Bonita Springs begins talks for development in city’s downtown area

Published: July 21, 2021 10:13 PM EDT
Updated: July 21, 2021 10:30 PM EDT

A property owned by a city in Southwest Florida for years is closer to being developed.

Bonita Springs City Council voted Wednesday on a rank of companies council members will consider negotiations with to develop land in the downtown area.

Council is starting with a Barron Collier Companies.

The proposal is a waterfront area, a market area and a park, as well as commercial and residential space.

A proposed elevation rendering for the commercial and residential additions to the Bonita Springs downtown area. Credit: City of Bonita Springs via WINK News.

Some people we spoke with don’t think that’s a good idea.

“I don’t think we need commercial and residential,” Shelley Anderson said. “I think it should be public land for people to use and visit and draw people to Bonita.”

If negotiations don’t work with Barron Collier, city council will move to begin talks with companies next in line in the city’s ranking.