The 62 Acre Site on the Estero River (North of Corkscrew Road and East of U.S. 41)
Since the purchase of the property in 2018, considerable debate and discussion with the public and architects about what would constitute acceptable options occurred. The COVID pandemic, unfortunately, slowed this process. However, during the recent council meeting on Mar. 02, it was proposed that the roughly 30 acres to the south of the Estero river remain a protected environmental area that could not be developed.
The discussion centered around the plan to rezone the property from mixed-use to a public park. This rezoning ensures that it cannot be sold off for commercial use in the future. The land south of the river is an area of natural beauty. There are many mature trees of several types, together with a wetland area and a section home to gopher tortoises. A formal vote by the Village Council takes place at the next council meeting.
Work has already started on the first nature trail through the area, around 80% complete. A second trail will be built in the next few months. More will follow. An attractive open fence along U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road is also planned to provide the property’s boundary. It is anticipated that the area will be open to the public later in the year. The natural area will offer a peaceful natural environment for everyone to enjoy.
The area north of the Estero river is still under discussion regarding the most suitable options.
Estero to the North of Broadway
As amended, the County approved Mixed-Use Planned Development zoning in Resolution Z-10-017 for a proposed mixed-use project with bonus density, multifamily use, commercial uses, and specific design standards. A 34-acre site located on the east side of U.S. 41, north of Broadway and east of the Broadway Shoppes is being considered for a mixed-use with multifamily buildings, two mixed-use buildings and proposed commercial uses along U.S. 41. The initial phase will include the project’s backbone infrastructure, perimeter buffers, landscape, and streetscape.
Stock Commercial to Provide the First Retail Buildings in its mixed-use project in Estero Crossing.
Located on the south side of Corkscrew Road, between Three Oaks Parkway and I-75, Estero Crossing (east of Lowes) will feature 60,000 square feet of retail space. It will be positioned closest to Corkscrew Road and include six three-story luxury apartment buildings for a total of 306 residences positioned behind it.
Stock Commercial, a division of the highly respected Stock Development, has announced the construction of the two commercial buildings in its mixed-use project, Estero Crossing, is well underway.
Keith Gelder, President of Stock Commercial and Stock Luxury Apartment Living, noted that Stock is intentionally focusing on the retail portion of the project first and then will concentrate on the apartment section.
“We feel it’s important to complete the retail space upfront to essentially activate the project and provide a host of dining options, services, and amenities to our future residents immediately upon their moving in, as well as expand the options for the families living in the surrounding area1,” he said. (1– Commercial Buildings underway at Stock’s exciting new mixed-use project in Estero B-Squared Advertising Special to Naples Daily News Feb. 05, 2022)
Verdana Village on East Corkscrew.
Verdana Village, a new master-planned development on east Corkscrew Road, has announced that Publix will anchor the coming shopping center in the community. When completed, The Shoppes at Verdana Village will encompass over 78,000 square feet of grocery, retail, medical, and dining and will have additional space for lease, the release adds. The new Publix and adjacent Publix Liquor store will occupy 49,500 sq. ft. Heartland Dental and other tenants will join Publix.
The Verdana Village development will benefit the environment and restore historic water flow ways previously disrupted by agricultural use, encouraging wildlife to thrive. The building is now well underway, with many residents already moving into their homes. The community will be home to 2,400 residential homesites across the street from The Place at Corkscrew. The development consists of 2,138 acres of land that will enhance and not detract from the natural environment in the area. The developers stated they are disturbing zero wetlands on the entire site.
The New Estero Fire Rescue Station on East Corkscrew Road
Schenkel Shultz Architecture has designed the Estero Fire Rescue Station No. 45 and Training Facility on East Corkscrew Road. The new 19,200 square-foot facility on five acres features an open layout for rapid response, a biodiversity garden, a training area, and a fitness trail. The fire station will include three drive-through bays and two back-in bays, a dayroom, a kitchen, bunk rooms, a fitness room, a public lobby, and A multi-purpose training room for community use. Several design strategies were incorporated to promote first responders’ health, safety, and wellness. The project also includes a multi-building training area with structures designed to simulate real-world scenarios for first responders.
The applicant is requesting approval of a development order for phase one of their project, which consists of 141 lots at the north end of their site and their entry feature and gatehouse.
There are three phases to this residential community, with 554 single-family homes and a common recreation area. This property is located at 12840 Corkscrew Road between Wildcat Run and The Preserve at Corkscrew. The Phase 1 Development order have been approved, construction the land is being cleared and construction has started.
This development (a four-story, 180-apartment community) on Williams Road and Via Coconut is nearing completion. The development is on 13 acres at the southeastern corner of Williams Road and Via Coconut Point, just east of the Hertz Global Headquarters. Miami-based 13th Floor Investments are developing the project. This has been renamed “The Reserve at Coconut Point”. Construction is now complete and rentals are in progress.
An amendment has been submitted to construct single-family homes and townhomes instead of condominium buildings 5 and 6. The request reduces the height and changes the multifamily to luxury single-family residences and townhomes, replacing 74 units with 40 units, 14 of which are single-family homes. Genova is on the southeast corner of Via Coconut and Corkscrew Road.
The Colonnade (on Corkscrew Road, opposite Genova)
The Colonnade will be built on 21± acres located on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Sandy Lane. It will be a multifamily development proposed on Via Coconut across from Genova. It will be the first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Estero. The plans can be seen by clicking here – https://play.champds.com/ATT/esterofl/2022-03/35947b9e88f9749376a436efefbacd8a993d25b7.pdf
Via Coconut (on via Coconut on the west side of Genova)
Via Coconut is a new 20-Acre development on the West Side of Via Coconut, to the south of Corkscrew Road.
The development proposed includes 330 multifamily dwelling units, 29,600 square feet of commercial use, and a 10,000-square foot church or alternative commercial use.
The commercial development may involve an Animal Clinic, Banks & Financial institutions, a Bar, a Broadcast Studio (Commercial Radio & Television), cinemas and theaters, Community Gardens, and a public dog park on the south side of the property also included in the plans.
Other options being considered for the development include restaurants, convenience food and beverage store, a Cultural Facility, Day Care Center, Drugstore, Grocery store or food market, Hardware Store, Household and Office Furnishings, Insurance Companies, Dry-cleaning & Laundry Services, Library, Post Office, and Medical or Dental Lab.
The developer has dedicated a Public Park on the overall site to the Village and will maintain it in perpetuity. They are also planning pedestrian and road connections to the railroad right-of-way and Happy Hollow Lane. The need for a crosswalk will be determined at the time of the development order. They will examine the situation in Happy Hollow Lane to determine if a turnaround or cul-de-sac is needed.
This significant development will add a wide variety of other commercial businesses to our location and major attractions to our area. Click here for more details of the plans: https://play.champds.com/ATT/esterofl/2022-01/1e54ffb17c22253f484c0b6679d367b5d051c571.pdf
The proposed Coconut Landing development will be located off Coconut Road ¼ mile from the Coconut Point Hyatt Resort next to El Dorado Acres. The development will feature 25 single-family homes with a private pool, and the homes will have a VIP membership to the Coconut Point Hyatt Resort. This project is now being in progress.
West Bay Club
A public hearing was held regarding the request for a new high rise at West Bay to increase the height from 20 stories over parking to 23 stories over parking (approximately 270 feet) plus 20 feet for rooftop equipment for a proposed 88-unit high-rise building on Pod 5 at the West Bay Club. The Board recently approved the amendment with conditions. The four units per floor with two penthouse levels would provide 88 units over one level of parking. The glass on the building will be non-reflective. West Bay Club is located at the end of Williams Road, west of U.S. 41.
The Tides at Pelican Landing
The Tides at Pelican Landing is located on the west side of U.S. 41, south of Coconut Road. The applicant is in the process of repainting their apartment buildings and is requesting the Board to review five new exterior color schemes. The applicant is in the process of repainting their 11 apartment buildings and was requesting the Board to review five new exterior color schemes as demonstrated in their presentation. They visited neighboring communities to review the existing color schemes to develop the proposed paint palette. The request reduces the height and changes the multifamily to single-family residences and townhomes, replacing 74 units with 40 units. The application was recently approved.
Brightwork Real Estate, Estero Town Commons Place
The applicant proposes providing a convenience store with a gas station at the Estero Town Commons to service traffic heading to the interstate. They request a zoning amendment to include a deviation to allow a Wawa convenience store and fast-food restaurant with gas within 500 feet of an existing gas station to the north on Corkscrew Road. This property is located on the south side of Corkscrew Road on the parcel previously occupied by Ruby Tuesday close to Stoneybrook.
The New School Planned for Three Oaks near the Post Office.
AS OF NOV. 16, THIS DEVELOPMENT WAS PUT ON HOLD BY THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD.
The Lee Health Development on the Northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road
Ben Spence, Lee Health’s Chief Financial & Business Services Officer, recently announced that most of the 46-acre property at the above location would be sold to a developer. Lee Health will retain a small portion of the land for its future growth.
Mr. Spence stated that the decision by the Lee Health Board of Directors to sell this property was consistent with the long-term plan established for the property when it was purchased. Over the past several years, Lee Health has collaborated with various stakeholders, including the Village of Estero and the ECCL. It plans to build a vision and concept for a mixed-use development on the land. With the decision to sell, Lee Health remains committed to this vision and will conduct a national search to find the most suitable developer for the property.
Lee Health will shortly market the property nationally to master developers and encourage buyers to incorporate the extensive planning invested in the concept. Lee Health has indicated that they will share prospective developer conversations with the Village staff and, if possible, incorporate their desire for health and wellness offerings as a condition of sale.
The Brooks Town Center Development Plans (Corner of Three Oaks and Coconut Road)
At a Village Council meeting on Oct. 27, the Council voted to acknowledge vesting for the use of “multifamily low-rise” by Long Bay Partners LLC only. However, they indicated that no vested rights exist for a specific number of units, nor a staff final plan approval process. No additional information is available currently.
Renovations at the South County Regional Library.
The South County Regional Library became the County’s first regional library in 1996. Due to the age and configuration of the building, renovations are needed to provide the Estero community with a library better suited to meet their current needs. The planned renovations for the library include an automated material handler, upgraded building systems, reconfiguration of the interior to serve the public and the staff better, ADA upgrades, a new roof, and site improvements. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
Oak & Stone Restaurant, Estero Crossing Building #4 1,000 feet west of the intersection of Corkscrew Road and I-75
A development order for a 5,300± square-foot restaurant on a 5-acre out parcel located at the northeast portion of Estero Crossing was submitted in November 2021. The mixed-use project is under construction by Naples-based Stock Development. A more than 5,300-square-foot restaurant and bar with a covered patio is proposed for an out parcel. It will be the first Lee County location of Florida-based Oak & Stone, an artisan pizza and craft beer dining concept that launched at Logan Landings in North Naples in early 2020.
The new Estero Medical Center Serving Lee County, including Estero, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral, is now open and located on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway, across the street from Lowes in the Estero Medical Center at 10201 Arcos Ave, Suite 203 Estero, FL 33928.
Abbiati Dental and Medical Office Building
This building will be on a ±1-acre vacant parcel located on the west side of U.S. 41, south of the Fountain Lakes entrance. Development Order for the proposed 10,000 square foot dental and medical office building was submitted in January 2022.
Shoppes at University Highlands
The Shoppes at University Highlands have applied for a development order to add a one-story, 7,300 square foot commercial building on a vacant parcel on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway just north of Miromar Outlets. The new building is proposed to have 6,000 square feet of retail space and a 1,300 square-foot restaurant. It’s the fifth building for University Highlands, including 14 acres of retail, hotel, and office properties.
Clean Machine Car Wash
Clean Machine, a drive-thru car wash business, will build their latest car wash approximately 200 feet north of Aldi’s on U.S. 41.
True Fashionistas to Participate in FGCU’s Internship Program
True Fashionistas Resale, a designer resale and consignment store, has been selected by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) as a business participant in the FGCU Bank of America sixth annual Student Small Business Readiness Certificate Program. The program pairs approved students and participating businesses for a month-long intensive internship, shadowing, and mentorship curriculum from October to November. Students assigned to True Fashionistas will have a learning project to create a marketing campaign or customer database and a final project. The program culminates with a reception on the FGCU campus on Nov. 17. True Fashionistas will also provide an optional remote program.
Lids at Miromar Outlets
Lids have opened a new location at Miromar Outlets, located in Suite 167, next to the Nike Factory Outlet. The store offers 2,330 square feet of officially licensed sports and branded merchandise, including hats and apparel for men, women, children, accessories, and Florida Gulf Coast University gear. Lids at Miromar Outlets will also feature a customization and embroidery station, where guests can customize hats and purchase licensed professional and collegiate gear.
The Food Rock Cafe
The Food Rock Café had a grand opening on Jul. 9 in Suite 440 at University Village in Fort Myers. The restaurant overlooks a lake and fountain in a space previously home to “Get Fried.” The Food Rock Café restaurant offers salads and daily homemade soups, hamburgers with fries, tacos, gyros, empanadas, and more. Many of the dishes have an island twist, with flavors and influences from chef and owner JD Damas’s Haitian homeland and the Colombian heritage of his wife and co-owner, Jennifer Verbel Damas. Call 239-257-1176.
AutoZone will locate their building in the Plaza Del Sol Commercial Planned Development subdivision, 10250 Arcos Avenue, adjacent to Culvers on the southeast corner of Puerto Way and Corkscrew Road. It will be on a 1.86-acre vacant parcel with a monument sign located at Corkscrew Road and Puerto Way.
Pavich Realty plans to convert a small existing property on Happy Hollow & Corkscrew Road (just west of the glasshouse on the corner of Via Coconut) for their office and small café. Plans were submitted in December 2021 to rezone two lots totaling .73+/- acre from agricultural to an Estero Planned Development Ordinance 2021-Feb. 02 17, 2021. This development would allow a 2-story multi-use commercial development with:
- 8,000 square feet of office, restaurant, retail, or cafe and
- 950 square feet of courtyard/outdoor seating.
- 26 Parking spaces
Fifth Third Bank
A new Fifth Third Bank has been built on a vacant parcel at Miromar. The bank is now operational at the Miromar Square location.
The photo studio enables clients to produce professional-quality photos of themselves to share on social media platforms such as Instagram. The studio is at 20451 S. Tamiami Trail.
Greg Norman Golf
This store has expanded at Miromar Outlets, adding 1,252 additional square feet
This restaurant has opened near the WINK Playland at Miromar Outlets
This restaurant has opened at Gulf Coast Town Center in the former site of Naples Coastal Kitchen