A Bold New Future
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s future is taking shape in the historic neighborhood of downtown Fort Myers with the renovation of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot and the creation of a Regional Collaboratory & Tech Hub where ideas for social, economic and sustainable change will be born and fostered. Work on the site began February 2017, exactly 93 years after the original presentation of the train station to the city.
“The Collaboratory is a game-changer,” said Sarah Owen, foundation president & CEO. “What will be happening inside that building will lead to ideas, people and funding coming together to make social and economic change for our region.”
The renovated train station and a 15,000-square- foot addition designed and built to earn LEED Gold certification will be home to the foundation’s new regional offices and the Collaboratory, offering meeting and tenant spaces, social gathering and special events venues, and shared working and collaborations space all powered by state-of-the-art Florida Lambda-Rail broadband internet.