Immokalee’s First Street Plaza – Zocalo – will soon be reality!

Within the next few months, the landscape of Immokalee's Main Street will be forever changed with the completion of the long-awaited First Street Zocalo. 

Collier County Commissioners approved December 10th the plaza's construction contract and work will begin within weeks. Surety Construction Company of Naples was awarded the $576,000 construction contract. 

While the plaza, or zocalo, may not look precisely like the photograph on the left, it will look very similar with walkways, shaded areas, park benches and a bandstand overlooking a grassy mini-meadow. 

Together with a companion gathering spot at Main and 9th Street, the plazas 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. He and renowned landscape architect Ellen Goetz have been putting together the final plans for the past few months.

With the approval this week of the actual construction contract by Collier County's lawmakers, the work of clearing the long-vacant lot at the corner of Immokalee's Main Street and First Street and construction of the plaza will begin very soon. 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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