Gulfshore Playhouse parking garage proposal advances, could spur redevelopment in Naples downtown area

Gulfshore Playhouse parking garage proposal advances, could spur redevelopment in Naples downtown area

A Naples public-private partnership to build a new downtown parking garage would bring value to the area and spur redevelopment, city officials and community stakeholders said Monday.

The Naples City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, voted unanimously Monday to advance the proposal. The council directed staff to write up an agreement among the involved parties, include a funding strategy in the CRA’s upcoming capital improvement plan and develop economic impact projections.

The partnership would be a part of the Gulfshore Playhouse’s plan to build what planners call a downtown “cultural campus” that would include a new theater.

In 2017, the playhouse purchased 3 acres at the corner of First Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road for the new campus. The playhouse later offered to donate a portion of that land to the city in exchange for the city constructing a new parking garage, which would serve the needs of both the public and the playhouse. Gulfshore Playhouse still owns the land.

A possible location for the garage would be on approximately 1 acre at the intersection of 12th Street North and First Avenue South, but other locations were previously explored by the city for a new garage.

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