This Week in Real Estate: Sept. 3-9

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Gateway High School
Gateway High School is currently under construction in south Fort Myers at the corner of Griffin Drive and State Road 82. Photo courtesy of Suffolk. Details below.




Video courtesy of WINK News


Community members can help decide how hundreds of thousands of dollars are used to help neighbors make ends meet. The city of Fort Myers sent out a survey asking how it should allocate $600,000 for low-income families. The city says it wants to prioritize efforts such as assisting the homeless, retaining housing stock, and increasing the availability of affordable housing, WINK News reports. 



D.R. Horton Southwest Florida is now selling in Meadowood, a new Express Homes community of townhomes. Located in North Naples on Collier Boulevard, this 228-townhome, 38-building neighborhood is approximately one mile south of Immokalee Road. Two open-concept floor plans start in the high $200,000s, ranging in size from 1,582 to 1,680 square feet. Each two-story residence offers three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a one-car garage. The larger Surfside model also features a multi-purpose loft area that can transition into a study, den, or flex space. All Meadowood townhomes are adorned with a paver driveway and front walkway that lead to a raised-panel front door. Beyond that door, potential homeowners will discover an island kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and picture-frame cabinetry—all connected to the great room and covered, screened lanai. The D.R. Horton Home is Connected smart home package is also offered. Two professionally decorated model homes are slated for completion this fall.





116797 Canada Inc. sold 1.7 acres, located at 4040 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, to US Global Real Estate, LLC for $1.5 million. Andrew DeSalvo, MBA, ALC and Matt Stepan, CCIM of Premier Commercial Inc., represented the seller.



ALDI continues to expand its Florida footprint by securing properties for three planned locations, including a 25,307-square-foot space in Springs Plaza at 8951 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. ALDI will replace a former Bealls Outlet store on that southeastern corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road. Other Florida locations for the grocer are coming to Orlando’s affluent Windermere Village and Tampa’s booming Riverview corridor.  LandQwest Commercial represents ALDI in all three markets.



Wawa Inc. opened its new store, located at 4939 Tamiami Trail E., East Naples, at 8 a.m. on Sept. 3. Wawa’s newest store, third in Collier County, will provide customers with access to necessary supplies, fuel and support during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The store employs approximately 30 associates and provides competitive pay, benefits and an opportunity to stock through the company’s ESOP (Employee-Stock-Ownership-Plan) after completing one year of service, according to a news release. The team is led by Wawa General Manager Carla Aparicio and Area Manager Kevin Sekula. Wawa held a virtual grand opening for the store with a slideshow available here



Seagate Development Group has completed EmCyte Corp.’s 30,000-square-foot headquarters, located at 4331 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. in Fort Myers. Seagate started by remodeling 11,314 square feet of EmCyte-purchased space at this location. Then, EmCyte gradually took over additional space once occupied by an indoor playground as well as a commercial transportation dealership. The result is Seagate’s reconfiguration of the entire site for storage as well as reception and start-of-the-art training areas, bathrooms, offices, a conference room and laboratory, an X-ray room and examination rooms, clinic treatment and manufacturing facilities, and an AV-equipped auditorium. Many of the amenities are accompanied by stain-resistant carpeting and modern lighting and fixtures. This complements a multitude of purposes and the evident technologically advanced space and that occupies it. For more information, visit



WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples is ending the 2020 fourth quarter with four commercial projects under construction that are scheduled to be completed.  Among these is the new Bonita Springs Card Room at the greyhound racetrack site, which contains a restaurant/bar, state-of-the-art poker room, and large off-track simulcasting room. Other projects include the Vanderbilt Towers condominium common areas modernization; Humane Society Naples rescue intake and public boarding kennel facility; and the Watermark Lake Norman luxury mid-rise condo tower community in North Carolina. WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base. 



Matt’s Custom Golf Carts Inc. leased 6,000 square feet of retail space from Garage Doors of Naples Inc., located at 3891 Davis Blvd. Rob Carroll, CCIM, MAI of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.

Firmaskin Medical Aesthetics leased 3,134 square feet of office space for a lease term of 37 months at 5260 Summerlin Commons Way, Suite 304, Fort Myers, from Gulf Stream East LLC. Gary Tasman and Gretchen Smith of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida represented the tenant and landlord in negotiating the transaction.

North American Properties – Southeast Inc. leased 3,096 square feet of office space for a lease term of five years at 1412 Jackson St., Suite 1, Fort Myers, from Bradford Arcade Properties LLC. Gary Tasman and Gretchen Smith of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida represented the tenant and landlord in negotiating the transaction.

Closets Plus LLC leased 3,000 square feet of commercial space from J.A. McKinney Properties LLC, located at 28731 South Cargo Court, Suite 1 and 2, Bonita Springs. Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. represented the landlord and Haley Blorstad of LandQwest Commercial represented the tenant.

JM Arturo Arguelles Ortiz DBA Quality Kitchen and Bath Concepts LLC leased 2,142 square feet of commercial space from J.A. McKinney Properties LLC, located at 28731 South Cargo Court, Suite 7, Bonita Springs. Christine McManus, CCIM, SIOR of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.

Frank Forr LLC leased an approximately 1,504-square-foot space, located at 5262 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 1, Naples, to Movement Mortgage LLC. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. negotiated the transaction.

Pros and Cons Tattoo LLC leased 1,500 square feet of retail space for a lease term of three years and four months at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, from Pinebrook Pine LLC. Gary Tasman and Gretchen Smith of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida represented the tenant and landlord in negotiating the transaction.

Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC leased 1,440 square feet of office space for a lease term of three years at 350 Fifth Ave S., Naples, from Reinco Inc. Gary Tasman and Shawn Stoneburner of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida represented the tenant and landlord in negotiating the transaction.





Natalie Parker

Collins DuPont Design Group has added four new staff members: Jenny Ellis, Natalie Parker, Julia Rose, and Sophia Yost. Ellis has joined the company as design assistant. Ellis is a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design. Prior to joining Collins DuPont, she served as a project manager for Naples-based Republic of Décor. Parker has been named construction administrative assistant. Prior to joining Collins DuPont, she served as an executive assistant with London Bay Homes. She has more than 20 years of experience in purchasing, payroll and senior administrative assistant positions with Minto Communities, Arlington of Naples, Health Management Associates, and Arthrex Inc. Rose has joined the company as a design coordinator. She previously served as a design consultant with Fort Myers-based Three-Day Blinds, and also worked as an assistant junior designer and showroom receptionist for Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. Yost has joined the company as design assistant. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, she previously served as a self-employed ceramic artist and as an assistant designer for Bonita Springs-based Michelangelo Homes.


Robb & Stucky’s interior design team of Christine Neal and Leslie Gentry have collaborated with PGI Homes on the design and installation of the interiors for 677 Fountainhead Lane in the Naples residential development of Park Shore. Priced at $2.65 million, this furnished home is the most recent build by PGI Homes. This design team came together with PGI Homes to provide a total interior design for this 3,928 square-foot home, including three bedrooms, three baths, a great room, and study. The home also consists of an island kitchen, dining room, and living area that opens up to feature an outdoor living space with a sun deck, pool, and spa.




Suffolk recently donated Building Information Models (BIMs) for the new Gateway High School contracted by the Lee County School District to Florida Gulf Coast University’s construction management program in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. BIM is a collaborative 3D modeling process that allows Suffolk to solve constructability and coordination issues before work commences in the field, ultimately saving clients time and money. Suffolk pairs the model with cost and schedule data, and utilizes the 3D visualization tools to develop more accurate logistics and safety plans, according to a news release. The models will be featured in the course titled “Building Information Modeling,” in which students learn the basics of 3D modeling and go through the full process of building a 3D model of a residential unit. Gateway High is scheduled to open in 2021.


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