Islanders will be seeing a major renovation starting shortly on the almost half a century old Marco Town Center Shopping Plaza in the next couple of months. The project passed 7-0 during the recent Marco Island Planning Board meeting and will shortly come before the city council for final approval
A similar major facelift is nearing completion of the Island Plaza complex on the opposite side of North Collier Boulevard. “When both these projects are completed we will see a great improvement to the entry way to our island,” said Dianna Dohm, the Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.
The project is estimated to take approximately 9 to 12 months to complete and entails a 5 to 5.5 million dollar investment in that property.
The property itself has been the center of a number of debates regarding parking and outdoor seating issues. Two years ago, the popular Joey D’s Italian Restaurant had attempted to locate within the Town Center complex in the old Vandy’s location, but concerns regarding parking, drainage and other issues had caused them to look elsewhere on the island.
Since then, the Brixmor Property Group which owns the Marco Town Center has worked with their local representatives to come up with a plan which will address many of the issues that had concerned city leaders.
The project will entail a complete refurbishment of the façade of the facility, they will be improving the parking matrix within the complex and adding additional parking to the site. Signage will be improved and modernized in addition to improvements in landscaping.
Storm water management within the site will be improved as well as providing treatment for that outfall into the city’s stormwater collection system in that area.
The rear parking area behind the buildings will be repaved, lighting added, water retention issues addressed and a pedestrian access point will be added to allow for that parking area to be better utilized by employees and shoppers utilizing the plaza.
“Improved pedestrian nodes and outside seating will also be part to the overall plan and add a taste of elegance to our property there and make it a destination point on the island for shoppers and visitors,” said Bob Mulhere, V.P. of Planning for Holes-Monte the professional planners who represented Brixmor on the project.