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Posted on: September 29, 2020

AC by Marriott Hotel to add 132 hotel rooms to Downtown redevelopment area, Approved for Rebate

AC Hotel Rendering in daylight

The Downtown hotel will be located at 2300 First Street on the southeast corner of First and Jackson streets, across from the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

This eight-story, 77,000 sq. ft. hotel will add 132 rooms to the Downtown core area, thereby strengthening the area's convention capabilities by acting as overflow lodging complimenting the Luminary Hotel and adjacent Caloosa Sound Convention Center. Developer First Street Place LLC has entered into an agreement with Mainsail Lodging (Luminary Hotel & Co.) to manage the AC by Marriott Hotel and to be a equity investor. 

The AC by Marriott Hotel project was approved for a $5.57 million tax increment rebate, which will be paid back to the developers over the course of 10 years after the project is completed and is generating additional tax from its projected increase in tax value on the property. CRA Commissioners approved a 95% rebate based on the developer's commitment to benefit the community in the following ways:

  • 15% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Commitment The developer will commit $1,000,000 during the design and construction phase of the project to MBEs (15% of total construction would be $4,323,000).
  • Non-for-Profit Community Organization Contribution of 5% of the annual TIF Award First Street Place LLC plans a 5% yearly contribution to United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to specifically fund a new social justice program being formed between the Nations Association and Fort Myers Police Department.
  • Out of the Box Developer First Street Place LLC proposes a 132-room hotel located within one pedestrian shed of the Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The additional rooms are needed to support Fort Myers ability to draw world class conventions to the new Caloosa Sound Convention Center.

A report by Gerald Hendry of Maxwell, Hendry, Simmons Real Estate Appraisers indicates that during the construction phase, this project will have an economic impact of $42.7 million and support or create 396 jobs. Additionally, it will ad an economic impact of $44.3 million and support or create 350 jobs during its initial five years of operations. 

The proposed completion is Fall 2022.

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