1. West End at City Walk Exterior Amenity Building Rendering from December 2019

    City Walk TIF Agreement Amendment Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    An amendment to the Fort Myers City Walk Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Rebate Agreement that severs the hotel portion of the project was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  2. McCollum Hall Aerial view in 2019

    McCollum Hall Update: Financing Secured, Performance Schedule & Consent to Lease Approved

    McCollum Redevelopment Associates, LLC/Reva Development Corporation has secured financing to complete the restoration of historic McCollum Hall, a former dance hall and retail center in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area. Read More
  3. Four images demonstrating Art on the Ground

    Connecting Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Project / Grant Application Submission Authorized by CRA Board

    Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to apply for a $25,000 to enhance the safety and pedestrian experience through the deployment of meaningful asphalt art installations along the route of Walk Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour. Read More
  4. Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

    Fort Myers CRA Job Creation & Talent Attraction: 17 Candidates, $81,000 Grant Funds

    The Fort Myers CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Program, a grant available to businesses in targeted industries, has welcomed a total of 17 candidates and a possible total of $81,000 to companies in targeted industries since December 2018. Read More
  5. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Color Logo

    One Allure TIF Agreement Amendment Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    An amendment to the One Allure Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Rebate Agreement to extend the construction start date to July 1, 2020, was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  6. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Michele Hylton Terry

    Michele Hylton-Terry Appointed to FRA Board of Directors

    Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) on October 17, 2019, at the FRA’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. Read More
  7. Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Map

    Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Available

    Now Available for Free Download: The Fort Myers Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour on the Florida Stories app. Read More
  8. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Antoine Williams

    Antoine Williams Joins CRA as Assistant Director

    Antoine Williams has joined the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as Assistant Director. Read More
  9. Royal Palm Garden Apartments Rendering

    MLK Royal Palm Gardens Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate

    Royal Palm Gardens Apartments, a renovation of the already-established, 80-unit affordable housing community Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments, was approved for a tax increment rebate at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on October 23. Read More
  10. Hampton Inn Fort Myers Rendering

    Downtown Hampton Inn Hotel Approved for CRA Rebate

    Hampton Inn by Hilton Fort Myers, a four-story, 118-room hotel to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $1.9 million at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on September 25. Read More
  11. Saint Peter Claver Place Apartments Rendering

    MLK St. Peter Claver Place Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate Approved for CRA Rebate

    Phase I of St. Peter Claver Place Apartments, to be developed by National Development of America and the Diocese of Venice, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $4 million at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on September 25. Read More
  12. Silver Hills Apartments Rendering

    Silver Hills Apartments/Edwards Co. & Silver Hills Dev, Inc., Approved for CRA Rebate

    Silver Hills at Fort Myers, a two-building, four-to-five-story luxury apartment community to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $12.96 million, at the CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on August 28. Read More
  13. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

    Cheryl Thornton Earns FRA-RP Designation

    CRA Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton has earned the Florida Redevelopment Association’s Redevelopment Professional (FRA-RP) designation. Read More
  14. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director holding Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic De

    Michele Hylton-Terry Presented with 2019 Economic Development Person of the Year

    At the NAACP Freedom Fund Gala on Sept. 21, Master of Ceremonies Lee Pitts presented Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry with the Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic Development Person of the Year Award. Read More
  15. Title Image of Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future video

    The Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future (Video)

    The Collaboratory is southwest Florida’s first public sphere where people from different backgrounds, interests and areas of expertise exchange ideas—either in person or virtually worldwide through the ultra-high-speed Florida Lambda Rail network. Read More
  16. West End at City Walk Exterior Sitting Area image

    West End at City Walk To Begin Construction

    West End at City Walk, the apartment component of West First Street’s City Walk project, will begin construction soon. Read More
  17. Seaboard Waterside Apartments Rendering

    MLK Seaboard Waterside Apartments/Greenwald LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

    Seaboard Waterside Apartments, an 8-story, 420-rental unit to be built in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $11.48 million at the CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on July 17. Read More
  18. Luminary Hotel Exterior at Topping Out Ceremony

    Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

    Luminary Hotel & Co. celebrated a milestone on June 6, 2019, when its final structural beam was hoisted in place. Read More
  19. Vantage Lofts Apartments Rendering in the Downtown Redevelopment Area

    Downtown Vantage Lofts/DevMar Approved for CRA Rebate

    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. Read More
  20. Grand Central Apartment Construction Aerial View from the Southeast

    Grand Central Update

    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. Read More
  21. New Landscape design for Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

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

    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). Read More
  22. Fort Myers Downtown Holiday Inn Rendering

    Holiday Inn Hotel/HIDEV Group LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

    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. Read More
  23. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight La Michoacana

    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! Read More
  24. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Redevelopment Manager Frank Amati

    Frank Amati Joins Fort Myers CRA

    The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Frank Amati has joined the CRA as Community Redevelopment Manager. Read More
  25. Logo of FieldEdge company that was approved to participate in CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction

    FieldEdge Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

    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. Read More
  26. Photo of Wall Art showing possibilities for Fort Myers Art Stumble

    Art Stumble 2020 Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    Art Stumble 2020, a mural-painting project on the wall behind McCollum Hall and a corresponding event by the Fort Myers Mural Society, was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  27. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight La Michoacana

    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! Read More
  28. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

    Cheryl Thornton Joins Fort Myers CRA, Receives Promotion

    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. Read More
  29. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Color Logo

    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. Read More
  30. Cigent Technology Incorporated logo

    First Company Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

    The first company approved to participate in Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program is Cigent Technology Inc. Read More
  31. Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center design example

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

    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. Read More
  32. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Andy&#39s Mini Market

    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! Read More
  33. Completed medians along Cleveland Avenue

    Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

    Beautification of the medians and underneath the Colonial Boulevard overpass has been completed! Read More
  34. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant and Bakery

    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! Read More
  35. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Neenie&#39s House

    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! Read More
  36. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Senior Administrative Assistant Sheryl Rea

    Sheryl Rea Joins Fort Myers CRA

    The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Sheryl Rea joined the CRA in January 2019 as Sr. Administrative Assistant. Read More
  37. Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

    New Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

    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. Read More
  38. Customized Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle, also known as UTV

    CRA purchases Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle for Fort Myers River District Special Events

    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. Read More