CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Army is making plans to move into Cape Coral.
On Tuesday, the city announced the Army has chosen a 15-acre site near Corbett Road and Diplomat Parkway for a new Army Reserve Center.
"It's going to provide immediate jobs for construction people, which is a good thing right now, we need that," said city council member Bill Deile, who led the push for the new center.
A retired Army Colonel himself, Deile expects the facility will provide space for around 300 Army personnel and a handful of civilian jobs.
"It'll be a training site on weekends for the reservists that come in," Deile said. "During a week, it'll be a workplace for the civilians that man the center."
The site is an area the city has dubbed the "Veterans Investment Zone." A new VA Outpatient Clinic is already under contstruction next door. The city is also trying to line up hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the zone for the influx of people from the two new facilities.
"They're going to require other services, particularly people that come from out of town, they're going to be looking for a place to stay," Deile said.
The Army is now working on a land deal with private owners for the training center.
Deile says word of their decision is already great news for the future of the Cape.
"It keeps the momentum going up in that area," Deile said.