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City council moves forward on SE Cape improvement project

Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 09:56:02-05

**UPDATE** -- The city council voted unanimously Monday evening to enter into a contract with CPH, Inc. for professional design services on the project.

The contract calls for the firm to create a complete design of the project.  The total cost of the contract is $635,909.

The city council also agreed to enter negotiations with Chris-Tel Company to be the construction manager of the project.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla-- The city council will vote Monday on a multi-million dollar improvement project for the entertainment district in SE Cape Coral. If approved, changes would happen to the area's streets, sidewalks and lighting making it more pedestrian friendly.

In recent weeks residents against the plan have spoken up at council meetings saying the $9 million price tag is too costly for tax payers. But those in support of the project believe it's the best solution to attracting people and business owners to the area.

"I know there's a lot of controversy with it," said Noela Chocolate & Confections owner Ande Grant. 

Grant opened Noela Chocolate 4 years ago and not only owns the business but the building along SE 47th Terrace.

"When we bought the building there was a lot of talk about bigger projects coming in, a lot of people were buying the buildings and redoing the buildings," said Grant.

Wanting her business to be a sweet success, Grant said she was also sold on the idea of potential future projects like the proposed Streetscape Improvement Plan. Grant believes the project's vision to widen the sidewalks to encourage more walking between stores and restaurants would be a win-win for both businesses and visitors. 

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