We have some interesting news to share about the empty parcel of land at the northeast corner of the Gateway Boulevard and Griffin Drive intersection.

After being contacted by the Gateway CDD about the lack of landscaping care on the property, the property owner revealed to the CDD that they would like to build an apartment complex on the vacant land.

No construction permits appear to have been filed with Lee County in connection with this property since 1994. And those long-abandoned permits indicate that the Gateway Commons Pool was going to be built on the site, before the decision was made to move the pool further north along Gateway Blvd.

The property was purchased in September 2011 by a company named Gateway 2012 LLC.


This is actually surprising information.

Apartments? Really?

I always felt the best strategy for that land was to do nothing for many more years, allowing the rest of Gateway to be built out. When everything else is done and they’re sitting on the only vacant land on Gateway Boulevard – at the Griffin Drive intersection no less – that property would be a goldmine to a commercial developer.

Regardless of the “when” … the “what” would go there was always going to be commercial space in my mind.

Its location is too valuable to build apartments, wouldn’t you think?

It would be prime retail space.

But apparently that isn’t the case. The land owner says their vision is to build an apartment complex. I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around that one.

Should permits be filed on the property to begin developing it, we will certainly let you know.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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