First Street Zocalo to formally open May 20!

The new Immokalee landmark – the First Street Zocalo – is finished and will formally open May 20!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. and it will be a big day in the little community that styles itself as, “Florida’s 21st Century!”

Festivities will include music, food and a big Immokalee-style party!!

The plaza is the latest project to be finished by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and represents a significant milestone toward moving the community forward.

Together with a future companion gathering spot at Main and 9th Street, the plazas will serve as linchpins of the Immokalee Public Realm Plan which won the 2010 Award of Merit from the Florida Planning & Zoning Association.

Collier County Commissioners approved the purchase of the two lots at the corner of Immokalee’s First Street and Main Street in 2012 and awarded the First Street Plaza design contract to Naples architect David Corban in January 2013. Surety Construction Company built the plaza. The park’s landscape was designed by renowned landscape architect Ellen Goetz.

In addition to a community gathering and celebration spot, the zocalo will also serve as a warm, new “Welcome” sign to Immokalee’s visitors arriving from the south and east.

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