Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency
Since 1984 the CRA has been at the forefront of local redevelopment efforts occurring in the most blighted areas and spaces in the City of Palms. 
We have prepared this monthly project update newsletter to keep you better informed and engaged about the work of your Fort Myers CRA.
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CRA Supported Projects
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Hampton Inn
Far Above: Rendering of the completed Hampton Inn. Above: CRA Commissioners Randall P. Henderson Jr. (Second from Right) and Teresa Watkins Brown (Right) participate in the Hampton Inn Groundbreaking Ceremony with the Firmco Construction team, developer of the Hampton Inn.
Hampton Inn Groundbreaking Ceremony Held October 15

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hampton Inn by Hilton was held on October 15, 2020. Located in the Downtown redevelopment area, the future four-story Hampton Inn will be situated on downtown Fort Myers' traffic artery, Cleveland Avenue, and will feature 118 rooms, an outdoor pool and patio area, a flexible boardroom for use, and a fitness center available for guests. Situated on a two-acre lot, the 65,000 square foot building will be an infill lot development that will take about one year to complete before it opens to guests.
Luminary Hotel & Co.
Top Left: The Beacon Social Drinkery. Top Right: Silver King Ocean Brasserie. (Photo Courtesy of The Luminary Hotel & Co.) Bottom Left: Luminary Hotel parking garage. Bottom Right: Denison Parking staff celebrating Luminary Parking Garage management contract (Photo Courtesy of Denison Parking).
Luminary Hotel: Beacon Social Drinkery Open, Silver King Ocean Brasserie to Open November 12, Denison Parking to Manage Parking Garage

The Beacon Social Drinkery, Luminary Hotel's sophisticated rooftop bar and gathering spot, opened on October 15. Placed atop the hotel on the twelfth floor, it offers a wide variety of wines, craft cocktails and beers complemented by a tapas-style menu and nearly-360 degree views of the Caloosahatchee River and Fort Myers.

Next to open will be Silver King Ocean Brasserie on November 12. Named for the elusive Silver King Tarpon that lured people from around the world to Fort Myers when the city was first established, it will be the hotel's signature restaurant and will showcase fresh seafood.

Congratulations to Fort Myers' Denison Parking team on winning the contract to manage the parking garage for the brand new Luminary Hotel. Denison Parking, which also manages parking operations in the Downtown River District for the City of Fort Myers, is known for courtesy and stellar customer service. The Denison team views their mission to ensure that as a part of their service, customers will choose to return to the hotel and to Fort Myers.
Silver Hills at Fort Myers
Construction photos and rendering (Lower Right) of Silver Hills at Fort Myers project. (Photos courtesy of Michele Hylton-Terry)
Two Stories of Structural Concrete is Up!

Phase I of Silver Hills at Fort Myers is making noticeable progress! Construction work around the perimeter continues, as the northern half bordering the river now has one story of structural concrete, and the southern portion bordering First Street now has two stories of structural concrete in place. Watch the video below for the most up-to-date views!

Silver Hills at Fort Myers, a two-building, four-to-five-story luxury apartment community to be built at 2220 West First Street, is being built West First Street along the Caloosahatchee River, the development will feature two buildings containing a total of 327 apartments. The façade of Silver Hills at Fort Myers will pay homage to the historic buildings of Fort Myers’ walkable River District core. Silver Hills will appear to be several smaller mid-rise residences rising above the riverfront with the parking structure cleverly concealed by the living spaces.
October 15, 2020, Construction Video of Silver Hills at Fort Myers Phase I (Courtesy of DeAngelis Diamond/Eagle Eyes UAS Drone Service)
West End at City Walk
Top Left: Rendering of the completed West End at City Walk Amenity Building. Top Right: October 13, 2020 Construction aerial view from the northeast. Bottom Left: October 13, 2020 Construction aerial view from the southwest. Bottom Right: October 13, 2020 Construction aerial view from the southeast. (Construction aerial images courtesy of
Basic Structural Concrete is Nearly Complete!

West End at City Walk is really taking shape! The basic structural concrete work is nearly complete, including the concrete for the parking structure which is enclosed by the apartments, amenity building, and office space. The still images above are a week newer than the video; in the photographs, the roof of the amenity building is being placed into position. The video below, however, still gives a very good sense of how the project fits within the West First Street setting.

West End at City Walk is a 318-unit residential apartment community that will include 22,500 square feet of amenity and co-work office space. It broke ground in 2019 and is planned for completion in April 2021. Leasing for the first building will begin in early December 2020.
October 6, 2020 Construction Video (Courtesy of Nick Stewart/NPS Engineering & Consulting).
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