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TPI off-island project delayed

March 4, 2020
By NATHAN MAYBERG ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The off-island project of TPI at Pine Ridge Road and San Carlos Boulevard for a hotel and workforce housing complex known as the Gateway Village, will be delayed due to issues on site as well as a myriad of stipulations and comments that the developer will need to address with county agencies.

TPI chairman Tom Torgerson said there are "soil issues we are dealing with" which he believes will delay construction until at least May. Torgerson said last month he thought the project could get off the ground as early as March.

While the project was granted zoning approval by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, the plans are still undergoing a review by county agencies.

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This section of TPI’s Gateway Village fronts Pine Ridge Road where the county has called for a number of issues to be addressed, including a sidewalk plan.


The plans call for a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel and a 150-unit residential development with a shuttle on site to transport workers and others to the future Margaritaville. Torgerson said at a press conference last month that he is still looking for a business partner for the residential component.

According to county documents, the Department of Community Development has notified Morris Depew Associates (TPI's planners) that the project requires revised plans to address a number of issues.

Those outstanding issues at the county level include an ongoing review of the traffic impact statement; a request for the design of a stormwater system in accordance with South Florida Water Management District requirements to address stormwater runoff; Department of Transportation comments regarding driveways, entrances and exits; the payment of permit fees; a request for a hurricane plan as well as 18 insufficiency comments regarding utilities.

In addition, a proposed mid-block crosswalk on Pine Ridge Road is not supported by the Lee County Department of Transportation staff. The agency instead has said the project must include plans for a six-foot wide concrete sidewalk along the entire property frontage on Pine Ridge Road to connect to the existing sidewalk on San Carlos Boulevard. The state Department of Transportation will also need to sign off on any construction activities in its right-of-way.

Torgerson said the soil issue on site is most responsible for the delay to the project and not the county's comments regarding the plans.

The site is located across from Bayside Estates on a 15-acre parcel behind the 7-Eleven gas station near Walmart.



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