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Public Workshop for Downtown/Gardner’s Park/Midtown Redevelopment Strategy

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The City of Fort Myers, in cooperation with the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design, will host a public workshop to gather feedback from the community on the Downtown/Gardner’s Park/Midtown density study and preliminary vision plan for the Midtown neighborhood. The public is encouraged to attend the workshop that takes place on January 18, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers 33901.

The City and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are partnering with University of South Florida’s College of Architecture and Community Design on the Downtown/Gardner’s Park/Midtown Density Study Project to develop an integrated strategy for future growth with enhanced interconnectivity between Downtown, Midtown and Gardner’s Park. In 2017, the City held two advisory committee workshops to gather community input for an overall vision of the three areas, and a third advisory committee workshop will take place prior to the public workshop.

This workshop is an opportunity for the public to examine a number of density/height scenarios and to provide input for density ranges that are appropriate for Downtown and Gardner’s Park. Participants are also encouraged to provide ideas and concepts for a long-term urban design vision for redevelopment in the Midtown area.

The intended strategy would boost development potential in the Midtown neighborhood. Added development opportunity could lead to more housing options, as well as additional businesses and investment in the city.

“We hope that the community will join the members of the advisory committee in providing their input to the visioning process,” said Steven Belden, Community Development Director for the City of Fort Myers. “We value their input to help determine how the City develops in the future to best meet the needs of our citizens.”

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