Lehigh Acres is one of the largest residential communities in Lee County, as well as in the entire state of Florida. Located in the County’s east central area, Lehigh Acres is a 96-square-mile, pre-platted residential community comprised of mostly quarter-acre and half-acre single-family lots. In order to help provide a better balance of land uses, the community planning efforts in Lehigh Acres are focused at enabling compatible commercial corridors and mixed-use centers while supporting continued viability of the community’s residential neighborhoods. In order to accomplish these objectives, Lehigh Acres is actively engaged in planning activities:
Lehigh Acres Community Plan and Lee Plan Goal 32 address enhancing the largely single-use, pre-platted residential areas with vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and employment centers, mixed-use nodes, and active parks and public spaces.
Lehigh Acres Land Development Code (Chapter 33, Article V) addresses community-wide development standards such as landscape design, street numbering, duplex developments, and commercial corridor transportation needs.
Lehigh Acres Mixed-Use Centers. The Lehigh Acres Town Center project explores plans for three urban, mixed-use centers within the community. The three locations are Downtown Lehigh Acres along Homestead Road south of Beth Stacey Boulevard, a community center along Homestead Road north of Milwaukee Boulevard, and a neighborhood center along Joel Boulevard by the Admiral Lehigh Golf Club. This is an active community planning project.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sharon Jenkins-Owen at SJenkins-Owen@leegov.com or 239-533-8535.
To join to Lehigh effort, please contact Rachel Busch, Strategic Projects Manager, (239) 533-6816, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HISTORIC LEHIGH ACRES
Lee Ranter settled Lehigh Acres in the 1950s after purchasing 18,460 acres of land. The area was originally called Lucky Lee's Ranch
The Lehigh Acres Fire Control District was established in May 1963 with one volunteer fire station. The station housed a single fire engine under a canvas canopy on Homestead Road.
Lehigh Community Services was started by Lehigh Corporation president Harry C. Powell Jr. to share information with people about the Lehigh Acres community and its services
In celebration of the first Lehigh Acres Spring Festival, held in 1975, patrons released hundreds of balloons signaling the start of the week-long celebration.
Pictured is an orderly room at the old Buckingham Army Airfield in Lehigh Acres. The airfield covered about 65,700 acres of land
The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District held educational programs. Firefighter John Adgate is pictured in 1987 showing a little girl how to operate a fire hose.
The Lehigh Acres Country Club Motel opened in 1958 with just 10 rooms. Guests could enjoy a dip in the pool, a cocktail at the poolside tiki-bar, or a game of shuffleboard.
All images appear courtesy of Carla Ulakovic and News-Press
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