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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:57:

CRA moving ahead with more drainage, sidewalk projects

CRA moving ahead with more drainage, sidewalk projects The Immokalee CRA continues to improves the community's drainage system and continues improving safety by building additional sidewalks.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has approved the plans and specifications for two additional projects, both part of a long-term Disaster Recovery Initiative, approved by the U.S. Congress. The larger of two projects is a $2.1 million storm water drainage system, sidewalks and roadway improvements to Immokalee Drive and North 16th Street. The second, which is primarily a pedestrian safety initiative, is a $500,000 drainage installation and sidewalk construction project along both sides of Colorado Avenue, from South First to South Ninth Streets in the vicinity of Pinecrest Elementary School.


Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:25:

CRA adds bike helmets to annual Lipman backpack giveaway!

CRA adds bike helmets to annual Lipman backpack giveaway! It's part good ol' community festival and part pre-school, get-the-kids-ready event and for the third year Immokalee's Lipman companies held its Backpack Giveaway event August 2 at the Immokalee Sports Complex.  Hundreds of kids - and parents - came out for the Saturday event and the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) also participated by giving away bicyle helmets to Immokalee school children.  "With bicycle and pedestrian safety a growing concern in Immokalee, we wanted to contribute something to the Lipman companies' generous effort by also help kids safe during the coming school year and beyond," said Bradley Muckel, CRA executive director.  School begins in Collier County in two weeks. The Lipman companies - long known as 6


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:

Immokalee CRA advances community's economic development

Immokalee CRA advances community's economic development The potential of Immokalee as a regional or state manufacturing, distribution center was on the mind of regional, state and private evaluators earlier this month when they toured the community.  The staff of two important state economic development agencies – Enterprise Florida and Florida's Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) – and a private investment firm – Site Selection Group – toured Immokalee July 15, hosted by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the community of Immokalee against other interior Florida communities for its readiness to compete for regional manufacturing and distribution development. The exercise allowed the CRA constituent-partner agencies to


Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:25:

Immokalee CRA saves church $15,000 in sidewalk repairs

Immokalee CRA saves church $15,000 in sidewalk repairs By its presence and advocacy for all Immokaleans, the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently saved $15,000 for the Immokalee Church of the Nazarene in sidewalk costs.  The church, a long-standing and well-regarded congregation, is in the midst of a building campaign with the help of Thomas Riley Artisans Guild and what it doesn't need is an additional $15,000 tacked on top of its expansion effort.  Through negotiation with Collier County, the Immokalee CRA was able to reduce the costs of the sidewalk improvements and work out a solution for all - without costing Imokalee or Collier County taxpayers any additional costs.   "On behalf of my dad, Pastor Paul, and  the Immokalee Church of the Nazarene, I thank you for taking the time


Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:48:

Immokalee CRA in disagreement with Collier County about grant fulfillment

Immokalee CRA in disagreement with Collier County about grant fulfillment In its July 16 edition, the Naples Daily News published a piece detailing - to some degree - a disagreement over grant funding currently being worked out between the Immokalee CRA, Collier County Department of Housing, Human & Veteran Services (HHVS) and the Collier County Clerk's Finance Department.     The two grants, which originated at The United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but are administered locally by HHVS, were approved by Collier County and provided to the Immokalee CRA to cover operational costs associated with its Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC) Program, which was created and managed in years past under a former CRA Director as a for its business incubator. The IBDC served as an economic tool facilitatin


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:45:

One of Immokalee's best known packing houses FOR SALE!

One of Immokalee's best known packing houses FOR SALE! It is something of an Immokalee landmark, evan among Immokalee packing houses and it's for sale: all 102,000 square feet of it at the asking price just over $4.6 million!  The Colliers International packing house, 212 Jerome Drive (known to some as the Colliers-Noble packing house), went on the market recently and is expected to draw many interested parties.  Naples residents (and many others) will be familiar with the property as a frequent site of Collier County's Annual Farm-City Barbeque, a traditional celebration of Collier County agricultural heritage held each Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.  The packing house is ready to go and is strategically located within the community, very close to the Immokalee Regional Airport and all truck routes. 


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