Thursday, October 21, 2021

951/41 Draws New Business

East Naples residents will be happy to know the old Kmart location at 951/41 will finally have some big names joining its ranks. Burlington Coat Factory, Home Goods and Planet Fitness are planning to move inMost recently, a pop-up type auction house had occupied the location 

Nearby, heading east on Tamiami Trail, a new Publix store will be built next to the entrance of Fiddler’s Creek on 41. All of this is according to Mark Strain, Chief Hearing Examiner for Collier County and Chairman of the Collier County Planning Commission (CCPC).  

On Friday, January 31st, Mark officially resigns from his Hearing Examiner role, but will still volunteer for the CCPC.  In his presentation, “Looking Ahead: Numbers, Updates and Trends 2020,” Mark shared the comprehensive overview with what was formerly known as the East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) members, now  Mark stated,  In the 42 years I have been here I’ve never seen growth like this.”    

Mark went on to say, “East Naples has the highest number of projects than any other district.”  

One new development is a Keiser University location on 41 near Fuller Funeral Home. Interestingly, the school was planned for a total student population of 275. Based on growth projections and early signs of interest, enrollment is estimated to reach 400-600 students upon opening.    

What is happening with the skeleton building at Davis and 951? Well, plans are on making that a warehouse/delivery station with 111,350 square feet with eight delivery dock doors and 80 van parking spaces, with an additional 127 van spaces available.   

In other big development news, Bayshore Drive will be extended into Minto’s Isles of Collier Preserve. The community is asking for an additional 230 residential units to go up in front of the Isles at Collier Preserve property on Tamiami Trail across from the Suncoast Credit Union in the St. Andrew’s Square.   

The residential growth in the area will fuel retailers and local apartment dwellers will find plenty of choices with 4,331 new units planned presently. That is a whopping 35% increase over the present apartment inventory. (Affordability was not covered in the presentation). Present population estimates of 382,000 countywide, will blossom. It is estimated Collier County will receive 7,027 new residents per year by 2040; that equals over 535,426 residents. By 2040, estimated residential housing units will be 291,716. Lending Tree analyzes migration patterns and found Florida to be the number one state for new destinations for 15 of the 50 other states.    

Proposed roadway plans are included in the presentation. New overpasses and directional changes are good indicators of the massive undertakings about to take place over the next few years in Collier County. A new interchange at 175 and 951 is estimated to cost $74 million.    

As for accommodating things like schools for all of the new residents moving in,  Mark quelled concerns, “The school board has plenty of land to accommodate new school buildings and does well with impact fees. They are well above the curve.”   

For a complete look at the 2019 report click here. As with all developments, plans are subject to change.    

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