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BOCC approves boat storage at bowling alley site

June 12, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The lot on N. Tamiami Trail where the old All-Star Lanes sat for more than 50 years will become a boat storage facility.

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners last week approved a zoning change for the 5.66-acre site at 2818 N. Tamiami Trail to allow boats and recreational vehicles to be stored on the property.

The proposed building has worked its way through the zoning process for the past several months before the BOCC approved what the zoning board recommended.

Danny Ballard, vice president of the North Fort Myers Civic Association, said the developer showed the plan at a Planning Panel meeting early this year and was going to use the same format as for a similar facility on Estero.

The panel approved the plan put forth by Maastricht Engineering, but said it wanted certain things done.

An 80,000-square-foot building, with a 28-foot maximum height, would be used to store boats and recreational vehicles on recommendation of the county hearing examiner.

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Deputy Hearing Examiner Amanda Rivera in a summary called the concept "unique to the county as it is 'covered' storage and not necessarily 'enclosed.'"

The only completely enclosed building on site will be an 800- square-foot leasing office. The two large storage areas in the center of the site will be covered with canopies, and the perimeter storage areas will have walls on three sides while remaining open to the interior of the site.

Municipal potable water is available and the site will connect to those services. The facility will use an onsite septic system for wastewater. Since this development is intended for storage use with only a small office, extending the sewer line would be cost prohibitive, according to a staff report.

County officials want to make sure that the sounds of boats and RVs being moved doesn't bother residential neighbors whose property abuts against the site, though, "The proposal arguably represents a less-intensive use as it will generate less traffic, noise, and light than the bowling alley that previously occupied the site," the summary said.

The developer requested two deviations on setbacks and perimeter plantings; staff recommended approval. A third deviation concerning right-of-way buffering requirement was withdrawn.

The county will allow only emergency doors in the rear, and will require opaque screen to better shield the neighbors.

Other conditions include 1.88 acres of open space, including .21 acres of public access and a proposed dry detention area, to remain at grade to preserve the indigenous tree clusters that must remain healthy.

The building that housed the former bowling alley was destroyed in a fire and underwent demolition in 2016.

 
 

 

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