METROPOLITAN NAPLES COMING TO BAYSHORE GATEWAY TRIANGLE
Fred Pezeshkan and Jerry Starkey’s company Metropolitan Naples LLC completed the purchase of land in the Bayshore Gateway Triangle from the Collier County Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Nov. 13. Starkey and Pezeshkan won a CRA design competition to create a community that would be transformative and stimulate redevelopment and entered into an agreement to purchase the property in 2016 contingent upon receipt of entitlements and relocation of an existing 190-foot communication tower on the site. The community will be known as Metropolitan Naples and will be comprised of three mixed-use buildings. Humphreys & Partners Architects will serve as the master architect and coordinate the overall community design and building vernacular. Each building will have ground-floor retail and restaurants that will conceal internal structured parking. On top of the retail and parking will be luxury residences, Class A office space and potentially a luxury hotel.
Deputy Chief Anthony Sizemore will temporarily lead Cape Coral Police Department. In Sizemore’s 22 years with Cape Coral Police Department, he’s seen it all, WINK News reports
. “I’ve held every rank in the police department from working the street to being a training officer,” Sizemore says. “I was a detective in our major crimes unit, was a sergeant leading a squad.” You might recognize Sizemore from his days as the public information officer. From there, he rose to deputy chief. Now, he will take on the role of interim police chief, which doesn’t necessarily mean Sizemore has the inside track on becoming the permanent chief to replace Chief Dave Newlan, who is set to retire
Friday. Cape Coral, Southwest Florida’s largest city, hopes to name a new chief by June.
LEE HEALTH IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONORS TO HELP REFILL SUPPLY
is in urgent need of convalescent plasma donations to help refill supply levels. Under an emergency use authorization (EUA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made investigational convalescent plasma available for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. That plasma is then used to treat others with advanced illness as part of the clinical trial. The blood donor must have had a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), be symptom-free for at least 14 days, and be otherwise eligible to donate blood. The procedure is the same as any routine blood donation. After donation, the blood is processed in the lab to obtain the plasma component. The patient is transfused with the donor’s convalescent plasma, which contains antibodies that may attack the virus and may help the patient recover more rapidly. To volunteer, call 239-343-2332 or email COVID.plasma@LeeHealth.org. Email is preferred. All donations collected by Lee Health stay in our community and are used exclusively for Lee Health patients.
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MARCO ISLAND FARMERS MARKET RETURNS WITH SAFETY MEASURES
Marco Island Farmers Market and its 71 booths was back in business this week, taking precautions to make shopping safer during the pandemic, WINK News reports
. The city of Marco Island estimates 2,400 people showed up for the first day of the market Wednesday. It runs weekly from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 14. “A lot of our vendors this is their main income,” says Samantha Malloy, the manager of parks, recreation and culture for the city. Malloy said safety measures, including hand sanitizer, vendor masks, to-go food and social distancing, are a priority. “We encourage people to wear masks,” she says.
7-ELEVEN COMING TO COMMONS AT ESPLANADE ON ALICO ROAD
The southeast corner of Alico Road and Esplanade Boulevard in Fort Myers will be home to a new 7-Eleven convenience store with a car wash, supplying fuel and sundries to the emerging submarket, said LandQwest Senior Associate Brett Low. Sered 64 Alico LLC’s $2 million acquisition of 2.68 acres at The Commons at Esplanade is Low’s fourth closed convenience transaction with another scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. Low represented both the buyer and seller, Alico West Fund LLC. The purchase of the two adjacent parcels leaves just three outparcels at Esplanade, where entitled uses include hospitality, medical/dental, health/fitness, restaurant and retail. Click here
for information on the remaining pad sites.
MK ARCHITECTURE AWARDED PARKER COMMONS OFFICE BUILDINGS PROJECT
has been awarded the architectural design services for the first phase of the new Parker Commons Office Buildings, located on the Daniels Road frontage at Parker Commons Office Park. The project will consist of two 7,300-square-foot, one-story office buildings and one 22,200-square-foot, two-story office building. This speculative office building development is indicative of the growing demand for office space in Lee County. The project is being developed by Parker Crossings LLC, and is expected to be complete during 2021. MK Architecture specializes in office, hospitality, commercial and multi-family architecture with offices in Fort Myers, Naples, and Lexington, Kentucky.