New outdoor town center coming to northwest Cape Coral

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Matthew Seaver
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A new outdoor town center with homes, shopping, dining, and entertainment is planned for Cape Coral. It will be in the Pine Island Road area, which has been attracting a lot of new businesses.

Land that is currently filled with trees will soon be a place for shopping sprees and much more. A developer is ready to begin work on a 131-acre outdoor town center called Coral Grove next door to Bubba’s Roadhouse and Saloon in northwest Cape Coral.

“The city is growing. I think we’re finally getting to where we expected to be,” said Jay Johnson, owner of Bubba’s Roadhouse and Saloon.

The above rendering shows just one of the elements of the project, which includes housing, retail, and restaurants

Johnson says he has seen the area’s transformation, especially off Pine Island Road. He welcomes his new neighbors because they will bring in more business.

“Anything that draws traffic to the area is a good thing. You know people need to eat. And if they’re out here shopping, you’re going to get hungry and look for somewhere affordable to eat and come see us,” Johnson said.

Annette Ehmur, who has lived in the northwest Cape for 11 years, thinks the area is growing too much, too fast.

“More traffic. More congestion. More people. You know, I gotta say we were spoiled. We enjoyed how desolate it was up here, especially in the northwest,” said Ehmur.

The project will be built in phases. Right now, plans are filed with the city for the master infrastructure and the first luxury apartment community.

The developer said it expected to submit plans for retail, restaurants, and more to Cape Coral later this year.

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