Press Releases & Newsletters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CRA approves increment rebate to JAXI CMD LLC FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2024) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has awarded a tax increment rebate to JAXI CMD LLC for The Royal Palm Hotel & Residences located at 2424 Edwards Drive in the not to exceed amount of $30,170,000. The…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CRA to acquire 2200 Jaylen Watkins St. for $700,000 for low/moderate housing FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2024) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved the acquisition of 11.24 acres of vacant land at 2200 Jaylen Watkins St. for $700,000 to be used for 26 units of low/moderate income…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CRA approves improvement matching grants for local businesses in MLK corridor  FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2024) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently approved two Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grants for the MLK Redevelopment Area. The first is for Ryan Van Horn, VH2 Properties LLC., located at 2269 Palm…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CRA approves commercial property improvement grants for Cleveland Ave. properties FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2024) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently approved Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grants for the Cleveland Avenue redevelopment area.  The first grant was awarded to Garvin Properties LLC property located at 4280 Cleveland Ave.…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CRA approves commercial property improvement grants for downtown FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2024) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently approved two Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grants for the Downtown Redevelopment Area. In December, the CRA had announced that due to a high volume of applications, the 2023/24 funding…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has awarded a tax increment rebate to Alessio Development FL, LLC in the not-to-exceed amount of $11,739,161.00 to develop 2501 Alessio Drive in Ft. Myers. The proposed project is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area and consists…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved a six-month extension on the commencement of the renovations of McCollum Hall. The CRA Board of Commissioners (BOC) granted the developer, G C McCollum, LLC, a requested six-month extension to commence construction as they seek approval from the City of…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved funding for two downtown businesses as part of their improvement matching grants. Voodoo Brewing, founded in 2005 in Meadville, PA and known for their award-winning craft beers, has now expanded to multiple taprooms across the country including Fort Myers. Located…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved funding for two downtown businesses as part of their improvement matching grants. Voodoo Brewing, founded in 2005 in Meadville, PA and known for their award-winning craft beers, has now expanded to multiple taprooms across the country including Fort Myers. Located…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has awarded a tax increment rebate to Alessio Development FL, LLC in the not-to-exceed amount of $11,405,347.76 to develop 2501 Alessio Drive in Ft. Myers. The proposed project is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area and consists…
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved a six-month extension on the commencement of the renovations of McCollum Hall. The CRA Board of Commissioners (BOC) granted the developer, G C McCollum, LLC, a requested six-month extension to commence construction as they seek approval from the City of…
Contact: LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier, Deputy Director of Communications, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency: (239) 321-7100   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CRA approves improvement matching grant for accounting firm FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved funding Dylan Hissam & Associates, a full-service accounting firm, located at 1937 Grace…
Exciting Changes to Our Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grant Application
Commercial Property Improvement Grant Application Hello Fort Myers Community! We are thrilled to share some noteworthy updates about our Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grant Application. The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has made important amendments to streamline the process and make it even more accessible to our community members. One key update is the shift from…
Introducing Our Updated Tax Increment Rebate Program Application
Tax Increment Rebate Program We have some exciting news to share with our developer community for the City of Fort Myers. As part of our ongoing commitment to improving service delivery and enhancing our engagement with the developer community, we are thrilled to announce updates to our Tax Increment Rebate Program Application. The Community Redevelopment…
Contact: LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier, Deputy Director of Communications, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency: (239) 321-7100   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   CRA approves matching grant for downtown warehouse FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 26, 2023) –The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved funding for Jay Seidl, owner of The Naples International Film Company Warehouse, to…
Pocket Park Lease Negotiation
At their July 27 regular meeting, the CRA Board of Commissioners approved staff moving forward with negotiations to create a pocket park at 2208 First Street with the owner, AMA First Capital LLC. The property had been home to one of the Downtown’s oldest buildings, which was demolished several years ago. Since the owner has…
Downtown Planter Project Expanded to River Basin
Commissioners have a approved the addition of decorative planters around the City’s River Basin on Hendry Street and Edwards Drive. Local resident Debra Gillen has generously provided funding for this extension to the planter box project she funded along First Street.  The First Street planters have brought an added dimension to the historic brick-lined downtown. When the…
Business Spotlight: DanaTyler Home
DanaTyler Home is located at 2279 First Street in the Downtown redevelopment area. They opened May 3, 2022, and offer home décor and furniture, complimentary in-home styling, and color consulting. The owner is Dana Klein and the Fort Myers Store Manager is Rani Florack. The company chose to convert from DanaTyler Jewelry to DanaTyler Home because…
Business Spotlight: Aquarium and Reef Center
Aquarium and Reef Center is located at 1920 Boy Scout Drive in the Cleveland Avenue redevelopment area (across from Page Field). They are a marine and freshwater aquarium shop that carries a complete line of aquarium products. Aquarium and Reef Center has been serving Southwest Florida for over 15 years. In addition to their Fort Myers…
St. Peter Claver affordable apartment project breaks ground. We embarked on an exciting new journey at the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Peter Claver Place Apartments. This affordable housing development is a testament to our commitment to revitalizing Fort Myers and enhancing the community. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency pledged $4.5 million in tax incentive…