FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Big plans to bring in new businesses and clean up some neighborhoods in Fort Myers.
City leaders are talking about two projects. One is called Midtown, and it would be south of Martin Luther King Boulevard, in a underdeveloped area, just outside of downtown. The other is Gardner's Park.
As for-sale signs sit baking in the sun, there's a buzz about new development in Fort Myers.
"I am overjoyed that they are bringing the thoughts of redevelopment to this neighborhood," said Alan Foskitt. He owns Hair Factor, a business located by the section surrounding the City of Palms Park, known as central Fort Myers.
City leaders want to re-name that area Midtown.
With a new name, comes a new vision of businesses, office buildings, and high-rise condos.
"To have the neighborhood surrounding downtown, which we've made good progress on the past few years, makes it a more attractive place for people to come to, and investors to invest," said Don Paight, with the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency.
Realtor Marc Joseph says, while new condos could increase home values in the area, he says caution is key. He worries too many buildings will be built with not enough people to fill them.
"I'm not sure that we're ready to jump into new condos and a whole lot of new growth, because we are just now filling what's behind me," said Joseph, pointing to condos by the Caloosahatchee River in the distance.
Along with Midtown, the city also wants to come up with a plan to spruce up Gardner's Park, located by Thompson St. and Hough St in Fort Myers.
Terri Skinner works at the Potomac Bead Company in downtown Fort Myers, and supports both projects.
"I think that any development that they do would be better, there would be more people down here every day. I think it's a great idea," said Skinner.
It will cost an estimated $140,000 to get plans on paper for both projects. Before anything is set in stone, there will be lots of public hearings and meetings.