The Irving Downtown Hurricane Ian Post-Storm Update

October 25, 2022

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ian, The Irving Downtown team set in motion plans to fully assess, clear, and fence the development site at 2401 Bay Street in Downtown Fort Myers, Florida.

The storm damaged or destroyed numerous trees and scattered large pieces and piles of debris across the site. Once stormwater receded and the area was deemed safe, The Irving team was fortunate to join forces with the neighboring Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers to start emergency clean-up efforts on and surrounding the project site.

Marcia Davis (left) of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers found The Irving's sign after the storm.

During the week of Oct. 17, Renfroe Jackson began necessary tree removal and hauling away debris, which is currently wrapping up, and Carter Fence Company installed a new construction fence.

All of the trees in the neighboring Vivas Palm Park have undergone a separate evaluation by the Naples Botanical Garden and, while some of the park’s benches, trash receptacles, and light posts were damaged, most of the trees weathered the wind and storm surge, and only four of the 50+ trees will likely have to be removed.

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian has had industry-wide affects, both locally and nationally, further impacting availability and pricing of contractors and materials already disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As our #swflstrong communities recover, The Irving team will continue its diligent work in downtown, navigating through any unexpected challenges or as yet unforeseen variables that could affect the development.

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