Fort Myers Integrated Downtown Redevelopment Strategy
City of Fort Myers hosts public meeting for Downtown/Midtown/Gardner’s Park redevelopment strategy
The City hosted a Public Information Workshop on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Attendees viewed a presentation that detailed the purpose of the project, which is to increase density in the study area through Smart Development and to revitalize the Midtown area, enumerated the many past public meetings and current meetings of the Advisory Committee, and shared information on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The team from the University of South Florida and City Staff engaged residents and local business owners about the vision for Midtown. City Staff also answered questions and discussed the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Comment sheets were given at the meeting and feedback is still being accepted through the Contact Us page.
A third Advisory Committee Workshop was held last Thursday, January 11, 2018. A summary of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments were presented to the Advisory Committee members. Members were then asked to discuss the proposed plan changes recommended by USF based on input previously received from the Committee members. After discussion about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments, committee members broke into groups to further discuss the vision plan for Midtown. The meeting concluded with a brief summary of the afternoon’s workshop and what to expect moving forward.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Next Steps
•January 18, 2018 - Public Meeting at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
•February 5, 2018 – City Council Meeting to present the Comprehensive Plan Amendment recommendations and Transmittal Hearing to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
•March 2018 – DEO to provide comments on proposed amendments to Comprehensive Plan
•Final adoption hearing to take place within 180 days
Work on drafting land development code updates consistent with proposed comprehensive plan amendments will happen concurrently.
On November 1, 2017, more than 50 people gathered on November 1 at the City Pier building for the second Fort Myers Integrated Redevelopment Strategy Advisory Committee workshop. Committee members rotated to work stations throughout the room to create modified charrettes, and to brainstorm their vision of the Downtown, Midtown and Gardner’s Park areas of the City.
After the working sessions, facilitators from the City along with faculty and students from the University of South Florida presented the ideas that were gathered. The committee will reconvene early in January to take the next steps toward creating a vision for future developments in the City.
This project is intended to build on previous planning efforts in Downtown Fort Myers. It will address some needed updates to the different documents that regulate density and height in the Downtown core and Gardner’s Park, and assist local residents, government agencies, investors, property owners and other stakeholders in crafting a long-term urban design vision for private and public investment in the Midtown area.
On August 23, 2017, the City of Fort Myers held the first Advisory Committee Listening Session to listen to and understand the concerns, ideas and insights of local stakeholders regarding an integrated approach for the redevelopment of key areas within the City of Fort Myers: Downtown, Midtown and Gardner’s Park. As a critical resource to this effort, this initial session was also intended to garner input from Advisory Committee members, and to help identify priorities and a strategic direction for this effort. The City will hold public workshops, presentations and additional Advisory Committee meetings throughout the planned one-year project time frame.
The seven questions below were discussed at the Advisory Committee meeting, and the City welcomes your input as well. If you have questions or would like to comment, you are invited to submit your comments on Contact Us page.
City of Fort Myers Hosts Public Meeting on the Midtown Vision Plan
On April 5, 2018, the City of Fort Myers hosted a public information workshop about the Midtown Vision Plan at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The boundaries of the Midtown area are Cleveland Avenue/US 41 to the west, Edison Avenue to the south, Evans Avenue to the east, and Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard/SR 82 to the north. Attendees viewed a presentation explaining the purpose of the project, past work and meetings that have led to this point in the visioning process, as well as some preliminary ideas about the Midtown Vision Plan. After the presentation, there was a charrette where residents were encouraged to review numerous display boards and speak with City staff and members of the project team from the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design. There was meaningful dialog and idea sharing as members of the public heard more about the concepts being considered in the preliminary Midtown Vision Plan and shared ideas of their own.
Comment sheets were given at the meeting and feedback is still being accepted through the Contact Us page. The team will process all the input received and integrate these ideas and suggestions into the Midtown Vision Plan. We expect a City Council Workshop in late April where the preliminary Midtown Vision Plan will be introduced to Council, and a presentation of the final Midtown Vision Plan at a regular City Council meeting in May. Check back here for meeting dates as they are scheduled. They will also be posted on the City’s website.
Midtown Visioning Plan Public Workshop from April 5, 2018
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Fort Myers Integrated Downtown Redevelopment Strategy