MULBERRY, Fla. (WTSP) -- Developers in Polk County have plans to build thousands of homes in the same tiny city.
Mulberry, a city locals call a place where everybody knows everybody, has a population of 3,900 people.
The city is in talks with several different developers with the possibility of adding more than 6,000 new homes. It could take years, but if all of the potential developments actually happen, the city's population could quadruple.
“There is no place for Lakeland to go, except south in this area,” real estate developer Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corp., said.
Mims has had his eyes on Mulberry for years. Now, he's set to break ground on more than a hundred homes at this site in a month or two.
“It's the entrance way to the city of Mulberry, so we want it to pop,” he said of the Bridgeport Lakes development.
City Manager Rick Johnson said Mulberry has been getting ready for this explosion in growth by lowering property taxes and improving city infrastructure.
“We've always been referred to as South Lakeland,” he explained. “We're hoping we're not going to be referred to as that for very much longer.”
He thinks the current development will spur even more, including a several thousand home project that's been talked about but never built.
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