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Herons Glen nears build out

July 10, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

In 1991, the first homes at Herons Glen were built. Soon, they will build the last.

Plans to build the final 15 single-family homes there were shown to the North Fort Myers Community Planning Panel & Design Review Panel last Tuesday at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

The group gathers every first Tuesday of the month to get a first look at potential development in the area. The panel is not an official government body, so its input is not binding. Its opinions and recommendations, though, can go a long way toward convincing the Lee County Board of County Commissioners whether a project meets its community.

The development, called Mystic at Herons Glen, was shown by project planner Sam Foisie. The homes will be on Messina Court as the final project for the 1,300-home development on the edge of the Lee and Charlotte county line off U.S. 41.

It is believed that D.R. Horton will be the builders of this plan at the north side of the development. No timeline was given for when the project would begin.

While the plan was approved unanimously, some concerns were expressed. John Gardner was concerned that the planned sidewalks were to be five feet wide.

"If you build a multi-use path, you'll be heroes. The main way people get around the complex is by golf cart," Gardner said. "It will save you the aggravation to build them 10 feet."

Also, Golden Manufacturing is looking to put a new business into the Interstate 75 Bayshore Industrial Complex.

The business, across from MW Horticulture, will use an existing 25,000-square-foot building as well as create an alternative parking plan for a place that will make marine boatlifts and accessories.

The parking lot will be ADA accessible and follow all county landscaping codes. There will also be outdoor covered storage for materials.

They are seeking an administrative variance so they do not have to install a sidewalk, since there is no concrete anywhere. They are also adding a driveway.

The panel had no objections.

Finally, the owners of a property on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pondella Road, presented a site development plan to build a 9,000-square-foot, six-unit office complex.

The property is zoned CS-1, for limited intensity commercial, with the driveway to face Pondella in the front, but with access from Orange. Buffering will be provided by numerous trees surrounding the area, which developers say will protect those who live in residential neighborhoods nearby.

The panel also passed this without an issue.



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