Two proposed projects were presented to Fort Myers City Council at a Monday morning workshop in response to the city’s Request for Proposals for the city-owned property at 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., formerly home to The News-Press newspaper.
“We’ve talked about the need to redevelop [the former] The News-Press [building] for quite a while,” City Manager Marty Lawing said. “We talked about how [the building] can be a catalyst for the redevelopment of Midtown, so we’re excited about the proposals and look forward to hearing the presentations.”
The city purchased the building for $8.9 million in 2019, more than a year after Gannett, The News-Press’ parent company, sold the site for $4.75 million.
The first proposal came from Tre Bel Housing Founder Jonathan Vilma, a University of Miami alum and former NFL linebacker, and his partner Mario Procida, CEO of Procida Construction Corp.
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