Formerly described as Mixed Use Area 41-10, the master plan approved on June 9 builds on the strengths of the Naples Design District to leverage existing assets, enable prosperity and connect the neighborhood to create another great local destination.
NAPLES, Florida., June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The ARC of the City of Naples has announced the approval of the DPZ CoDESIGN Master Plan for the new Naples Design District, formerly described as the 41-10 Mixed Use Zone. The Master Plan vision sets out achievable strategies in support of three key objectives:
- Build on the existing strengths of the Naples Design District by ensuring that improvements and redevelopment are in keeping with the existing character of the neighborhood and the fine-grained urban fabric;
- Encourage new business opportunities while preserving the existing affordable housing stock; and
- Foster policies and regulations for creating places that serve a multigenerational population, especially the young at heart.
The Naples Design District will join 5e Avenue South and 3rd Street South as a place to live, work and play – for entertainment, dining, entertainment and shopping in what is becoming Naples’ most exciting and inclusive community.
“The Naples Design District Master Plan demonstrates the desires and intentions of Naples residents to maintain the unique and inclusive qualities of the area, while building on the strengths to create another vibrant area reflecting the Naples vision,” said Anita JenkinsCRA administrator.
Initiated by the CRA in response to substantial new investment in the area known for its concentration of art and decor businesses between US-41 and 10e Street, the master plan is the culmination of a year-long process that began on September 10, 2021 with the creation of the Speak Up Naples platform. The site was designed to inform Naples community on the process, give stakeholders a forum in which to share their ideas and express their concerns, and give all area residents the opportunity to post comments reflecting their concerns and desires for the development of this district.
Deputy Mayor Mike McCabeARC President said “The Naples Design District is an exciting and eclectic area that has so much potential. It will evolve into the next location. The master plan developed by DPZ CoDESIGN is the foundation for everything to come. Here is the next gem of the City of Naples.”
The masterplan aims to leverage existing assets by amplifying the infrastructure that currently defines the success of the Naples Design District, such as enhancing the unique laneway system with the Design Walk, a scenic and active promenade to complement the arts scene, design and gastronomy already underway. . Plans are also underway to refine the district’s infrastructure and improve connectivity to destinations beyond the Naples Design District.
“The acceptance by the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors of the final Naples Design District Master Plan is the culmination of the community’s commitment to a viable plan worthy of the City of Naplesthat will improve the neighborhood and position it for the next generation,” said the new city manager, Jay Boodheswar.
The CRA will meet in September to review capital improvements and a three to five year implementation plan.
To view the final DPZ CoDESIGN report, click here.
About the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
The CRA and a redevelopment plan were created in 1994 by resolutions 94-7098 and 94-7099. On January 15, 2014, City Council passed Resolution 14-13401 approving an amended redevelopment plan. The redevelopment plan was further modified on March 21, 2021, by Resolution 2021-14616. The purpose of this recent amendment was to add a housing objective to enable the CRA to directly undertake affordable housing projects and review projects under recently completed neighborhood plans. The boundaries of the ARC District were determined at the time of its creation and are shown on the map of ARC Districts.
Press contacts: Monique Barhart
Communication and Public Awareness Manager – City of Naples
SOURCE City of Naples ARC