Published: Mar 01, 2011 11:47 PM EST
Updated: Mar 01, 2011 6:03 PM EST

Changing the image and appeal of a local community. 

That's the plan for north fort myers.   Lee County officials and a private planning company, are holding a public meeting Tuesday night, to share a vision for a re-vitalized community.   They foresee a Town Center for the north side.

"Abandoned buildings sometimes say:   slum and blight.  But in this case, we just need to re-vitalize the area that is not living up to its potential.   The location is great -- east of US 41 and north of the Caloosahatchee River," said planner Tony Palermo of   Lee County.   "We know there is more will than wallet right now.  But we can do some things to make the shopping plaza more attractive to developers."

Deli owner Robin Wright says:  "We have so many vacant stores now.   I say fill up those first, then build something new."

Sports shop manager Bill Barbetta told WINK:   "I like the  vision.  We need a new and vital place for people to gather.   People like new places, and this town center may just become a spot where people have to go."

Lee Co. is working with LaRue Planning and Management company to put together ideas and visions for improving the north side.