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HOUSING AUTHORITY A FINALIST FOR $30 MILLION HUD GRANT
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) is proposing a transformation plan for the greater Dunbar community and has been named one of five finalists for a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Land Development’s (HUD). HACFM has partnered with community leaders, residents and local stakeholders to create The Greater Dunbar Initiative, a comprehensive transformation plan for the large-scale revitalization of the 37-acre, 199-unit Southward Village into a mixed-income community, which replaces existing affordable housing units for residents while expanding choices, creating market-rate amenities, and adding new mixed-income housing to create a resilient and healthy neighborhood moving forward. To help fund the $362 million initiative, HACFM and the City of Fort Myers are in the running to receive a $30 million grant from HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program. The Greater Dunbar Initiative was selected out of 20 project applicants to be among the top five finalists. HUD will conduct a virtual site visit with finalists in the coming weeks and the grant will be awarded soon after. To learn more about The Greater Dunbar Initiative, click here.
LEE COMMISSIONERS AWARD STATE GRANTS TO PARTNERS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Lee County commissioners awarded additional 2019-20 state housing initiatives partnership (SHIP) grant agreements totaling $294,884 to local partners for affordable housing. Grants awarded were $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Inc. for construction of two single-family houses for two very low-income households with priority for households with special needs; $94,884 to LARC Inc. for rental rehabilitation of a group home for six very low-income individuals with special needs; and $100,000 to Dunbar Improvements Association Inc. for rental rehabilitation for five very low-income households with special needs. The SHIP program is funded by revenues collected by the state from a surcharge on documentary stamps and distributed to counties and local governments as grants made on a population-based formula.
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ANOTHER PROPOSED RURAL VILLAGE NEARS FINAL APPROVAL IN COLLIER COUNTY
After a few meetings of public hearings, the Collier County Planning Commission voted 5-1 Thursday to recommend approval of another proposed rural village between Golden Gate Estates and Ave Maria. The nearly 1,000-acre community named Longwater planned in the heart of Florida Panther territory is one of three villages that Collier Enterprises is planning to develop in the Rural Lands Stewardship area, considered to be less environmentally sensitive to panthers. The Florida Wildlife Federation and Audubon feel this project will actually help panthers by saving more land. The Longwater Village plans to go before the Collier County Board of Commissioners next month, WINK News reports.
GATES CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES CYPRESS LODGE CLUBHOUSE AT BABCOCK RANCH
Gates Construction has completed construction of the new Cypress Lodge lakeside clubhouse and activities center located northeast of Founder’s Square in Babcock Ranch. A Florida Green Building Certified facility, Cypress Lodge offers an indoor lounge and a screened clubroom with a grand fireplace, seating, and a kitchenette. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, restrooms and shower facilities, cabanas with fireplaces and grills, seating areas with fire pits, and a game lawn. A 150-foot-long boardwalk with seating areas leads to a floating dock, observation deck and an iconic six-story waterfront tower. Babcock Ranch is a sustainable community that provides its residents and visitors a greener way of life. Design services were provided by Principle Design & Development Group LLC.
GRANDVIEW AT BAY BEACH ON ESTERO ISLAND STILL DEVELOPING
London Bay is continuing progress on Grandview at Bay Beach – Estero Island’s newest tower within walking distance to the beach and close proximity to boating and marinas. Located within the gated Waterside neighborhood at Bay Beach, a short distance from Naples, Grandview’s 58 residences range from 2,400 to 2,900 square feet. Grandview’s open-concept floor plans will feature nine-foot-one-inch ceilings, three or four bedrooms, a den, up to three and a half bathrooms, private elevator access and a dedicated covered space in the main garage. Six exclusive top-floor penthouses will feature 11-foot ceilings and a private two-car garage. For more information or to join the VIP interest list, click here.
LONDON BAY SELLS PORTMORE, PLANS FIVE LUXURY HOMES
London Bay announces the sale of the Portmore, its newest Park Shore estate, and plans for five additional new luxury homes in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and Old Naples. Located on Crayton Road, the 4,059 air-conditioned-square-foot Portmore blends elements of midcentury modern and contemporary coastal design enhanced with interiors by Romanza Interior Design. A full 360-degree virtual animation tour is available here. London Bay’s upcoming, nearly 8,000-square-foot home at 3220 Rum Row will be designed to enhance its homesite’s views of Hidden Bay within the Port Royal neighborhood. In Aqualane Shores neighborhood, London Bay will again leverage its partnership with John Cooney of Naples’ Stofft Cooney Architects for both 2075 and 2021 Gordon Drive East. London Bay’ Director of Design Michael Faulhaber, AIA, will design the home planned for 256 Aqua Court. Romanza Interior Design will oversee interior selections for finishes in all three Aqualane Shores homes, which will range from 5,500 to 6,000-square-feet. Another estate is being planned for a half-acre homesite at 477 Third Street N.
NORRIS FURNITURE & INTERIORS DESIGNS NEW MODEL IN QUAIL WEST
Norris Furniture & Interiors recently collaborated with Florida Lifestyle Homes on the interior design for the builder’s new St. Johns model, located in the Quail West community. The model boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living under air and is situated on a preserve homesite. It contains four bedrooms, four and one-half baths, a great room, a dining room, stunning outdoor living space, and a four-car garage. Norris designers Luanza Maitland and Sydney Warren took a modern coastal approach with the design. The color palette, inspired by the ocean and sky, consists of warm neutrals and off-whites paired with tones of blue. Norris also recently collaborated with Florida Lifestyle Homes on the interior design for the builder’s new Annette model, located in Babcock Ranch. The model features 2,000 square feet of living under air and is designed to be a net-zero energy home. It contains three bedrooms, three baths, a great room, a dining room, outdoor living space, and a three-car garage. Maitland and Warren weaved in minimalistic elements with a modern farmhouse design. The home includes rustic gray wood tones and color palette consisting of navy blue and marigold.
SEAGATE TO DESIGN, BUILD WHITE CAP CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY FACILITY
Seagate Development Group is set to break ground on a 45,000-square-foot facility for White Cap Construction Supply. The building will be located at 16542 Oriole Road in Fort Myers, adjacent to the upcoming Alico Trade Center. The national building materials supplier has signed a long-term lease with Seagate Development Group. Its 9.71-acre, one-story property will include office space, an open-area conference room and break room, and a showroom and sales center. Some of the biggest features for this facility are a 32,990-square-foot warehouse as well as an 18,000-square-foot steel fabrication building with an overhead crane and steel-bending machines. Slated to break ground in May, Seagate is expected to complete this project in the fourth quarter of 2021.
FORT MYERS OFFICE BUILDING BOUGHT FOR $6.17 MILLION
DAK Property Holdings Inc. purchased a 65,252-square-foot office building at 2675 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers, From KAS Winkler LLC for $6.17 million. Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR of LandQwest Commercial represented both parties in the transaction.
LEHIGH ACRES OFFICE ACQUIRED FOR $2.8 MILLION
Himalayas Group LLC purchased an 11,910-square-foot office building at 3227 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres, from J P & G, LLC for $2.8 million Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR of LandQwest Commercial represented both parties in the transaction.
NAPLES ACRES PURCHASED FOR $2.075 MILLION
Stor-All Immokalee Blvd LLC purchased 3.16 acres of vacant land from TBC Tree Farm 1 LLC, located at 8677 Addison Place Circle, Naples, for $2.075 million. David J. Stevens, CCIM and Rob Carroll, CCIM, MAI of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.
NAPLES COMMERCIAL SPACE SELLS FOR $1.933 MILLION
Naples Rental Group, LLC purchased 11,000 square feet of commercial space from Gilray Inc. located at 4084 Arnold Ave., Naples, for $1.933 million. William V. Gonnering, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. represented the seller and Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. represented the buyer.
PUNTA GORDA ACRES ACQUIRED FOR $1.73 MILLION
Simple Life Partners purchased 68.52-acres at 12150 Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda, from Punta Gorda Reserve LLC for $1.73 million. Michael Price, ALC of LandQwest Commercial represented the seller in the transaction. Danny Nix of NIX & Associates represented the buyer.
FORT MYERS COMMERCIAL SPACE SELLS FOR $1.672 MILLION
Custom Millcraft South LLC purchased 15,200 square feet of commercial space from ABP567 LLC, located at 8800 Business Park, Suite 601-608, Fort Myers, for $1.672 million. Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.
147.38-ACRE AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY PURCHASED IN FORT MYERS
LSI Companies Inc. brokered an approximately 147.38-acre agricultural property in North Fort Myers for $759,000. The property is located at 21071, 20191, 21057, 21051, 21011, 21001, & 20931 Granville Road, Fort Myers. The deal was brokered by William Rollins, CCIM, ALC, and Hunter Ward, CCIM of LSI Companies Inc.
CAPE CORAL RETAIL BUILDING BOUGHT FOR $480,000
Danny and Margie Mitchell purchased a 2,475-square-foot retail building at 437 Cape Coral Pkwy. E. in Cape Coral, from BKR437 for $480,000. Bruce Micciche, CCIM of LandQwest Commercial represented the seller in the transaction. Brenda Martin of Keller Wiliams Fort Myers and the Islands represented the buyer.
FORT MYERS OFFICE SPACE SELLS FOR $370,000
Smargasy RE Holdings LLC has purchased 3,246 square feet of office space located at 12545-12551 New Brittany Blvd., in Fort Myers, from Jarold A & Deborah Greenfield for $370,000. Gary Tasman and John Albion of Cushman and Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida LLC represented the seller in negotiating the transaction.
INDUSTRIAL CONDO ACQUIRED IN FORT MYERS
Denboer & Son LLC purchased a 1,536-square-foot industrial condominium in Intelliflex at 12801 Commerce Lakes Dr., Unit 17, Fort Myers, from A-Bonafide LLC for $195,000. Brock Rasmussen of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers negotiated the transaction.
TWO NEW OFFICE FACILITIES COME TO HOPE PRESERVE
LSI Companies Inc. has added two new office facilities in the Hope Preserve development in Fort Myers. Stevens Construction plans to build these facilities on an approximately 3.73-acre parcel fronting Metro Parkway. One building will consist of a 20,000-square-foot, two-story professional office which will serve as the new headquarters for Stevens Construction Inc. while the other is a planned 27,000-square-foot, two-story specialized medical office. Other projects planned for Hope Preserve include a new Hope Hospice location and a 124-key hotel with additional retail, office and commercial parcels available. Hope Preserve is located at the northeast corner of Metro Parkway and Ben C Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Parkway.
STEVENS CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FLORIDA HEART ASSOCIATES PROJECT
Stevens Construction is underway with an expansion and renovation at Florida Heart Associates. Stevens Construction is providing a complete interior renovation of the two-story, 25,374-square-foot building located at 1550 Barkley Circle in Fort Myers, which includes an upgrade of all exam rooms, nurse stations, offices, lobby and the cardiac PET equipment. Stevens Construction is also expanding the existing building with the new construction of an ambulatory surgery center. Slated for completion in summer of 2021, the multi-phased project will be licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Florida Heart Associates will remain occupied and operational during construction, requiring daily coordination between Stevens Construction, Florida Heart Associates and subcontractors. The Stevens Construction team worked in preconstruction for six months prior to construction starting. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Mike Brooks; superintendent, JJ Slaugh; project engineer, Tate Hernly; and project administrator, Sue Ziegenfus. The project was designed by PRA.
PBS CONTRACTORS STARTS RENOVATIONS FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT INSTITUTE OF NAPLES
PBS Contractors is a month into developing a final phase to the 16,660-square-foot Joint Replacement Institute facility located on Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Led by Project Manager David Minton, PBS is working with the architectural firm Studio+ to expand the practice with a complete build-out of 3,500 square feet grey shell. The Joint Replacement Institute of Naples provides orthopedic care and has been serving patients since 2008. Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs, Dr. Brian Wallace, Dr. Paul Beebe, Dr. Jaime Weaver, and Dr. Dan Harman offer noninvasive and surgical treatments, including on-site physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, and pain management procedures.
Clevertech North America Inc. leased a 29,100-square-foot industrial space in Alico Business Park at 16281 Domestic Ave., Fort Myers, from GH Domestic Ave LLC. Derek Bornhorst, SIOR, CCIM, Bob Johnston, SIOR and Jerry Messonnier, SIOR of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers represented the landlord and Tom Crea of Royal Shell Real Estate represented the tenant in the transaction.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. leased a 23,847-square-foot condominium in Interstate Court Industrial Condominiums at 7920 Interstate Court, North Fort Myers, from 7920 Interstate Court LLC. Derek Bornhorst, SIOR, CCIM, Bob Johnston, SIOR and Jerry Messonnier, SIOR of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers represented the landlord and Walt Nelson of Trinity Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.
The Coldest Water leased a 14,100-square-foot space in Alico Business Park at 16281 Domestic Ave, Fort Myers, from GH Domestic Ave LLC. Derek Bornhorst, SIOR, CCIM, Bob Johnston, SIOR, Jeff Buckler, SIOR and Jerry Messonnier, SIOR of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers negotiated the transaction.
Centerstone of Florida leased 13,851 square feet of office space in the Colonial Professional Plaza at 4350 Fowler Street in Fort Myers, From ECI Healthcare Properties LLC. Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR and Michelle Hoffmann of LandQwest Commercial represented both parties in the transaction.
American Builders & Contractors Supply Co. Inc. leased a 13,400-square-foot space in the Bonita Industrial Park at 8981 Qualtiy Road, Bonita Springs, from Jim Smith Electric Inc. Jeff Forsythe, CCIM and Jeff Buckler, SIOR of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers negotiated the transaction.
Morgan & Morgan leased 11,272 square feet of office space from Sentry Management Inc. located at 4851 Tamiami Trail N., Suite No. 400, Naples. Patrick Fraley, CCIM of Investment Properties Corp. represented the landlord and Jim Warstler of ComReal represented the tenant.
Toll Brothers leased 9,162 square feet in the Walden Center office center at 24201 Walden Center Drive, Suites 104, 204 and 206B in Bonita Springs, from The Park Apartments & Monroe Management. Michael O’Mara of LandQwest Commercial represented landlord in the transaction.
Bella Moving and Storage LLC leased a 9,060-square-foot in 18 Garage Industrial Retail Building at 12445 Collier Blvd., Naples from MM and JD Holdings LLC. Bill Young and Biagio Bernardo of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers negotiated the transaction.
St. John XXIII Thrift Store renewed 7,561 square feet in the Plymouth Plaza retail center at 15200 S Tamiami Trail, No. 109-111 in Fort Myers, from Susence FL Holdings LLC. Bruce Micciche, CCIM of LandQwest Commercial represented landlord in the transaction. Linda Haas of Commercial Property Specialist tenant.
Surgcenter Of Pine Ridge leased 7,555 square feet in the Southlinks office/industrial center at 12871 Trade Way Drive, Units 12-15, in Bonita Springs, from Southlinks Associates LLC. Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR and Mike Doyle, CCIM of LandQwest Commercial represented landlord in the transaction. Newmark Knight Frank and Ian Black Real Estate represented the tenant.
Southwest Florida Homecare Inc. leased an approximately 7,012-square-foot space located at Metro Gardens, 2830 Winkler Ave., Suite 105-108, Fort Myers, from Metro Gardens Office Partners LLC. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. represented the tenant and Matt Price of SW Management & Realty LLC represented the landlord.
Southwest Florida Marble and Granite LLC leased 5,717 square feet of commercial space from J.A. McKinney Properties, LLC located at 28731 South Cargo Court, Suite 5 & 6, Bonita Springs. William V. Gonnering, CCIM, SIOR and Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.
Alzheimer’s Support Network leased 5,472 square feet of office space at 1421 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 100 in Naples, from Magnolia Square LLP. Laura Cari and Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR of LandQwest Commercial represented both parties.
Muriel Court, LP leased an approximately 4,754-square-foot space located at Crossings Plaza, 28420 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Suite 100 & 110, Bonita Springs, to Neurologic Care Associates LLC and Pure Infusion Suites of Bonita Springs. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. represented the landlord and Don Droke of Berkshire Hathaway LLC represented the tenant.
Good Deals renewed 4,960 square feet of retail space at 1780 NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, from Coral Walk FL LLC. Jessica McEvoy and Tom Strauss of LandQwest Commercial also represented both parties.
Allstate Construction Roofing Inc. leased a 3,939-square-foot industrial space in the Southwest Florida Business Center at 7800 Drew Cir., Unit 1-2, Fort Myers, from Carroll Partnership LLC. Derek Bornhorst, SIOR, CCIM, Bob Johnston, SIOR and Jerry Messonnier, SIOR of Lee & Associates | Naples-Ft. Myers negotiated the transaction.
Millenium Physician Group extended its 3,765-square-foot Magnolia Square office lease at 2675 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers, from DKM Property Holdings LLC. Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR of LandQwest Commercial also represented both parties.
Club Champion leased 3,000 square feet in the Naples Gateway Shoppes retail center at 13555 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples, from 13555 TTN LLC. Jessica McEvoy and Tom Strauss of LandQwest Commercial represented the tenant.
Adcomm MDU Services LLC leased 2,578 square feet of commercial space from Parreco/Plover, LLC located at 3557 Plover Avenue, Suite 4, Naples. William V. Gonnering, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.
Westminster Title Agency leased 2,481 square feet in the Walden Center office center at 24201 Walden Center Drive, Suite 208 in Bonita Springs, from The Park Apartments & Monroe Management. Michael O’Mara of LandQwest Commercial represented landlord in the transaction.
The Skin Spot leased 2,287 square feet in the Coral Pointe Shopping Center at 1631 DelPrado Blvd. S. in Cape Coral, from Coral Pointe Investment LLC. Jessica McEvoy and Tom Strauss of LandQwest Commercial represented the landlord in the transaction. Michelle Forneris of Royal Shell represented the tenant.
David M Gruber, CPA leased 2,130 square feet of office space at 5052 Tamiami Trail N., Suite A in Naples, from Creena Verghese. Mike Concilla of LandQwest Commercial represented tenant in the transaction. Hamish Williams of AJS Realty Group represented the landlord.
People Ready leased 1,874 square feet of office space at 2306 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. in Fort Myers, from 2306 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. LLC. Steve Wood and Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR of LandQwest Commercial represented the landlord in the transaction. Brandon Stoneburner of Colliers International represented the tenant.
Zion Salon leased 1,480 square feet in the Chandelle Square retail center at 2801 SW 19th Ave., Unit 5 in Cape Coral, from RMADRUGA DELPRADO LLC. Bob Pekol of LandQwest Commercial represented the tenant in the transaction. Bryan Myers of SVN Lotus represented the landlord.
Uh-Maze Bowls leased 1,328 square feet of retail space at 3369 Pine Ridge Road in Naples, from Pine Ridge Livingston, LLC. Chuck Smith, CCIM of LandQwest Commercial represented the tenant in the transaction. William Young of Lee & Associates represented the landlord.
Native Sun Pools LLC leased a 1,200-square-foot space in the Taylor Business Center at 6640 Taylor Road, Suite 102, Punta Gorda, from Wiz Enterprises LLC. Brock Rasmussen of Lee & Associate | Naples-Ft. Myers represented the tenant and Beverly Back of Re/MAX Palm Realty represented the landlord in the transaction.
ON THE MOVE
Barefoot Bungalow Realty, a real estate brokerage and concierge property management company, has opened its new location at 9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 200-16, in Bonita Springs. Barefoot Bungalow Realty will host a launch party from 5-7:30 p.m. on April 15 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs. The event will include a raffle with proceeds going towards Best Buddies, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The flagship location will offer residents of Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples and Greater Southwest Florida the opportunity to buy, sell and invest in real estate. Chris McCabe and Mary Mouritsen, who have a combined 30 years of experience in business and real estate experience, started the company.
Diamond Custom Homes has added David Ariza to the team as a construction superintendent. Ariza has nearly 10 years of construction industry experience with leading custom and production home builders throughout Southwest Florida. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, he has a master’s degree in contract law from Rosario University in Bogotá, as well as a master’s degree in criminal law from Hodges University in Naples. For the last eight years, Ariza has worked with the nonprofit Southwest Florida Safety Council, teaching drivers’ education courses to help DUI perpetrators re-establish driving privileges.
The Marzucco Real Estate team has increased its 2021 first-quarter sales volume by 512% from its 2020 first-quarter sales volume, the company states. This is an increase of more than $41 million in sales volume over the first quarter of the prior year. Marzucco Real Estate team closed a sales volume of $49.156 million in the first quarter of 2021 with 185 agents. The first-quarter sales volume in 2020 was $7.7 million. Josh Marzucco established Marzucco Real Estate in 2017 in a 700-square-foot office in Naples. Marzucco Real Estate now has three offices serving Naples, Cape Coral and Plant City.
RE/MAX Realty Group congratulates the following agents for their club awards for 2020. Executive Club members include Mailyn Arlington, Trisha Arnold, Catherine Bock, Mariann Brasington, Susan Bryant, Mona Burke, Brett Crume, Jennifer Davis, Mary Dreier, Peter Ferraro, Coleen Frye, Jim Gushrowski, Cindy Maves, Debbie Novickoff, Susan Simonetti, Abby Stiller, Bernie Stiller, Vic Tabarrini, Ken Tribble, Vedran Vicevic, Bob Vreeland, Mark Wilkes, Kevin Wireman, and Karen Wojnar. The 100% Club members include Hal Arkin, Danene Bazon, Pat Davis, Scott Friedman, Rachael Guertin, Heather Hitz, Julie Hummel, Jason Lipsher, Michael McNamara, Kristine Moen, Brooke Cole Murray, Joe Ondrovic, Sheila Peterson, Anne Richards, Kelly Sanders, Lisa Shepard, Erica Stehouwer, Jeannie Steidel, Jerry Turner, and Pam Wittenauer-Bratton CCIM. Platinum Club members include Ernie Horvath and Lisa Petruska. Executive Club Team members include Marc Senecal and Amy Washburn. The 100% Club Team members include Kynse Leigh Agles, Andrew Bauman CCIM and Gidget Jackson. Titan Club Team members include Chris Horvath. Diamond Club Team members include Brenda Cole.
State Farm has gifted Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties with $5,000 as part of the Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant program. With this grant, Habitat will have the means to fund and grow its 2021 Homebuyer Education program, which empowers families with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully maintain and manage their homes post-purchase. Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is offering virtual homebuyer education classes. Local State Farm agents offer further support by donating their time as guest presenters during these virtual homeownership education classes. Participation in the Homebuyer Education program is one of the major requirements for purchasing an affordable home through Habitat.
Wright Construction Group is celebrating 75 years in the construction industry. Although it has called Southwest Florida home for 40 years, the company first opened its doors in March 1946 in Elkhart, Indiana. Wright Construction Group’s initial contracts included Jerry’s Shopping Center on Sanibel Island, the former Edison State College and projects with the Lee County School Board. Over the course of its 75-year history, Wright Construction has traveled across the country for national manufacturers NIBCO and Skyline, building their manufacturing plants in 28 states. Since moving to Florida, Wright Construction has built more than 60 big-box retail stores for Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Walmart in seven different states. In 1999, in conjunction with the expansion of the Shell Point Retirement Community, Wright Construction Group started its civil division, which complements the company’s building division. Fred Edman became president of the company in 2001 and purchased Wright Construction in 2005, renaming it Wright Construction Group. Now, he and his team will commemorate its 75th anniversary all year via anniversary events and other marketing efforts.
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