Published: Feb 06, 2014 10:22 PM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2014 6:01 AM EST

FORT MYERS, FL.--A busy part of southwest Florida is going through big changes.

It's creating hundreds of jobs and giving you more options for dining and entertainment.

We're talking about the area around US 41 and College Parkway in Fort Myers, near Edison State College.

"The whole area is getting a facelift --good for the community," said Mark Stevens with Stevens Construction.

The latest facelift is the renovation of the old Jalapenos building on College.
It's more than 16,000 square feet for three new businesses.

"Blue Moon Pizza is going to be here and they got about 3,000 sq. feet with a little over 1,000 sq. ft of outdoor dining," said Stevens.

The old Clarion Hotel on 41 was recently demolished. It's making way for brand new restaurants and stores and expected to create 400 new jobs.

"Those chains will be Pollo Tropical, Clovers, Sleep Number and Wa-Wa," said Stan Stouder with CRE Consultants.

Stouder says just the location alone makes the area extremely desirable.

"We have 60,000 cars a day, you have good access points from the east and west side," said Stouder.

Stevens Construction is renovating the old Jalapenos building and Stevens says there's a new trend emerging in this area.
"Now we are seeing a lot more medical. I think because its positioning of the hospitals in the nearby area," said Stevens.

Even existing businesses near College and 41, like Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, are thrilled for all the new growth.

"Hopefully generates more revenue, that is always the goal. People see you, get your name out there," said Andrew Kohne with Mona Lisa.