Published: Jul 17, 2014 7:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 7:08 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Along the downtown section of Fowler, a number of businesses have recently popped up.

"He, She and Me, Wisteria Tea House, Ma Peggy's Emporium," Listed Rob Johnson, owner of Shops of the Butterfly Estates. "All of these business owners are local business owners, so we rely on people to support us."

Gardner's Park is an extension of the downtown area, but isn't quite as quaint.

"It's an area that has a lot of promise but needs a lot of work," said Don Paight, Executive Director of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency.

That's exactly why the new business owners have gone to the redevelopment agency; to spruce up that area of Fowler. They've all done their part with landscaping, but the area is in need of a bigger project.

"They wanted to come up with a name and, historically, it was the Gardner's Park subdivision so they called it Gardner's Park," Paight said. "They've talked to us about what we can do to start encouraging improvements in the area."

Don Paight says improvements could include sidewalk and lighting to make it more attractive, signs letting people know that the area is Gardner Parkand more parking. 

The next step is to get the redeveloping agency to approve funding for a study into the project. The redevelopment agency wants to keep the bill less than $40,000.


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