Plans move forward for Gardner’s Park revitalization

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.-  Fort Myers is pushing ahead with plans to revitalize a long-quiet part of the city.

Leaders are embracing a new vision for Gardner’s Park, a historic neighborhood just east of the downtown area.

The community redevelopment agency passed the improvements to the area Wednesday morning.

Gardner’s Park boasts quiet streets with big trees, and stately older homes. In recent years,  new businesses have started here, like the Butterfly Estates and Wisteria Cafe.

City officials now want to promote the neighborhood to the arts community. The plan proposes street and sidewalk upgrades for a mix of commercial use for small shops and a residential area.

Community members are excited about the new neighborhood and its potential. There are more approvals needed for these plans, but the council would like to push it forward this year.

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