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Co-hosts Bill Johnson Jr. and Gloria Tate told a crowd of about 600 real estate aficionados Monday the scope of planned-construction products in Cape Coral is grand, and the locations are widespread.  

Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter introduced the hour-long presentation at the 12th annual Catch the Vision real estate symposium at Cape Christian Fellowship church.  

“It knocked us down, but it certainly didn’t knock us out,” Gunter said of Hurricane Ian, the Sept. 28 storm that delayed the beginning of many construction projects for a few months. Now, most of them are resuming. “What you’re going to see is Cape Coral is open for business. They put their heart and soul into this.”  

Projects with names like Victory Park, The Cove at 47th, Coral Lakes, The Club, Coral Grove town center, Pine Island Road West, Redfish Pointe, Bimini Square, a new police training center and a new Mellow Mushroom all generated some buzz at the event.  

Victory Park is a 140-acre site near Corbett Road and Diplomat Parkway slated to become a massive development. There are 308 apartment units, 112 townhomes and a 126,000-square-foot medical office campus in the works.  

There are 300 units of varying sizes being planned as luxury apartments for ages 55 and over at the Sage Communities-branded Coral Lakes, off Del Prado Boulevard.  

Cape Coral Police Department Chief Anthony Sizemore noted the growth of the department over the past 25 years, in which personnel has risen from 125 to 300 officers. “And we’re still growing,” he said. That growth has prompted the planning of a new, tactical intelligence center off Cultural Park Boulevard. “It’s a better, smarter way to solve crimes,” he said. “It’s developing in real time, a way to find suspects, finding witnesses, finding surveillance and pouring over that data.”  

A new Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant is planned next door to Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park off Pine Island Road. Landowner Chris Scuderi said December is targeted as an opening date.  

The Club is a 200-unit apartment complex under construction, next to Sam’s Club off Pine Island Road, expected to be completed in early 2024. The complex, which will have a courtyard and pool, is being designed for people who work retail jobs in that area.Newmark is developing Coral Grove town center off Pine Island Road that will have a live, work and play theme, with 350,000 square feet of retail, 150,000 square feet of office space, 130 hotel rooms and 350 apartment units planned. Newmark is courting 30 to 35 retailers and looking to mix national tenants with local brands.Catch the Vision in Cape CoralThe Pine Island Road West project will cover 35 acres near Pine Island Road and Burnt Store Road. It will have 35,000 square feet of commercial and a 316-unit apartment complex planned for completion in early 2025.  

The Gallery at Cape Coral, a 148-room senior living community, is under construction at the corner of Veterans Parkway and Chiquita Boulevard. It is targeted for completion within about a year with units ranging from 350 to 1,450 square feet, and monthly rents ranging from $2,350 to $4,500.  

Redfish Pointe, a 350-acre parcel with 54 acres slated to be preserved, is planned for 800 living units along the south Cape waterfront.  

Bimini Square will overlook Bimini Basin near Cape Coral Parkway. A 220-unit apartment complex will anchor the development, which will include dining options and a 512-space parking garage. Lee Health is planning a clinic for the development that is in the permitting phase.  

On the north side of Cape Coral Parkway and framed south of 47th Terrace, the Cove at 47th has broken ground. Brian Prince, in a video message, told the audience his development group closed on financing on Sept. 28, the same day Hurricane Ian struck the area. Now, things are getting back on track in building the 327-unit apartment complex with a 600-space parking garage and a completion date of late 2024. “I think it’s going to be a game changer for Cape Coral,” Prince said. “It’s going to be resort style.”  

After the presentation, Tate and Johnson each gushed over how their city has been transforming.  

“While we love crossing over the bridge to Fort Myers, I want that to be an option, not a necessity,” Johnson said of finding particular stores and restaurants. “You look at how we now have Mission BBQ and First Watch. We all need to work together to bring more synergy.  

“It’s amazing to see just the level of growth over the last five years. Projects like The Cove are going to be great for the younger generations. It’s that Coconut Point feel. A place to work, eat, sleep and play. You see the redevelopment and the revitalization. You’re seeing a lot of mixed-use projects now. It’s a cool thing.”  

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