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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

Large American flag unveiled at June 2019 Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

Luminary Hotel & Co. celebrated a milestone on June 6, 2019, when its final structural beam was hoisted in place.

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Downtown Vantage Lofts/DevMar Approved for CRA Rebate

Vantage Lofts Apartments Rendering in the Downtown Redevelopment Area

Vantage Lofts, a luxury rental apartment complex to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for an increment rebate of $11.4 million, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on June 26.

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Grand Central Update

Grand Central Apartment Construction Aerial View from the Southeast

The Grand Central apartments under construction and appear to be on pace for completion by March 2020. All Retail is completed and open for business.

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

New CFM Landscaping Plan for Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd

New Landscaping Rendering for Dream Center along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

David M. Jones and Associates, Inc., Gregory J. Diserio, RLA, has worked with J.B. Schuetz, Parks and Beautification Manager with the City of Fort Myers, to create a new landscape design for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (State Road 82).

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel/HIDEV Group LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

Fort Myers Downtown Holiday Inn Rendering 1

Holiday Inn, a 6-story, 135-room full-service hotel to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate up to $3,300,000, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on May 22.

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Alma's Fashion Boutique, Inc.

This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Alma's Fashion Boutique, Inc., dress and gown shop, located at 3623 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details!

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Frank Amati Joins Fort Myers CRA

Frank Amati Fort Myers CRA Community Redevelopment Manager

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Frank Amati has joined the CRA as Community Redevelopment Manager.

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Grand Central Apartments Construction In Progress

Grand Central Luxury Apartments Before and In Progress aerial photos

Exciting work continues along Cleveland Avenue! Here's an aerial view of the Grand Central Apartments project in progress (lower image) - and what the area looked like a year and a half ago (upper image).

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

FieldEdge Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

FieldEdge company logo

FieldEdge, formerly dESCO, was approved to participate in the CRA Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program. FieldEdge is the company that invented service software for contractors.

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

EFM Spotlight: La Michoacana Ice Cream Shop

This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is La Michoacana ice cream shop, located at 3629 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details!

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Posted on: April 11, 2019

The Truth About Community Redevelopment Agencies

These community-minded entities can be structured differently but have common goals. April 2019 Gulfshore Business article by Lori Johnston.

Please click the link below to access the article on redevelopment agencies from Gulfshore Business:

The Truth About Community Redevelopment Agencies article

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Cheryl Thornton Joins Fort Myers CRA, Receives Promotion

Cheryl Thornton, Fiscal Manager for Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Cheryl Vaughan Thornton, who joined the CRA in September 2018 as Community Redevelopment Manager, and was promoted to the role of Fiscal Manager for the Agency in March 2019.

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

First Company Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

Cigent Technology Incorporated Applies for CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Program, cropped i

The first company approved to participate in Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program is Cigent Technology Inc.

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CRA - News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

More Than Just a Garden – Barden Street’s New Community Garden Selected $13,000 Grant

Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center Picture with curved beds

On February 27, 2019, CRA commissioners approved a grant for up to $13,000 to complete the $246,000 Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center (BCG), requested by the I Will Mentorship Foundation.

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Andy's Mini Market & Grocery

This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Andy's Mini Market & Grocery, located at 3805 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details!

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CRA - News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

Grand Central Project Shaping Up!

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The Grand Central project on Cleveland Avenue is really shaping up!

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

Beautification of the medians and underneath the Colonial Boulevard overpass has been completed!

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

EFM Spotlight: El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant & Bakery

This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant & Bakery, located at 3917 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details!

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Neenie's House

This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Neenie's House, located at 481 Marsh Avenue. View their video for more details!

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Sheryl Rea Joins Fort Myers CRA

Sheryl Rea, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Sheryl Rea joined the CRA in January 2019 as Sr. Administrative Assistant.

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

New Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Picture

The CRA’s program will incentivize the creation and retention of full-time employment within the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Areas by offering a grant payment to companies that create or relocate high wage full-time jobs within an area.

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

CRA to purchase Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle for Fort Myers River District Special Event

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Medical Fire Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)

CRA Board approved the purchase of a customized Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) for $26,000 using Downtown redevelopment area funds, to be used by the Fire Department to better navigate through the River District’s growing special events.

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

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