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LA-MSID OKs commercial development agreement

October 17, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District has approved a real estate agreement with Casto Southeast Realty Services contingent on the resolution of some drainage issues.

Casto Southeast Realty Services plans to redevelop a current property, which is a shopping center located directly behind Rib City at 1480 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres.

"We are working to help the realty development group resolve the issues surrounding the current drainage situation. The project could bring some great commercial growth opportunities to Lehigh," said District Manager David Lindsay of the decision made Sept. 17.

The master plans for the shopping center include restaurant space as well as commercial and retail opportunities.

The board also approved current plans with the Lee County Department of Transportation on the permits for three crossings, which would open up additional service roads on either side of Lee Boulevard.

"Each service road would allow traffic to flow from Saint Raphael's Catholic Church all the way to Sunshine Boulevard. The roads should open up within the next few months," said Lindsay.

Under the board's regular meeting consent agenda were two grants the district received from the National Resource Conservation Service, an arm of FEMA.

"The grants were given to repair damage done during hurricane Irma. We received approximately $900,000 to replace a water control structure and $750,000 to purchase and install a flex-mat near Buckingham Park that would help keep the banks from washing out and flooding," said Lindsay.

Other agenda items included the approval of a schedule for union negotiations when they come up in 2021, and the prequalification of engineering firms.

"Having the engineering firms prequalified allows us to hire them on an as needed basis. This way we already know that they meet our standards and specifications," Lindsay said.

LA-MSID commissioners also motioned to approve the minutes from their Aug. 20 regular and a special meeting held on the consideration of their fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. The FY2018-19 budget and assessment rate distribution numbers remained similar to last fiscal year.

According to Lindsay, various grants and fees taken in by the district helped to off-set expenses and taxes.

"In 2016, we received approximately $11 million from grants and other fees," said Lindsay.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District meets at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane.

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