Here We Grow Again – March 2021 Edition
Cape Coral is reaching out to an outside entity for an experienced big picture view of what the city can become as it builds out. At the 10:00 am March 10th Committee of the Whole meeting, the nationally and internationally recognized Urban Land Institute will present to City Council the process by which they can assist the city in forming a vision for economic development in the Cape now and over the next 50 years.
ULI has assisted over 700 communities in urban development, land use, strategic planning, and image enhancement. You can catch the presentation on the city website under “Agenda” or on YouTube after the fact. There’s no doubt you will find there’s much to consider for Cape Coral.
As for current development in our area, we had reported a while back that there was a plan for a Raceway gas/convenience store with fast-food and retail on the northeast corner of Chiquita and Pine Island Rd., however, there’s now a new owner of the land.
That owner is ABC Liquors Inc. of Orlando and they are planning a 12,000 sq foot liquor store for that property with the addition of two 1,275 units which would be for a drive-thru restaurant and retail store, with tenants to be determined. It’s good to have choices and with ABC Fine Wines and Spirits in our neighborhood, that may be worth toasting!
Two fast-food restaurants are on the horizon for the area around Home Depot on Skyline. Plans are out for a Wendy’s on the lot next to Dairy Queen. Directly across the street will be a Culvers in front of Home Depot.
There are still plans for a gas/convenience store and fast-food restaurants at the other vacant corners of that intersection but they are tentative. Don’t forget that on the east side of Aldi, there will be a Joe V’s Farmers Market which may be breaking ground this summer.
Further west on Pine Island Rd., Coastal Building Supply is building a Decks and Docks store in front of their current operation which will enhance the shopping experience at that location.
Burnt Store 300: The city’s Economic Development website is promoting Med Tech, Supply Chain, and Light Industrial Developments in our area to diversify businesses and create good-paying jobs. The Cape’s existing industrial parks on Andalusia and Viscaya, are nearly built out with no new space to accommodate new industry. The city is promoting the following areas:
*Burnt Store Road above Kismet, the City owns a 300-acre site that lacks public infrastructure but features good access to Interstate 75.
Hideaway Storage is moving forward with a site plan for a Burnt Store location just south of the Tropicana 7/11. The public storage facility will encompass 78,869 square feet with 6 buildings.
*Pine Island Road west of Chiquita Blvd. has three privately-owned undeveloped sites, one representing 120 acres and two other sites located across the roadway (this includes the once proposed Walmart site).
And if you haven’t heard, zoning has been approved in Charlotte County for a tiny home development on Burnt Store Rd.
It’s south of Punta Gorda and not in Cape Coral, but since tiny homes have been an on-again, off-again topic in Cape Coral, you might want to take a look at what this type of development could look like.
You can do that by going to the developer’s website at Simple-life.com or check out the Wink News link below.
This Charlotte County development would cap at 230 homes and is geared towards seniors and singles. The homes are as small as 400 square feet, with only 1-2 bedrooms. Prices start at $130,000 but can go up to $180,00 depending on size and amenities. Owners must lease the land and pay a lifestyle fee.