Update on Publix Planned for Pine Island Road

Banks Engineering and Pine Tarr, LLC, held a community meeting recently to share plans for a new commercial development planned for Pine Island Road, just before the 4-way stop. Known as the Calusa Cay project, the shopping center will be located on the opposite side of the road from the water association (5100 Pine Island Road) and the incoming 7-Eleven.

According to company representatives, the plans include a new 29,000-square-foot Publix grocery store and out parcels with up to an additional 30,000 square feet of space. The Publix will take up about eight acres of the property for the store and parking. There are not yet plans for the outparcels.

The development was previously approved by the county, though the developers are seeking a modification to make the store smaller than originally planned. (Initially, they had planned for a 46,000 square foot store; now they’re planning for a 29,000 square foot store.)

They expect to spend the next two years finalizing site plans and permits and on building construction, with the store’s opening projected to be in 2021.

Though the development has already been approved, representatives said they would be happy to take suggestions for the look of the property to try to ensure that it fits within Pine Island’s coastal-rural character and design standards.

  • The GPICA has agreed to field suggestions for the property and pass them along to the developers. If you would like to make suggestions, please email your comments to GPICAcomments@gmail.com.
  • Read Ed Franks’ story about the meeting in the Pine Island Eagle

(If you’d like to look up the Lee County records for the project, the reference number is DOS2014-00027.)

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