CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- There's a plan to make a section of Cape Coral more attractive. Right now, city leaders are talking about the effort to clean things up in the Mid-Cape Industrial area near Viscaya and Country Club Boulevard.
A new Community Redevelopment Agency district in this area has been talked about for about a decade. Because the economy is turning around, it's being talked about again.
But one business owner is skeptical. John Ottervanger is one of the owners of Pirate Coast Cycles. When WINK News told him his business could be located in a new CRA district, he said "It's kind of scary actually. When the city gets involved in certain projects they don't take into affect businesses that are here, and future businesses."
The city already has a CRA in the south Cape. This would become a brand new district in the Mid-Cape Industrial area.
City leaders say it would not increase taxes, but rather start funneling already-paid taxes from businesses in that area into a special fund that could be used to improve that area.
Money could go to fix parking issues and the clean up of hazardous waste.
Economic Development Dir. Dana Brunett sees a new district as potential for job growth. "It's an area that really has not had a lot of love over the past few years. It's an opportunity for people to perhaps invest in properties," Brunett said.
"It could be a good thing for the city, but I'd actually have to see the budget. Make sure that there's no new taxes," said Ottervanger.
Before an official CRA district is approved, the city first has to hire an outside company to conduct a study and detemine if a new district is even necessary. That study could cost around 30-thousand, although an official amount has yet it be determined.
The study would be done in the next couple of months.