There will be a food truck park in downtown Bonita Springs after the city council approved a development plan during a Wednesday meeting.
The park would have eight pads for food trucks with full access to utilities, early plans show. A two-story seating area and a bar with toilets would anchor the project. Additional patio space and a playground with a smoke screen would complete the site at 27333 Old 41 Road. The property is on the north side of Reynolds Street across from Engels Bicycles.
Developer Magnus Family Investments estimated the project would be completed in two years at a cost of $ 3 million.
“We want this project to create added value for the community,” said developer Chris Magnus.
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The property is owned by the city. Last year, Bonita Springs City Council requested project proposals for several urban lots. It would sell the properties to developers with plans that would best benefit downtown Bonita Springs, the city said.
Magnus Family Investment was the only developer to submit a proposal for this site known as Levin-Lot. The city councils approved the food truck plan 6-0. Councilor Amy Quaremba was absent.
The developer will buy the property for $ 425,000. The city received the property in 2013 from Rhoda Levin as trustee of the Bernie Levin Trust Agreement.
The city council will need to approve formal sales and reallocation documents in the coming months to complete the project.
25 parking spaces would be built on separate town lots immediately south of Riverside Park at 27400 Old 41 Road. Dozens of additional parking spaces line the streets in the surrounding blocks.
The developers estimated that nearly $ 18,000 in city taxes would be paid each year, based on the current rates.
Earlier this month, the city council passed a comprehensive food truck regulation, but it was mostly aimed at mobile grocers, not parks. The ordinance removed a citywide limit of five trucks and kept mobile food trucks out of downtown parking lots and shops.
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Several restaurant-goers spoke out against the regulation, saying it would hold back business during an economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Chris Magnus said the park wouldn’t interfere with the rebuilding of stationary restaurants.
“It will be two years before we open,” he said. “That’s more than enough time for restaurants.”
Every councilor in attendance had positive feedback, noting the visual appeal and opportunity to move forward with development.
“It’s the kind of activity that would draw people downtown,” said Alderman Chris Corrie.
During the same meeting, the city council voted against a proposed project for Imperial Crossing, formerly known as Bamboo Village, on the Imperial River. The contractor called on the city to donate the land and provide a 10-year tax break in return for a $ 26 million project that would have included 32,000 square feet of commercial space and 112 one-bedroom apartments.
Thaddeus Mast is a South Lee County reporter for the Naples Daily News and The Banner. Support his work by subscribing to our local news organization. Find him on Twitter as @thaddeusmast.