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Posted on: May 25, 2018

McCollum Hall Request for Proposal available through City’s purchasing website

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Fort Myers, FL (May 25, 2018) – The City of Fort Myers is seeking bids on McCollum Hall, located at 2701 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, as a part of an ongoing effort to foster community redevelopment along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor. The McCollum Hall Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available through the City of Fort Myers purchasing website. Interested parties can register with Planet Bids through the City’s purchasing website at https://www.cityftmyers.com/1114/eProcurement.

McCollum Hall is a popular local historic treasure. Built in 1938, it was the local stop on the Chitlin Circuit, the nickname given to segregated venues where famous African American artists and entertainers performed. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Count Basie, and other great talents brought world-class entertainment to Fort Myers in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Following decades of disrepair, McCollum Hall already has received an exterior renovation, and this RFP will bring about the final phase of restoration.

McCollum Hall is located on the Corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Cranford Avenue, at 2701 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33916.

For more information, please contact Paula Carter at 239-321-7232 or pcarter@cityftmyers.com.

About Community Redevelopment Agencies

Community Redevelopment Agencies have proven historically to provide blighted communities with a better economy through improved infrastructure, job opportunities, and housing. Their mission is to make housing and urban areas safer for residents, to preserve and grow business, and to provide a sense of place for all who live there. CRAs have demonstrated that the use of Tax Increment Funding (TIF) dramatically improves the economic and social outcomes within their targeted areas. These outcomes benefit both cities and counties and, more importantly, the taxpayers.

About the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163, to formulate a plan and strategy for the revitalization of the downtown River District. The Fort Myers CRA has continued to grow, and redevelopment areas have been added throughout the city. Today, the Agency oversees 14 different redevelopment areas within the Fort Myers city limits. The Fort Myers CRA, along with the City’s Community Development Division, prepares plans for the revitalization of each area and coordinates the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax Increment Funds (TIF) generated by each area, combined with other funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infrastructure and to stimulate redevelopment in the same area where it was generated. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, oversee the Agency’s divisions and their operations. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the Downtown River District.

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