One of the primary tenants of redevelopment in Immokalee is to create a convenient and safe environment along Main Street for strolling, shopping and dining.
A major step forward down that path will see improvements to the curbing along Main Street and clearing, enhancing the site lines for motorists and pedestrians.
The Main Street Improvements Project is currently being designed and construction is expected to begin in 2013, according to Jeff Nagle
, planning manager of the Immokalee MSTU
, now a subdivision
of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
"The focus of this project will include reconstruction of the curbing and landscaped curb extensions, or landscaped bump outs, at the intersections to provide better visibility for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic," Nagle explained. "When completed the landscape modifications will provide an enhanced aesthetic character for Main Street and improve both vehicular and pedestrian traffic circulation."
The MSTU Advisory Committee
, a citizen panel chaired by long time Immokalee civic leader Cherryle Thomas, will submit a grant application to the Florida Department of Transportation's Highway Beautification Council to pay for the improvements. The Immokalee (CRA) and MSTU have already secured additional funding from FDOT for the project through a Joint Participation Agreement with Collier County. The remaining project cost will be funded by the Immokalee Beautification MSTU.