A proposed retirement community on the northeast corner of Sandy Lane and Corkscrew Road in the village of Estero is moving forward.
Estero’s village council on Wednesday conditionally approved a land use change, known as a zoning amendment, that lets the nonprofit Volunteers of America build an assisted living and continuing care facility of up to 340 beds on about 21 vacant acres.
It is the first approval Estero’s council has granted within an area targeted to become the future village center. Estero is attempting to create a walkable, compact and multiuse core from just north of the Estero River to Coconut Road.
Volunteers of America, which owns and operates senior living and care facilities in Florida and six other states, has promised Estero a campus that would be open to the public and that would buffer itself from the Estates at Estero River gated community to the north.
The right landscaping can do wonders, said Councilor Katy Errington.
“We’re setting the standard,” Errington said. “You could have a showcase in Estero.”
In the next phase, Volunteers of America will need to surmount Estero Design Review Board scrutiny before obtaining permission to break ground.