Downtown Fort Myers to expand with new townhomes and office space

Published: April 20, 2022 4:06 PM EDT
Updated: April 21, 2022 5:16 AM EDT

Downtown Fort Myers could be getting some new additions in the form of townhomes and office space. These new projects are focused around The City Walk in downtown Fort Myers.

That is along McGregor Boulevard. There’s an empty space in the future home for some of that housing and office space. There will be about five luxury townhomes that will go near the corner of McGregor and Virginia Avenue.

And the entire project is expected to be completed in 2024. This will be a lifestyle in Fort Myers where people can live, work and play without needing a car.

How much has Fort Myers changed over the years? Greg Waters lives in Fort Myers. “The story is just what’s happening with it. Ten years ago, it was a little bit of a desolate ghost town down here, and now it’s just a thriving metropolis,” said Waters.

That is what convinced Waters to move to the Point Royal Tower two years ago. And he really likes what he sees. “We’ve seen all of these apartment complexes go up, and when we came here two years ago, it was just grass fields,” Waters said.

He also likes seeing new faces. “The people coming down are just from all over the place and everybody seems to be happy,” said Waters

The next phase of the story is City Walk coming to life. On Virginia and McGregor, a developer plans to construct five high-end townhomes. Then, on Altamont Avenue and McGregor, construction will begin son on 60 more apartments that include 16,000 square feet of retail on the first floor.

Joe Bonora is the developer for this project. “You know I’m a big fan, a believer of the downtown, the revitalization of downtown and urban core markets, and I think downtown Fort Myers has a ton of potential,” said Bonora.

He has big plans and hopes that work-life is just a hop, skip and jump away from play. “And the result is going to be a city that people love,” Bonora said.

Bonora believes with everyone in one place, they’ll say goodbye to their four wheels. “We’re going to have a car-sharing service. So we’ll have three Teslas where if you don’t wanna have a car, you can just use one of the cars when you need a car,” said Bonora.

These plans might mean more cars and more traffic. But, there’s also a new floating business that could help. Brian Corrion owns Fort Myers Water Taxi. “Somebody challenged me and said ‘oh there’s no place to do a water taxi here in Fort Myers, I said I think there is. And it’s working out great,'” Corrion said.

He started this company in February of 2022. Corrion has stops that go to the Marina at Edison Ford, The Seas Craft at Marina Town, and the Best Western. “This is my part of taking away the traffic so you don’t have to worry about finding parking and still enjoy the water,” said Corrion.