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August 4, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Don McBride joins Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate announced this week that Don McBride, an experienced real estate professional, has become a sales associate with its Cape Coral office.

Formerly with Nautical Realty Group, McBride specializes in residential property sales.

McBride can be reached at 239-823-8692, or

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a full-service residential real estate brokerage company with more than 85 offices and 5,000 sales associates serving the communities of central Florida, Flagler, Brevard, Palm Beach, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Tampa Bay and the Panhandle. For more information or to view local listings, visit

Lee County Community Development issues July permit report

During July, contractors pulled 105 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at about $23.3 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 171 permits issued in June 2017 and 90 issued in July 2016, according to the Lee County Department of Community Develop-ment.

Also during July, 155 multi-family units valued at about $22.3 million were permitted, compared to 10 units in June 2017 and eight units in July 2016.

General commercial activity was valued at about $10.6 million for 18 permits, compared to about $63.4 million in June 2017 and about $333,000 in July 2016.

Lee County Community Develop-ment issued 3,815 permits of all kinds in July.

Lee County Community Develop-ment oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.

To learn more about the department and its services, visit

Stevens Construction Inc. wins Aurora Award

For the 10th year, Stevens Construction has won an Aurora Award at the Southeast Builder's Conference. The Aurora Awards honor the best in construction in a 12-state region. In a ceremony held on July 28 in Orlando, Stevens Construction earned an Aurora Award in the interior renovations commercial category for The French, a fine-dining restaurant in Naples. Located at 365 5th Ave., South, The French transports diners to a Parisian brasserie with architectural elements such as custom embossed tin ceilings, oversized antiqued mirrors, red leather banquettes, black and white patterned mosaic floors, and hand painted, original murals by local artist, Megan Young.

Entries were judged on design, quality of construction, unusual constraints, cost savings techniques and outstanding features.

Stevens Construction has earned 19 Aurora Awards since 2007, five within the Healthcare division, three within Commercial, one within Public Works, two in the Hospitality category and one Renovation award. With offices in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Construction of Creative World School begins in Gateway

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has broken ground on a Creative World School in Gateway, located at 11961 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers.

Owners Amy and Chris O'Malley will be opening their third Creative World School franchise in Gateway. The 13,000-square-foot school will be opening in January 2018 and is able to accommodate up to 250 students, featuring a preschool for ages 3 months through 5 years and a before- and after-school program for students ages 6 to 10 years. It will include age level appropriate classrooms, kitchen, offices and multiple outdoor play areas.

O-A-K will oversee construction management services for the project.

Creative World School is committed to the highest educational standards and is proud to have earned System Accreditation through AdvancED. AdvancED is the largest accrediting body in the world, and its rigorous review process ensures that only the best Early and Elementary Education schools receive the AdvancED seal.

Creative World School is looking to hire 35 team members for this new school. To learn more, visit

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided general contracting, design-build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. O-A-K's Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about O-A-K at

The Place on First reveals new studio apartment, redesigns floor plan

The Place on First, a new mixed-use building coming to the historic downtown Fort Myers River District, has announced the addition of a studio apartment floor plan, The Lee, to its lineup of residences, as well as a redesign of another floor plan, The Jackson. Reservations are currently being accepted for the 15 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences available at The Place on First, which will be located on the corner of First and Jackson streets in the heart of downtown Fort Myers.

The Lee studio apartment is a one-bedroom, one-bath residence with an open living area with a west-facing terrace overlooking Jackson Street. A full kitchen, walk-in closet and utility room complete the space. The Place on First's newest 842-square-foot floor plan will start from the $200,000s.

The Jackson is a 1,462-square-foot urban living space offering a two-bedroom, two-bath design with a foyer, a west-facing balcony and a great room-style kitchen and living area, complete with a laundry room and pantry. The Jackson floor plan will start from the $300's.

In addition to multiple restaurant and retail destinations and three floors of Class A office space, The Place on First also has a select few homes available on the building's private residential floors, levels 6-8, which are accessible by elevator or stairs. The urban design features 15 residences, priced from the $200,000s to $800,000s. Five unique floor plans, including The Lee, The Edison, The Heitman, The Jackson and The McGregor, range from 842 to 2,305 square feet, and feature polished concrete floors, open-air city view terraces, and large, open-concept great rooms with 10-foot ceilings.

To learn more about the variety of floor plans available at The Place on First, visit the building's preview studio, located at 2275 Main St. in Fort Myers, call 239-336-5555 or visit

Messenger oversees sales at Neal Communities' Daniels Place

Steve Messenger, a new homes sales representative with Neal Communities, a Southwest Florida private homebuilder, recently took over the sales for Daniels Place, a master-planned community in Fort Myers with 85 single-family homes.

Messenger most recently covered the communities of Estero Place and Oaks of Estero for the past 14 months for the company's south region, which encompasses Lee and Collier counties. For more than 17 years, he has been a Florida licensed real estate agent. His sales experience includes past positions in general real estate and with regional and national new home builders.

In his position at Daniels Place, Messenger is responsible for all the sales, tours and models within Daniels Place as well as assisting potential homebuyers.

Recently, two new floor plans were introduced at Daniels Place. The Silver Mist 3 and the Sea Star floor plans offer homebuyers possibilities with the flexibility of adding a second story. The Silver Mist 3 is the most recent addition to Daniels Place.

Located along Daniels Parkway location, homes in the community feature views of an 8.4-acre natural preserve area and a 2.71-acre lake. Homes start from the upper $200,000s.

For more information, visit the sales center at 8251 Wildlife Preserve Lane in Fort Myers or call 239-470-4128.

About Neal Communities

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder has built over 12,000 homes in Southwest Florida. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm's continued, record-setting local success. For more information, please visit

R.D. Johnson Construction Inc. completes Fawcett Memorial Hospital upgrades

R.D. Johnson Construction Inc. has completed construction management services for an Emergency Power Supply System upgrade at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, located at 21298 Olean Blvd., in Port Charlotte.

The project included exchanging existing generators, rebuilding the masonry wall and reconstructing the concrete slab supporting the generator.

Based in Southwest Florida, R.D. Johnson Construction Inc. is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm serving businesses throughout Florida. The company specializes in the construction and renovation of commercial, government, educational and health care facilities and has extensive experience in the development of a wide range of small to multi-phase projects. R.D. Johnson Construction Inc. is located at 15800 Brothers Court, Suite 8, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-489-0930, email or visit RDJ.Construction.



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