Plans underway to extend Wilson Blvd. in the areas
Q: I was just wondering if you know of Wilson’s expansion plans?
— Fern Dy, Naples
A: Plans have not yet been finalized for the proposed extension of Wilson Boulevard to Golden Gate Estates, but three different route options are on the table and there is always the “no construction” option, which means that the route would not be extended, said Trinity Scott. , Deputy Chief of the Collier County Growth Management Department.
Wilson Boulevard is a north-south road that intersects Immokalee Road and Golden Gate Boulevard but ends in a canal over a mile south of Golden Gate Boulevard. An open house last month outlined potential locations for the county’s proposal to extend Wilson south on a canal, then west through a rural area to connect it to the east end of City Gate Boulevard near of the Paradise Coast sports complex.
Although the local long-distance transport plan determines that the extension is necessary to improve connectivity in the rapidly growing region, the proposal is still early in the government process, so not only are the start and stop dates n “Have not been determined, but the project is estimated to be over five years old and it is still unfunded,” Ms. Scott said.
The process includes finalizing a specific route and road design this summer and fall, with a second meeting yet to be announced. A third meeting this fall or winter will review the recommendations and final conclusions.
Wilson Boulevard will be widened from two to four lanes from Immokalee Road to Golden Gate Boulevard, but the proposed alignment for the extension of Golden Gate Boulevard South would be two lanes on a four-lane footprint. All three options of approximately 9 miles would connect the boulevard to Tobias Street across the canal, but each alignment differs greatly from this point and is always drawn fairly generally rather than specifically. The northern alignment shows Tobias connecting to Keane Avenue, then Garland Road to City Gate. The center alignment has Tobias extended south to connect with Markley Avenue and then City Gate. The southern alignment extends Tobias south to a new corridor through property the county purchased two years ago from Dr. Francis Hussey, then connects to White Lake Boulevard and finally City Gate.
Infrastructure must be improved to meet the needs of current residents, not to mention the needs of the county’s future population, which is expected to more than double over time, particularly in the eastern portion, said Collier County Commissioner Bill McDaniel, whose district includes the proposed route. “Stay engaged. There is more to come,” Mr. McDaniel said.
Citizens will be able to view recent open house information online, said county senior planner Lorraine M. Lantz. “All the documentation that was here, we will put it on our website, as well as the planning and the transport studies are there,” she said.
Burger Build Back Better King
Q: Do you know what’s going on with the Burger King on Airport Road in East Naples which was just demolished? Build a new one or something completely new there? Thanks a lot.
— Misty DiPalma, Napoli
A: Questions keep pouring in about the disappearance of Burger King restaurants in the Naples area. Another two months, another Burger King is being revamped. The locations and questions change, but not the answers.
The latest in the Industrial Park area near Airport-Pulling Road may have prompted the most inquiries, but questions are still being asked about the BK near Dudley Drive, which most people see from Pine Ridge Road .
Demolition began last week from the longtime location at 1011 Airport-Pulling Road, at the corner of Airport and Domestic Avenue. Barring any problems, the new Burger King restaurant is expected to open in early October, said Robin Kendall, director of engineering and design at Quality Dining Inc. (QDI), the Indiana-based company that operates six of the eight Burger King franchises. in Collier and more than 100 Burger King restaurants in Florida.
The BK location that was demolished in May at 6565 Dudley Drive, near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Pine Ridge Road, is expected to reopen by mid-August, Kendall said.
Fast food redevelopment projects are more than just cosmetic changes. Adding a second lane for ordering fast food allows for faster service and definitely creates a boost in business for new and improved restaurants, Kendall said. “Every store we do sees an improvement,” he said.
The BK franchise in East Naples is the fifth to be razed and then rebuilt in Collier County in recent years. In addition to recent work at the Airport and Pine Ridge Roads site, the QDI franchisee demolished and rebuilt Burger King restaurants with dual drive-thru lanes and infrastructure improvements at 1260 N. 15th St. at Immokalee, 12651 Tamiami Trail E. at East Liberty Square in Naples, and 5055 Golden Gate Parkway in Golden Gate.
QDI does not yet have a plan to redevelop its Burger King at 9271 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples Park, Mr. Kendall said. This franchisee does not own the Burger King locations at 2427 Tarpon Bay Blvd., near Immokalee Road in North Naples, nor the Walmart location at 6650 Collier Blvd. in Naples East.
Q: What happens to the building next to Hobby Lobby in the Triangle Boulevard area in East Naples?
— Susan L., Naples East
A: Mattress Firm is taking the majority of the building between Outback Steakhouse and Hobby Lobby for a 4,000 square foot showroom at Triangle Plaza at Triangle Boulevard and US 41 East. The Houston-based company for the mattress retailer has at least six other locations in Collier County and about 2,300 nationwide.
Built to specification in 2018 by Stock Development, a second unit is still available in the 6,000 square foot building at 9967 Triangle Blvd. Trinity Commercial Group is negotiating with a second retailer for the remaining 1,965 square feet of space in that building, said Tony Mangione, a director at TCG.