STARS Complex


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The S.T.A.R.S. Complex addition and renovation is now in the design phase! Follow the STARS Complex on Facebook to stay up to date with renderings of the design concepts and unique, community-oriented features. Every change and update has been made with parent, student, and community member input, and a portion of the building will serve as a hurricane shelter. The architecture firm has incorporated your suggestions, and our project partners are working to bring it to life. Check back often for updates as Phase 2 continues.

STARS Program

The Success Through Academic and Recreational Support (STARS) Program is the brainchild of former mayor Wilbur C. Smith III. The S.T.A.R.S. Complex located on Edison Avenue in Fort Myers was renamed the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. Complex on January 5, 2017. Dr. Knight and educator and long-serving member of the Fort Myers City Council, took on juvenile crime in the city and helped improve childhood education. A graduate of Dunbar High School who returned to the city that she loved to teach youth at Franklin Park Elementary, Edgewood Academy, and Caloosa Elementary for over 40 Years. 

The facility has been serving the Fort Myers community for over 25 years. S.T.A.R.S. an acronym for Success Through Academic and Recreational Support, has been a safe haven and recreational venue for children. The complex offers everything from academic assistance to dance and sports. 

The mayor created a partnership between the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Housing Authority, Lee County School Board, Youth Partner Organizations, and the corporate sector. All these groups have a common denominator: STARS.

Notice of Proposed Grant Application

The City of Fort Myers is requesting public comments prior to submitting a grant application for the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program (GIP) administered by the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). This Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) allocation as described in Public Law 115-123, and $150,000,000 is available during this funding cycle.  The City of Fort Myers is requesting $23,209,047 of GIP funding to complete a redevelopment of the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. Complex, located at 2980 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916.   The proposed project will include a renovation the existing facility, the construction of an addition to the facility that can serve as a Category 3 hurricane shelter, and the construction of a new athletics fieldhouse adjacent to the indoor facility.

Comments on the proposed grant application must be received by Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:00p.m. Please contact Grant Writer, Matthew Grambow at 239-321-7031 or mgrambow@cityftmyers.com for a copy of the grant application or to provide comments.