naplesnews.com by Jospeh Cranney | January 16, 2016
The small stretch of Third Avenue South that recently opened as the first phase of a major downtown development project looks, as City Councilman Sam Saad put it, like “the ideal” street design.
The avenue has sidewalks, bike lanes, two traffic circles and 28 new parking spaces. It is brick paved, which the city says is better for storm water management. And other elements, such as palm trees and decorative fountains, add to the streetscape.
The avenue helps downtown traffic flow east to Goodlette-Frank Road and also provides access to the Bayfront shopping and dining complex.
The design of the avenue was approved by Naples City Council in 2013, part of one of the largest development projects in the city’s history. The project, called Naples Square, will include four residential buildings, each with 75 units, and a yet to- be determined amount of commercial space.