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Chris-Tel Breaks Ground On Phase One Of The Choice Neighborhood Initiative

Published May 8, 2023

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Choice Neighborhood Initiative | December 2022

Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers for breaking ground on phase one of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Dozens of people gathered early last month to celebrate the momentous occasion including many City and housing officials.

Phase One of the project includes a 90-unit development in a vacant parking lot off Cleveland Avenue (US-41), four miles from the Southward Village housing community in Fort Myers.

The project is funded in part through a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and aims to transform the community into an equitable, desirable and proud neighborhood that meets the needs of all residents.

“Breaking ground on the Cleveland Avenue housing development is a monumental occasion as we mark the start of transformational change for the greater Dunbar community,” said Marcia Davis, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers. “We are thrilled to launch this community-wide initiative, and are thankful for the many partners and supporters who join in our vision and who are making this positive change possible for the people of Dunbar.”

The project team for Phase One includes, McCormack Baron Salazar, Parker Mudgett Smith Architects, and Chris-Tel Construction.

It is estimated that Phase One of the Dunbar initiative will be completed by Summer 2024 which will help support the launch of additional projects that will continue over several phases.

Chris-Tel is excited to be a partner on this project which will help transform the Dunbar community.