Catch the Vision: Cape Coral apartment projects abounding in 2021

The 10th Annual Catch the Vision detailed a number of new apartment projects…

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David Dorsey
 
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In The Know: Victory Park in Cape Coral

In The Know: Victory Park in Cape Coral

Ricardo Rolón, Fort Myers News-Press

More than a year after entertaining a record crowd of about 700, the 10th Annual Cape Coral “Catch the Vision” event took place, like many other events, on laptop computers, tablets and other devices logged on across one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Billy Johnson, executive director of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, and Joe Mazurkiewicz, former mayor and a business consultant, co-hosted the event as they have in years past. But this time, they were sitting about six feet apart from what they billed as their “secret bunker.”

They also were without a live audience.

The duo taped the event, which was broadcast on CapeTV at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Although they did not have a theme, they could have settled on new, multi-family apartment complexes.

Here’s a look at some of the segment highlights:

Fairfield Inn by Marriott: The 109-room, four-story, $13 million hotel at 1701 Old Pondella Road, is slated to open March 17, said Mai Perez, the director of sales at the hotel. All rooms will have 55-inch plasma televisions, coffee makers and free WiFi.

The hotel will provide about 22 jobs. It will have free breakfast for guests, a fitness center, pool and meeting room.

Cape West 91 Villas: Chris Curran of Curran Young Construction revealed burrowing owls and gopher tortoises have been removed from the construction site at 1414 SW 17th Ave., just north of Trafalgar Parkway, and found new homes.

“It’s going to look like a square,” Curran said. “All of the apartments are going to be flanking the outside. The middle will have a pool and a shaded structure. It’s going to be really nice. We’re down the street from the water. We’re really trying to make it look like a residential style building. We think it’s going to compliment the area.”

Rents will be between $1,400 and $1,700 a month. The $15.5 million project will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

Pine Island Village: The development at 1311 NE Pine Island Road faced delays in construction because of the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, said Ray Masciana, the developer.

“With Covid coming in, we decided to change the plan from office-retail to all flex space,” Masciana said.

The project was scaled back from a first phase of 36,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet.

“It can be retail or office,” he said. The decision means “reduced costs for the consumer to rent.”

Victory Park: Danny Aguirre of Blue Waters Development Group discussed the 140-acre, master plan development site that will begin with a new Wyndham Garden hotel adjacent to the Veterans Affairs clinic in Cape Coral.

Gates Construction will be managing construction.

The site is at the northeast corner of Diplomat Parkway and NE 24th Avenue at 2313 NE 24th Ave.

There’s also 110,000 square feet of warehouse and medical office space envisioned.

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“With anything we do, we want to bring in quality product and quality services,” Aguirre said. “We want to be able to focus on biotech and bio med. We want to focus on industries that will bring in quality jobs to the Cape.”

Island Pearl: Burnt Store Road and State Road 78.

“We are in the permitting with the City of Cape Coral, Lee County and South Florida Water Management,” Aguirre said. “We are bringing 30,000 square feet of medical office space and 40,000 square feet of commercial space.

“The focus of our group is about the community. It’s not about any individual. When we talk about the northwest community, it’s completely underserviced. We did an outreach with the northwest homeowner’s association. When you think of restaurants, we want to be able to bring in quality restaurants.”

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Madison Square: A residential community for ages 55 and over will be taking shape this year at 819 Miramar St. in southwest Cape Coral. This is just south of Cape Coral Parkway and east of Coronado Parkway.

There will be 82 units spread over seven stories. Construction is expected to begin in March and finished by May of 2022.

Aspire Apartment Living: A 319-unit complex on 20 acres likely will break ground by this summer off Chiquita Boulevard and Savona Parkway. There will be a luxury clubhouse with a resort-style pool, walking trails, dog parks, playground, pickleball court, barbecue grills and a secondary private clubhouse for residents.

It will be a $54 million project, said Chris Spiro, president and CEO of Spiro & Associates, a brand architecture firm that’s representing Triton Capital of Chicago.

“It’s going to be a great destination for renters to live in Cape Coral,” Spiro said. “It will bring much-needed rental units in this part of town. Triton Capital is bullish on Cape Coral. They’re so much looking forward to being part of our great city.

“It’s going to change the face of south Chiquita Boulevard.”

Johnson and Mazurkiewicz also featured updates on a city boat ramp near Matlacha at the western end of state road 78 and an interview with new city manager Rob Hernandez. He talked about the city’s need for more Class A office space, his desire to entice more businesses to relocate to Cape Coral and provide job opportunities and a pilot program to connect artists, musicians and architects in the south Cape.

“With regards to commercial development, there’s a lot that’s happening,” Hernandez said. “Things are certainly on the move in the city in terms of commercial development.”

The 48-minute Catch the Vision event is archived and can be viewed at cape-tv.com.

Connect with this reporter: David Dorsey (Facebook), @DavidADorsey (Twitter).

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