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Apartment boom at Colonial-Winkler intersection continues

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The intersection at Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers continues to surge with apartment development. As soon as one project finishes, others get planned or permitted.  

Cypress Village, a five-story, 95-unit apartment complex, is nearing completion off Winkler. It’s the smallest of the new projects in this area.  

Just across the street off Winkler and north of Colonial will be the V-2 apartment complex. It will have 308 units in seven buildings with a pool and a dog park. That project broke ground over the summer.  

West of there and on the north side of Winkler, in what’s now wilderness—Montego Square is in the permitting phase. That apartment complex will have 280 units in four buildings with a pool.  

Just to the east of the Winkler-Colonial intersection, the biggest project of them all is in the planning stages.  

Called Colonial Gardens, it will have 420 units spread over seven, five-story buildings with a clubhouse, pool and other amenities. That will be between a new Aldi grocery store and the old WalMart, just west of I-75.  

Combined, that’s 1,103 new apartment units that are on the way for that corridor, which is already clogged with traffic.  

The portion of Colonial Boulevard heading toward I-75 is part of a $52 million traffic flow improvement project that should alleviate some of the jams. That project is scheduled to be finished in mid-2024—likely just as this next wave of apartments get filled.  

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