The Village has purchased a vacant 72-acre site on Three Oaks Parkway from the Lee County School District. The property is in the area behind the U.S. Post Office and extends from Three Oaks Parkway to I-75.

The site is useful to the Village for several reasons. First, a portion of the property can be excavated to create a large stormwater pond to help mitigate flooding. During Hurricane Irma, the entire area along Three Oakes Parkway from Corkscrew Road to Estero Parkway flooded. The communities of Country Creek, Villagio, Copper Oaks and The Rookery all experienced various levels of flooding. As a result, flood insurance costs in those neighborhoods have risen tremendously. The Village has submitted a federal grant request to pay for the excavation of a new stormwater pond that may help in reducing flooding and possibly help to curtail flood insurance costs.

Secondly, taking this parcel out of possible development helps limit the increase in traffic congestion at the intersection of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway. The proposed kindergarten through eighth grade school at that location was opposed by many area residents due to traffic impacts.

Third, the acquisition of this parcel is another in the growing list of properties purchased by the Village for recreation and open space. This brings over 200 acres purchased or secured on long-term leases that would otherwise be subject to high density development.

In addition to this acquisition, the Village has secured a long-term lease of about 55 acres near Estero High School. In total, this represents a great “win-win” working relationship between the Village and the Lee County School District. It is a true collaboration in the best interests of the community at large.

Three Oaks parcel jrevans

Three Oaks parcel jrevans

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