Development Projects Updates
While apartments seem to be taking up all the oxygen, there is other development going on in our area. Here are some of the retail and restaurant projects coming to our area.
Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux, a Louisiana-based chain of restaurants/sports bars that features Cajun and Louisiana-style food, is proposing to build one in the parking lot of the shopping center on the north side of Pine Island Rd. just east of Aldi, home to the Around the Clock Fitness Center and one of the most colorful storage facilities in Cape Coral. Po Boys and Gumbo are coming your way!
If you’ve seen construction going on at the NE corner of Skyline and Veterans during your travels, that would be for an Outback Steak House.
The old Golden Corral on Pine Island Rd., which we reported was bought with plans for a new restaurant and possibly some retail, will be the location of a Texas-based sports bar and restaurant known as Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks bills itself as the ultimate sports lodge reminiscent of a comfortable cabin in the mountains with down-home cooking, plenty of specialty beers and all served by the Twin Peaks Girls.
Groundbreaking for a 30,000-square-foot retail project in our area is expected to begin this summer on the north side of Pine Island Road at SW 10th Place, just east of Boaters Paradise. The Shops at Del Mar will consist of four single-story buildings with 370 feet of frontage on Pine Island Road. The shopping center will offer a drive-thru unit and parking. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2024.
On the north side of Tropicana Pkwy., just a lot or two east of Burnt Store Rd., there is a plan to build a Dollar General Store. While there are a few already in our area, you can never get enough convenience and consistency.
Will Burnt Store Rd. be a Storage Facility hub?
Eventually, there could be four storage facilities dominating the scenery along Burnt Store Rd. between Embers and Tropicana Parkways. How all this plays out with City Council’s moratorium on new Storage Facilities and the restrictions placed on them along Burnt Store Rd. remains to be seen.
The 3-story Embers Storage facility on the north side of Embers and the west side of Burnt Store Rd. is in permitting. Area residents are voicing their disapproval of the project to City Officials because of building size and increased traffic in proximity to surrounding homes. Now, there’s a proposal to build another storage facility on the north side of Embers, but on the first block east of Burnt Store Rd. It’s called Marble Creek Self-Storage.
Hideaway Storage is already operational on the south side of the 7/11 at Tropicana and Burnt Store. A facility known as Burnt Store Self-Storage features six 2-story buildings and is currently in permitting for the NW corner of Tropicana and Burnt Store. They are, however, selling a 1-acre lot at the corner to be used for commercial purposes such as retail or restaurant. That’s a positive sign as Tropicana and Embers are the main entry points into the resort to be built on the Seven Islands.
Even though it’s known for its 644 apartments, the project on the southwest corner of Veterans and Pine Island Rd. also features a commercial portion. Fischler Real Estate is marketing the commercial space which is about 6.5 acres at the corner of Veterans and Pine Island Rd. The advertisement has a conceptual site plan showing what the project may look like as concepts can always change. The first phase of 316 apartments in six buildings and a clubhouse are in permitting now along with infrastructure. In the concept below, suggestions are for a hotel in the blue section, restaurant/retail in the pink, "other commercial" in the orange, and a stormwater management pond in the green.
There are another six buildings slated for later construction on the western side of the property. Take note of the access road that separates the commercial portion from the residential but also connects eastbound Pine Island Rd. to Veterans.