Private property around Treeline Avenue immediately north of Southwest Florida International’s main entrance is gradually emerging from recessionary hibernation, commercial brokers say.
Two commerce parks adjacent or very close to that 2.3-mile stretch — D75 Commerce Center and Southwest International Commerce Park — are experiencing new business development that will bring additional retail traffic from Treeline.
Speaking generally, Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions noted of the corridor: “There’s an extremely large amount of land there, zoned and ready to build on,” but that “buildings built (before the recession) suffered.”
Vacant space is starting to be absorbed, but not at a fast pace, Thibaut said, adding that speculative buying on raw land also is starting to resume.
Treeline’s proximity to Interstate 75, Southwest Florida International Airport, Florida Gulf Coast University and Gulf Coast Town Center assures there will be build-out someday, said Jerry Messonnier.
He’s a Fort Myers-based principal with Lee & Associates, which has land and buildings throughout the corridor, “some for lease, some for sale,” according to Messonnier.
The biggest development activity now is coming from property owner-users, Messonnier said.
Two recent examples:
- Scott Fischer Enterprises’ Six Bends Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership that debuted October in D75 Commerce Center just west of Jetport Interstate Commerce Park; and
- The HeadPinz Fort Myers bowling and entertainment center, under construction and tentatively scheduled for an early May opening in Southwest International Commerce Park.
The former consists of a 54,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson store, a motorcycle riding academy and Top Rocker Field, an event venue with capacity for 5,000 people. Still to come, according to owner Scott Fischer, is a mix of tenants that very likely will include a microbrewery, a boutique hotel and a tattoo parlor.
HeadPinz, a development of Bonita Springs-based Bowland Centers, will feature 24 bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag arena, more than 50 arcade games, a suspended ropes course, three bars and a restaurant.
Spokesman Mike Cannington said one section will sport four old-timey-style bowling lanes where “the pins will be put down by human beings, not machines.” This will be marketed primarily to business groups wanting to hold meetings at HeadPinz. The 50,000-square-foot building also will have party rooms.
Other high-profile destinations along the corridor include the new Porsche of Fort Myers and Audi of Fort Myers, which are poised to open in the next few days. Both auto dealerships are just down the street from each other in D75 Commerce Center.
A businessperson working nearly a year in the area had good things to say about the Treeline Avenue location.
“It’s nice to be near an airport,” said Joyce Aliaga, manager at All American Pet Resorts in Southwest International Commerce Park.
Added Aliaga: “We’re staffed 24/7, so if you come in from a flight at 2 in the morning, it’s no problem.”