Farmer Joe’s Fresh Market, one of the largest Farm Market grocery stores in Lee County, was not the typical development. The owner wanted a 55,000 square foot grocery store with more than the required parking spaces on a 6.5-acre site.
The owner also wanted an outdoor display of fruits and vegetables. The project included Public Hearing Deviations through the zoning process.
The project development team faced several challenges during the development permitting of this project. The owner wanted outdoor display and parking that exceeded 125% of the required parking which triggered our team to work with the City of Cape Coral zoning staff to get deviations approved at the City Council. The other major hurdle was getting the SFWMD water quality and attenuation to fit on the site while maximizing the parking lot for the size store.