FORT MYERS, Fl. - In an area hard hit by job loss, one project is answering the need and putting people in Southwest Florida back to work.
A few days ago, crews started clearing land for a new assisted living facility in Fort Myers and it's expected to created hundreds of jobs, some that last past the building phase.
Michael Savich has lived in his home off Forum Blvd. for six years. He says the construction going on right across from his neighborhood is a good thing.
"It's a good mixture in this community, we have apartments, condos, single family homes and that's just another community so i think it will add to the mix," he says.
In about a year, this torn up land will be the Discovery Village at the Forum, a 30 million dollar assisted living facility that sits on several acres of land.
"We'll probably add during construction about 100 to 125 jobs. And then once the community is up and operating it will have an ongoing staff of between 90 and 105 full-time positions," says Thomas Harrison.
Harrison is CEO for the Discovery Management Group, the company behind the project. The plans include 126 units, an indoor pool and wellness center and even a movie theatre. Harrison says this facility will answer a big need for care in Lee County.
"There's a tremendous unserved market... in Fort Myers particularly.. 95 percent of the people aren't able to get the services that they need or require," he adds.
Economists say major jobs like this one are also a sign of an improving building market in Southwest Florida.
"One of the big drivers of our economy has been the population boom... that creates more demand for goods and services, homes and so forth... construction will continue to be an important part of Southwest Florida," says Gary Jackson with the Regional Economic Research Institute.
Contractors say construction will take about 12 months.