LEHIGH ACRES, Fl. - People in Lehigh Acres will soon see some major development starting on Homestead Road. County leaders are moving forward with funding a 'complete street' project to create a more downtown feel.
"It's the beginning of what that new downtown is going to look like," says Edd Weiner with the Economic Development Authority.
He says this main drag will soon look very different, include dedicated turn lanes, brick sidewalks, a new drainage system and landscaping.
"I think it will be more inviting for developers to come in... the new downtown will a place where you can park your car along the street, walk to a street side shop, walk to a residence a mixed used center," he adds.
The engineering study for the Homestead Road "complete street project" will cost about 2 and a half million dollars. County leaders say, they hope to give about 4 and a half million dollars towards the plan.
"Compared to recent years and considering we're doing this in the middle of a recession, that's pretty significant," says county commissioner, Frank Mann.
And it's a project many Lehigh residents are happy to pay into.
"I wouldn't mind paying to see some more trees or flowers ... every body seems to take pride in the place and their community and their jobs and they really want to keep their doors open for business," says Andrea Herrera.
The engineering study will take about 18 months. Leaders hope to start construction in about two years.