Posted by Mark Washburn on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 9:31:24 PM By Mark Washburn / January 20, 2016 Comment
A proposed mixed-use development in downtown Bonita Springs has been given a green light by the zoning board in its bid to jump start redevelopment of the city’s downtown. The downtown development, The Preserve at Oak Creek, will feature 273 housing units, and retail and commercial space on the ground floors. Located at U.S. 41 and Dean Street in Bonita Springs, this will be the first big project approved for the city’s old downtown in quite a while. The mixed-use development is a combination of two projects, an apartment house and a mixed-use with residential and commercial space. Many business owners and people involved in efforts to revitalize downtown Bonita Springs are backing the plan, and hope this serves as a catalyst for more major urban downtown projects here. The plan also has backing by local residents who see the project as an anchor for the community and the end of Old 41 corridor. City planners estimate 313 parking spaces are needed for new apartment residents but developers are putting in 432 spots. The parking surplus will serve small retail stores that city leaders plan to lure to downtown. A roundabout will be built at Dean Street and Old 41, as part of the new project, to solve traffic flow problems and avoid new traffic messes. To give a brand new look to the city’s revitalized downtown; the city will honor the historic Dixie Moon building by making it a Welcome Center with bathrooms. The historic structure, built in the 1920s, had previously been used as a café. It captures the Mission-style of architecture, and will relocate the front portion of the building to the new downtown Bonita Springs on Reynolds Street and Old 41 Road. The building will be home to six-second floor apartments and retail space on the ground floor. Last year, it was announced that another mixed-use development will be coming, the Longitude, an upscale development with 48 condos and retail space along Old 41 Road and Hampton Street in Bonita Springs. This development adds to the promise of revitalization along Bonita’s downtown redevelopment corridor; The Longitude will offer amenities to residents, including a pool, fitness center, spa, and outdoor lounging area. Explore Downtown Bonita Springs real estate.
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