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.
Here we Grow - Development Preview for 2023
Here’s an idea for starting off the new year. Take a drive around the Northwest Cape and commit what you see to memory. By the end of 2023, things may look a lot different than they do today.
You can see what we mean already with shovels in the dirt currently for several projects along Pine Island Rd. Groundwork is underway at Coral Shores for an Achieva Credit Union going up on the west side of the 7/11. Ground has been broken for the “Springs at Coral Shores,” a 308-unit apartment complex, with two national (but unnamed) restaurants along Pine Island Rd. just east of McDonald's.
The Latigo Group is well into building infrastructure for a 444-unit apartment complex called “The Hadley” on the east side of Chiquita between Embers Pkwy. and Pine Island Rd. Latigo Group is a high-end builder out of Los Angeles and had been busy in Florida recently.
“The Club” is a 195-unit apartment complex on the west side of the Sam’s Club parking lot off Pine Island Rd. We did a You Tube video on this in Spring 2022 looking at an empty field. It is empty no more and “The Club” is well on its way to taking shape.
As we reported a year before construction started, an ABC Liquor store is going up on the northeast side of Chiquita and Pine Island Rd. Across the street on the south side of Pine Island Rd. is a US Postal Center and a Daybreak/Union 76 convenience store and gas station. They will be joined by a 20,000 sq ft Goodwill Store, located on the west side of Aldi, that is currently in permitting.
The following projects have just recently filed for Site Development and/or Commercial Construction permits. This means they’re out of the talking stage and into the moving forward stage, so we believe there is a very good chance you’ll see ground being broken in 2023 for the following:
The “Atlantica at Cape Coral” is a 380-unit apartment complex that will be across Pine Island Rd. from Carolina Apartments. Two commercial buildings would front the development.
The Cape Coral Town Center, also known as “Coral Grove” is a mixed-use development with 300 apartments in phase I followed by retail, restaurants, and a hotel in an environment that could very well make it a destination location for Cape Coral. It will span the area between the electrical plant and Bubbas on Pine Island Rd. See “Coral Grove” on the NWNA website for more details.
“Pine Island 300” is the working title for a 300-unit multi-family project with two commercial buildings in front. It will go between the German American Club and “Stor Quest” Storage on Pine Island Rd.
A couple of blocks north of the Pine Island Kohl’s is the 26-acre, 412-unit, $120 million “Siesta Lakes” development on La Paz Terrace. On the back burner for years, the site was purchased by Shoreham Capital in early 2022. Their goal is to deliver best-in-class amenities to Cape Coral’s growing population. Well see soon if they can deliver as they’ve just applied for permits to get the project rolling.
Back by Burnt Store Rd., permits have been sought for the land on the west side of Veterans and the north side of Pine Island Rd. In public hearings, the project was described as a mixed-use development. Early projections called for 6 multi-family buildings with 500 apartments, retail, restaurants and a hotel. Check out the developer Gilbane Development on-line to see what they’re capable of.
Further west, The Matlacha Fire Dept. is seeking to get Lee County approval for a helipad to be built next to their station on Pine Island Rd. Lee County is also reviewing a plan to open a used car lot/rental car business at the old welcome center on the south side of Pine Island Rd. just as you enter Matlacha.
At Burnt Store Rd. and Tropicana, across from the 7/11, a storage facility is working its way through permitting. It will consist of six 2-story buildings for climate-controlled storage.
Further north is the RV Resort at Tranquility Lake. Phase I is complete and Equity Lifestyles Properties is hosting FEMA trailers there for Hurricane Ian victims while Phase II and III are being constructed. At completion, the Resort will have a capacity of 500 RVs.
The Surfside Outpatient Center on Surfside and Veterans Pkwy will be getting a 14,000 sq ft expansion that will add more specialty services and a comprehensive rehabilitation center.
While we predict these projects will begin in 2023, there are many variables that could change things such as economics or natural disasters. In case you were curious, these projects account for over 2,500 new apartments in the NW Cape area not to mention 500 RV spaces for visitors the area.
Keep in mind that there are other projects in the discussion phase with city staff that will bring more amenities and many more residential units to our area, but we’ll talk about them at a later date.
Photo overview of Coral Grove coming to Pine Island Rd
Back at the dawning of 2023, we told you about the name change from Cape Coral Town Center to Coral Grove and that the project was gaining steam. Our article had several photos of what it might look like on the inside but now we’ve got a picture from overhead. If you drive down Pine Island Rd. you can see a sign for the development with this photo on it. But, we’ll provide it here for your safety so you won’t have to take your eyes off the road when you drive by.
Coral Grove features a Town Park surrounded by specialty stores, retail, and places to eat and drink.
The developer, is L&L Development Group, part of L&L Holding Co. of NY City. With high visibility projects in NY City, their first South Florida venture is the mixed-use Wynwood Plaza in Miami. There are several phases with infrastructure and a 300-unit Multi-Family development as Phase I. The construction contractor is Brooks and Freund, who built some of the most familiar projects in our area. This includes The Palms of Cape Coral, Midtown Apts., Aspire Apts., and Savonna Apts.
For more information or email updates go to these two websites: coral-grove.com and authenticff.com. You can also check our previous stories on this development at Nwcape.com.
Stay Tuned for More Updates Coming Soon Folks!
The RV Resort at Tranquility Lake, off Durden Parkway and Burnt Store Rd., has already made an impact on the city of Cape Coral in a good way before it even opens by providing a service for the community, they hope to be a productive part of.
While it wasn’t slated to begin accepting guests until the fall of 2023, they have opened its facility to FEMA trailers housing those who lost their homes permanently or temporarily in Hurricane Ian. The temporary residents are from Lee County with many from the barrier Islands such as Ft. Myers Beach and Pine Island.
On February 15th, 2023¸ board members of the Northwest Neighborhood Association were given a tour by Resort Manager, Kevin Karau of Equity Lifestyle Properties. The FEMA trailers, all similar in appearance, were neatly arranged on pads throughout the park giving it a neat, uniform appearance.
Development Review Committee Chairman
Vice President of the NWNA
While Tranquility Lake is still building out to its eventual capacity of 500 retail luxury RV Trailer Pads, it does have water and sewer to support the housing of up to 144 RVs as part of its first phase of construction. There are about 105 FEMA trailers parked there now.
Applicants must pass background checks to be allowed on the property. It’s a requirement by Resort Manager Equity Lifestyles Properties of all their guests now and when the Resort is opened and fully functioning. Rules are stringent to maintain a clean, safe environment. Temporary residents are on a 30-day renewal basis and must show proof that they are making progress towards finding permanent housing. The FEMA trailers are temporary and expected to remain for about 6 months, up to 2 years.
Occupancy limits are enforced, and 30-day maintenance inspections are required. The FEMA travel trailers set on the property are completely turnkey and ready for occupancy.
Once construction of the remaining phases are complete, the RV Resort at Tranquility Lake will be a full-fledged resort environment surrounding two lakes that will eventually include amenities such as a pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, and a dog park. The community is gated with 24-hour security.
The reservations center number for Equity Lifestyle Properties is 1-877-570-2267. Equity Lifestyle runs 445 RV parks and campsites throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Here We Grow Again!
We’ve been following the Cape Coral Town Center project for well over a year as we’ve heard this could be a game-changer for not only the NW Cape but the city as well. Developers have worked through the planning process and have just now submitted permit requests for site development and commercial construction under the name “Coral Grove at the Cape”.
The 131-acre site is located along the north side of SW Pine Island Rd. from the electrical power station, east to Bubbas, and then up and behind the German American Club. A public relations and branding campaign is providing a hint of what’s to come. Developers want to establish an active and exciting community center in Cape Coral with housing, retail, restaurants, hotel, and entertainment. They believe SW Florida’s Mediterranean Revival style of architecture is a timeless tropical style, uniquely suited for the laid-back Florida lifestyle, as well as the coastal landscape. You’ll see a modern approach to the area’s vintage style keeping it contemporary and comfortable. They call it - Cape Nouveau.
The developer, L&L Development Group, part of L&L Holding Co. of NY City, has a record of success in building and renovating structures from Broadway to 5th Ave. to Times Square. Its two leaders, Robert Lapidus and David Levinson were listed as #10 on the Commercial Observer’s Top 100 in Commercial Real Estate for 2022. Their first South Florida venture is the mixed-use Wynwood Plaza in Miami. It appears Cape Coral will be home to their second venture.
They’ve hired the firm Authentic, which connects brand, design and technology to real estate development. They’ve successfully been attracting businesses to the project
There are several phases with infrastructure and a 300 unit Multi-Family development as Phase I. Permit valuations show this first phase comes in at about $70 million. To give you an idea of what this phase could look like, the construction contractor is Brooks and Freund, who built some of the most familiar projects in our area. This includes The Palms of Cape Coral, Midtown Apts., Aspire Apts., Savonna Apts. and Madison Square along Cape Coral Pkwy.
For more information or email updates go to these two websites: coralgrove.com and authenticff.com.
Here We Grow - December 2022
Hurricane Ian was devastating to Cape Coral so you would think that it would put a damper on development projects in our area. But it appears that what attracted many of us to Cape Coral is maintaining that attraction for developers. In other words, they know a good thing when they see it.
For instance, Wisconsin based developer Continental Properties has broken ground on the Springs at Coral Shores apartment complex per a Dec. 2nd article in Gulf Shore Life Business.
The complex of just over 300 apartments will replace the open storage facility that sat to the east of McDonalds and will stretch over to the west side of the rehabilitation facility on the north side of Pine Island Rd. There are plans for two restaurants at the front of the project with tenants to be named later. Pre-leasing will begin in summer 2023 and the first residents are expected in the fall of 2023.
Another project that broke ground is a 444-unit apartment complex on the east side of Chiquita between Embers Pkwy. and Pine Island Rd., just visible behind a row of houses. As we reported several months ago, the Latigo Group bought out the Noble Vines planned development and moved quickly to get this project going. Latigo Group is a high-end builder out of Los Angeles and had been busy in Florida over the last few years. This complex will be known as The Hadley and is expected to be completed in 2024.
One other sign that developers aren’t skittish about building in the NW Cape after the hurricane is Sovereign Properties is moving forward on permitting for their 380-unit apartment complex known as “The Atlantica at Cape Coral” which will sit east of the rehab facility and Springs at Coral Shores. The project is valued at $80,000,000. It too will feature commercial entities along Pine Island Rd.
There’s also a proposed plan on the table for a mix of multi-family and single family homes on the north side of NW 40th Lane, west of Old Burnt Store Rd. in the far north of our area. Called for now, the “Old Burnt Store Rental Community”, the plan by AJW Development out of Dallas, calls for 300 units of garden-style multi-family and 210 units of single family homes. Keep in mind this is only in the discussion stage, but it was submitted well after the hurricane so, again, it shows the continued interest in Cape Coral not only from in-state developers but those from across the nation.