The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) Redevelopment District, which consists of 4 subareas, was established in 2000 for the purpose of stimulating commercial development along the corridor. At that time, the MLK Redevelopment Area included the commercial corridor bordering both sides of the MLK corridor roadway. On November 20, 2006, the City, working together with the community and its consultants Dover, Kohl & partners, adopted the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevards Revitalization Plan ("the Plan"). On January 20, 2015, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3727 Overlay District; rezoning 255 properties located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. A zoning overlay district is placed over the existing base zoning and is a planning tool that provides flexibility to promote economic development and redevelopment. It creates direction and design standards to protect the community character while establishing zoning and development controls for future development. As an example, the new regulations remove many barriers to the development of shallow commercial lots that were created during the State’s widening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
On September 4, 2018, the Fort Myers City Council approved updating the existing MLK plan to include an expanded area encompassing the former Dunbar/Michigan Redevelopment Area, as well as the sunsetted Velasco Village Redevelopment Area and a portion of the Eastwood Village Redevelopment Area. The expanded area will allow the Fort Myers CRA a stronger position in which to work on projects for the entire redevelopment area.
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