Jeff Lytle: Now look here: Good things are taking shape

JEFF LYTLE
Jeff Lytle

Jeff Lytle

MHK
Robb & Stucky International will be big on style — inside and out — a block from Naples' Fifth Avenue South.

MHK Robb & Stucky International will be big on style — inside and out — a block from Naples' Fifth Avenue South.

Bayshore/Gateway CRA
You could live, work, eat, play and enjoy the arts at the town square in the East Naples plan.

Bayshore/Gateway CRA You could live, work, eat, play and enjoy the arts at the town square in the East Naples plan.

Read the Daily News closely.

Very closely.

Even the teeny-weeny type of the legal ads with the classifieds.

You can find some good news — about the economy.

Close readers this past Wednesday noticed a legal ad for a mixed-use — residential and commercial — project on East Naples' Bayshore Drive that includes a theater for 350 people.

There also is an outdoor amphitheater, 84,000-square-foot parking garage and plenty of open space for people to mix and mingle and enjoy food and nature.

The project is the one the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Agency has been working on for the past several years.

It is part of the redevelopment effort that county commissioners have debated as too slow or perking along nicely.

The project, on the original 18-acre site for the Naples Botanical Garden, which moved on to bigger and better things, has to work its way through the county permitting process just like everything else.

That is what the legal ad was all about.

Stay tuned. More to come.

Meanwhile, close readers last Sunday noticed an application for a serious 60,000-square-foot commercial building in downtown Naples.

Turns out the site in question, north of the Four Corners, is the long-vacant site of the landmark Trail's End Motel between Third and Fourth avenues south and U.S. 41 and 10th Street — nearly the whole 2.3-acre block that previous owners who helped shape the zoning for all of downtown once saw as a mixed-use enclave.

New life there is a big deal.

Funny thing. None of the candidates for City Council mentioned it in our editorial board interviews.

The project, which won some preliminary City Hall support this past week, would be the two-story Robb & Stucky International showroom complex.

Samson Holding, the Asian buyer of the bankrupt firm's iconic name, trademark and website, is wasting no time, opening a new Robb & Stucky store at the site of an old one in Fort Myers a few evenings ago and hoping to have the prime Naples location — designed by MHK Architecture & Planning of Naples — up and running by this time next year, says the firm's vice president Eric Chien.

More good news, though not found in the fine print: The sweet little makeover at Naples Towne Centre on U.S. 41 East, east of the County Government Center and Walmart.

Soft pastels and some smart new roof angles and parking lot landscaping will have that property all ready for the new customers from an economic rebound at neighboring Treviso Bay and when Collier Enterprise's Sabal Bay gets cranked up to the south.

Good stuff is happening. You just need to know where to look, and care.

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Check out the new CBS morning show aptly titled "This Morning."

The traditional news leader network signed up interviewer extraordinaire Charlie Rose for instant gravitas as a co-host, and he delivers.

CBS has staked out the serious news turf while still grabbing attention with a 90-second video blitz at 7 a.m. that rivals anything on any fast-paced sports network.

There is no mistaking this for the "Today Show" and its charming stars and tabloid content.

We'll see by the ratings what the market is for this kind of quality content at that time of day.

Those who care about the future of journalism, on TV or elsewhere, will be rooting for "This Morning."

Lytle is editorial page editor of the Daily News. His email address is jlytle@naplesnews.com. Call him at 263-4773. Check his blog at naplesnews.com/blogs/jefflytle.

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