FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2014) – Through Pinnacle Housing Group’s signature Art in Public Places program, public art was recently installed as part of the revitalization of two former public-housing properties in Fort Myers.
The new Landings at East Pointe (formerly Sabal Palm Apartments) and East Pointe Place (formerly Palmetto Court) are complexes owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM). They are located just north of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (SR 82) corridor and west of Interstate 75.
Each community now has its own custom designed public artwork.
Colombian-born artists Gus and Lina Ocamposilva’s “Reaching for the Sky,” a 13 x 15-foot welded aluminum sculpture, is now at home at East Pointe Place. This piece was previously on display along the East River Park Promenade in New York City. The couple’s work has gained attention internationally in Spain, Canada, Germany, Columbia and the U.S.
Miami-born Clayton Swartz’s public art can be seen around the state of Florida, including Florida Gulf Coast University. For the Landings at East Pointe, he created a free-standing aluminum structure approximately 10 feet tall featuring two hearts held by two abstract arms with abstract shapes and images called “Love Thy Neighbor.”
The designs promote a sense of connection and community for residents.
The revitalized Landings at East Pointe consists of 126 units, and the new East Pointe Place offers 86 units, both with an effective mix of floor plans and bedroom sizes. Previous units at East Pointe Place were demolished in preparation for the new buildings to be constructed.
The revitalization was made possible through a public/private partnership between Pinnacle Housing Group, LLC and Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by the HACFM.
Development participants for the Landings at East Pointe included BSSW Architects, Inc., Chris-Tel Construction as general contractor, Quattrone and Associates as civil engineer and landscape architect, and Northbay Energy as green building consultant. Development participants for the East Pointe Place include Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Brooks and Freund as general contractor, Quattrone and Associates as civil engineer and landscape architect and Northbay Energy as green building consultant.