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Neighbors wary of proposed apartment complex in Cape Coral

Posted at 10:18 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 11:01:22-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Some homeowners in Cape Coral are getting letters in the mail about a possible apartment complex springing up in their backyards.  Some are even going as far to say they'd put their houses on the market before the construction trucks come rolling down Embers Parkway.

People who live along Embers Parkway carved out their homes around nature.  "We have this beautiful forest behind us," said Beth Rivera, who has lived in her home for the past five years. "Nobody behind us! No neighbors," she added.

However, that might change. Rivera learned an apartment complex might be built when she opened her mailbox.  “Why they choose to do it in a neighborhood where there’s beautiful $400,000 houses that are built on water that is right over there," said Rivera.

Fischler Property Company is selling more than 100 acres of land in the Cape near Embers Parkway and Nelson Road. They released a photo of what the proposed Embers Lake Estates complex would look like.

"When you have houses that are built up all around this area, you don't put a complex right in the middle of it," said Rivera. "That shouldn't happen," she added.

Some neighbors say the news of a looming apartment doesn't surprise them. Lexie Dussac moved to Cape Coral from Miami and is familiar with development.

"There's a lot of new projects here in Cape Coral compared to when I first moved here 10 years ago," said Dussac.

Rivera plans on attending a meeting at City Hall to learn more about the land being bought by another company.  "I guess I will have to wait and find out," said Rivera. "I have a lot of questions for them," she added.

Cape Coral will discuss it on Monday February 5th at 4:30pm in City Hall.

4 In Your Corner reached out to the new buyer for comment, but have not heard back.