Could downtown Fort Myers be an arts mecca? – The News

Is he mad?

For the past nine months, Jack Luft has been plotting a transformation of downtown Fort Myers that will blow people’s minds.

Working from an aerie above United Ale House, the man-about-downtown Fort Myers has plotted a vision of the pleasing but sleepy city center as a hub for artists and art patrons humming 24-7.

If you’re on mobile, click here for the interactive.

Step number one: Take key, mostly city-owned parcels between the Edison and Caloosahatchee bridges and turn them into:

•    a 1,400-seat symphony/opera house
•    a 500-seat repertory theater
•    a 4,000-square-foot black box theater
•    a 30,000+-square-foot expansion space for the Sidney Berne Davis Art Center
•    a 30,000-square foot museum of fine arts
•    a 3,000+-seat amphitheater for open air concerts
•    a college for the performing and visual arts
•    an institute for film and digital arts
•    commercial art galleries
•    live/work

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