FORT MYERS, Fla.- Some people who live in the Dean Park historic district in Ft. Myers are fighting back against possible plans for commercial development on the edge of their neighborhood. Officials in Ft. Myers are recommending approval for the possible changes for the uses of two warehouses.
"I am upset they would even consider doing something that puts more traffic through this peaceful neighborhood," said George Mitchell, a homeowner in Dean Park. "I know if they have trucks, those trucks with roar through the area. It will not be good for my enjoyment of this quiet community. I might even consider moving if it gets too bad."
The company of Charles Wolfe and Sons owns the two warehouses, now vacant. The company wants the okay from the city planning board to expand possible uses of the buildings, to range from retail to wholesale outlets. The warehouses could become a plumbing supply outlet, or a restaurant supply wholesaler. Either option could put more trucks and traffic through Dean Park.
"The trend is to try to mix the residential with light commercial uses that are not too intrusive," said Lynee' Rodriguez of the planning division. "We think it can be compatible because they have limited parking spots at the warehouses and limited truck loading spots."
The Ft. Myers planning board is supposed to take up the issue on Wednesday. The city council would have final approval. WINK News left messages with Ken Wolfe, president of Wolfe and Sons, asking for a comment, but got no response.