The condominium developer hopes to rezone the combined 31.5 acres on the southeast corner of Winkler Road and Gladiolus Drive in south Fort Myers for commercial use before purchasing.
Arlington Properties, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is building a 319-unit multifamily home with a 4.68-acre lake fronting Summerlin Road and commercial/retail building on the southeast corner of Winkler and Gladiolus. did not return calls for comment.
Lee County hearing examiners recommended July 14 to approve the project. Lee County’s county commissioners have yet to vote on rezoning, and no election date has yet been set.
The land has been used for agriculture for decades, both in nurseries and U-Pick production operations, but for some time there has been work being done to make it something other than a farm.
In 1993, Lee County Commissioners approved a land zoning from farmland to a commercial complex, and the proposed shopping center “Summerlin Town Center” never materialized.
If you have two parcels with two owners and Arlington Properties decide to purchase the land and proceed with the multifamily, they will be combined into one.
The western part of 8691 Gladiolus is 13 acres and is owned by R&K Farms LLC. The eastern part of 8591 Gladiolus is approximately 18.55 acres and is owned by Margie Geddes, who purchased it for $1.5 million in March 1994, property records show.
An 11.6-acre parcel immediately east was purchased by Florida Storage Gladiolus LLC for $4 million. The land has been cleared to build a new self-storage facility at the southwest elevated intersection of Summerlin Road and Gladiolus.
Rumors circulated that Costco was about to move from its US 41 location south of Fort Myers to what is considered an Arlington property. Costco’s parent company, based in Washington, declined to comment.
However, Barry Brand, general manager of the Fort Myers Costco store, confirmed there was no news of the store’s imminent move.
“We’re not at that point,” Bland said.
Bland said he was not surprised by the rumors, adding that the current location has a tight parking lot and that he is looking elsewhere as he may be able to use more parking spaces. However, there is no option for Costco to relocate at this time.
“I think it’s always a big deal when we move when it comes to how our business is doing,” Bland said. “Whoever you speak to, there are always rumors. There’s really nothing to report until they’ve done something.”
Large retailers are having trouble finding land to build new stores, especially in the interior of the region west of Interstate 75, a local land broker said. Gulf Shore business.
“Obviously, 41 is over,” said John Mounce, founding partner of brokerage Landquest. “For a box of the size we’re talking about, any of those guys are looking at 20 acres, 20 acres, 41 frontage corridors, and there’s no place they’d want to go in. Even assembling it.” I can’t, it’s getting really difficult.”
Mounce noted that Home Depot is preparing to build a new store near I-75 instead of near US 41.
LSI Companies CEO Justin Thibaut was asked if Costco could not go to the farmland. where can i go?
Not many options.
“My answer to that is that there are more than 10 acres of parcels across Lee County, and I would be shocked if any of them weren’t highlighted as apartments,” says Thibaut. “Costco is a big eater. has a higher price per acre, per square foot than traditional big box stores.
“Maybe five or seven years ago Costco could have done something there. It’s pushing up the price we can pay for dirt.”