New Estero community in the works includes shopping, dining & living

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ESTERO VILLAGE, Fla.- After establishing itself as a village on New Year’s Day, Estero is in the process of electing a council and taking on the task of creating a new community.

Estero Crossing would be located off Corkscrew Road near I-75 about three miles from Coconut Point. The details are not all hashed out yet but in the proposal, four or five commercial buildings, 455 residential properties, shopping and a gas station.

Right now, it’s only on paper. A panel met in Estero Monday night to discuss the project with developers. More than a hundred people showed up to the meeting to hear more about the project. There were a few things they liked and a lot they didn’t like.

“I like the possibility of a better access road to Corkscrew by adding [traffic] lights,” said John McGuiness. “I don’t like the idea of a high rise or some four story building. I don’t like not knowing what type of occupants are going to be in it.”

The community was first proposed 8 years ago and is now going through the development and rezoning process. As they attempt to as for more height, 55 feet instead of 45 feet, those in the community are getting fired up about they type of living quarters, gates and traffic.

“The commercial buildings are not going to relieve our traffic issue,” said community member Virginia Gohn. “It’s going to cause more, double it.”

The Estero panel, a group sitting in lieu of the council, is asking developers for a traffic study and more residential parking to name a few.

“They asked good questions,” said Neale Montgomery who is the land attorney on the project. “That is what we are here for to educate them.”

Tuesday, January 27th, the developers are hosting a meeting for the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Preserve at Corkscrew.

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