Naples CRA advisory board recommends three-story, four-level parking garage

A three-story, four-level parking garage should be built near the site for the proposed Gulfshore Playhouse theater and education center, the Naples Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board recommended Monday.

The board unanimously voted to recommend the size of the parking garage to be constructed and for the city to proceed with a partnership agreement with Gulfshore Playhouse to develop the garage at First Avenue South and 12th Street South.

These items will be considered by the Naples City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, at a public meeting in January.

“I’m leaning towards the three story with the four levels of parking availability mainly because it increases the pool of parking spaces for developers to purchase from the city,” Quenby Tyler, the chairwoman of the CRA Advisory Board, said at the meeting Monday.

In addition, the advisory board voted for the CRA and city staff to find additional sites for parking in the area north of Central Avenue.

The city has budgeted $10 million for the garage, which would include design and construction.

Interim CRA Manager Jeffrey Oris said at minimum the total cost would likely be around $4.1 million while at maximum the total cost could be $8.4 million.

Kristen Coury, the executive director of Gulfshore Playhouse, said she was “delighted” to see the CRA Advisory Board’s recommendation Monday.

“I think it’s a big step forward for the city and Gulfshore Playhouse,” she said.