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CAPE CORAL | Local non-profit finds new group home after Hurricane Ian

Posted at 8:28 AM, Oct 05, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-05 12:00:03-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — For more than 25 years, the Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens had a group, riverfront home for adults in North Fort Myers, but after Hurricane Ian, five residents got displaced since the storm destroyed their home.

The non-profit Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens empowers and supports adults with disabilities and their families.

A year after Ian, LARC broke ground on a new property Thursday morning in Cape Coral for their residents. They’ll work alongside Steven R. Bowen Construction, Designers + Builders Unite and Interiors + Design Florida to build a custom home for residents to feel safe and comfortable.

LARC Executive Director Angela Katz said, “This is just much more than a facility, home or a structure. It’s truly a blessing in a place where individuals can thrive and be independent as they possibly can contribute and be contributing members to not only their community but their neighbors.”

In April, they told Fox 4 they couldn’t rebuild on the North Fort Myers property because code requires the new structure to be built 13 feet higher which isn’t accessible for their residents.

LARC said the land where they are building the home was donated to them several years ago. The new home will be six bedrooms and four bathrooms. They plan to finish the home in April 2024.