No, the giant concrete-block shell rising off Nicholas Parkway and Pine Island Road in Cape Coral is NOT another new self-storage facility. It’s actually something a little more exciting.
With locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Sarasota and elsewhere, Crunch Fitness is expanding with a 33,000-square-foot gym, slated to open later this summer, according to writer David Dorsey.
As work continues on that $3 million project, the Incredible Hulk, also known as bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, will be on hand at Gulf Coast Town Center for the opening of a new Astro-Durance fitness studio on May 15. The operation uses bungee-jumping equipment to get folks in shape.
Workout places are banking on a return of clients as more customers are vaccinated this year.
“I call it COVID-10, COVID-20 OR COVID-30,” Astro-Durance’s Patty Cummings said, meaning the number of pounds gained over the past year or so. “If anything, I think people just want to start moving again. I want to move. I want to exercise. So many people started getting joint pain because they weren’t doing anything. It does show results very quickly.”
To rise or not to rise
A planned hotel for its most congested area gets a look under the hood by the Naples City Council on Wednesday.
While its Planning Advisory Board backed the AC Marriott, some members did express concerns related to traffic and a roundabout that has been termed as outdated and would need to be used for anyone entering the property.
The complex, slated for likely completion by 2023, would rise at Goodlette-Frank Road and Fifth Avenue South, according to In the Know.
Supporters call the downtown area project “a dynamic linchpin connecting Fifth Avenue South, the Gordon River and Baker Park.”
“What’s terrific about this project is that it’s a high-end hotel,” City Council member Raymond Christman said.
More growth and development news
» It might seem like Southwest Florida’s going through a housing boom. But some real estate brokers insist it’s not.
» Just as Naples has been seeing new life in the eastern commercial corridor that largely had remained quiet for many years, Fort Myers is seeing a similar resurgence on its east side.
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