The Ronto Group, Suffolk Construction, and BCBE Construction announced they have submitted construction plans to the Building Department of the City of Naples for the building permit for Naples Square Phase III. Phase III construction is expected to start in third quarter of this year and will include 77 residences. Phase III residents will enjoy a re-designed courtyard amenity deck with a significantly enlarged pool deck and a 780 square foot pool that is 29% larger than the pools included in the Phase I and Phase II buildings. Two gas grills with sinks and two different seating areas with firepits will enhance the outdoor cooking and socializing experience. A club room and a terrace will open to the pool area and include a bar, large screen television, a billiards room, and a furnished fire pit area on the courtyard level. Other amenities include a fitness center, secure under-building parking, private storage, and bicycle storage within the garage.
Eight Phase III floor plans range from 1,460 to 3,238 square feet under air. Base-priced from $695,000 to $1,550,000, the one and two story, two and three bedroom plus den plans offer the light-filled, open concept living areas and open-air balconies that continue to drive sales at the community being developed by Ronto at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples. Naples Square’s location, amenities, spacious floor plans, luxurious finishes, and a price point that is unmatched anywhere else in the downtown district provide an exceptional value for those desiring a maintenance-free, walkable way of living. Just nine Phase II residences remain available for purchase and residents are expected to begin moving into the Phase II building next month.
At the recommendation of the City of Naples and project architect MHK Architecture and Planning, Ronto engaged the services of a private provider to review the Phase III plans and perform inspections during construction. The involvement of the private provider will lessen the burden on City staff and ensure a smoother and faster permitting and inspection process. Ronto engaged the services of Elite Consulting of Southwest Florida, a provider approved by the City of Naples.
Ronto, Suffolk, BCBE, and Elite Consulting reviewed the Naples Square III plans in detail prior to submittal to identify any additional information that might be useful and beneficial during the City’s review. Elite Consulting provided formal plan review services that are normally performed by City staff, thereby removing a significant portion of the plan review burden. Additional services provided by Elite include the coordination of information required by the various agencies involved in the permit application approval process, including the fire department, health department, zoning department and planning department. Once construction commences, Elite will perform electrical, mechanical, and plumbing building inspections that would normally be performed by the City’s building inspectors.
The pavered streetscapes and sidewalks within Naples Square, including fountains at each of the community’s roundabouts, have transformed existing city streets to create a cohesiveness that has united every element of downtown by connecting 5th Avenue South to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via 3rd Avenue South. Vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic can now flow from 10th Street to Bayfront on a redesigned segment of 3rd Avenue South between 10th and Goodlette-Frank Road within Naples Square. Naples Square’s residents, visitors, and residents elsewhere in Old Naples now enjoy more immediate access to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues throughout the entire downtown district.
Naples Square’s landscaped streetscapes, amenity courtyards, and fountain features along the redesigned segment of 3rd Avenue South were designed by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, Inc. The design has enhanced the look and feel of downtown and evokes a sense of place. Andrea’s design merges pavered roadways, entry water features, and fountain roundabouts with Washingtonia and Medjool Date palm trees and a mix of plantings. Oak trees will create a canopy to provide shade and soften the building mass. Plantings that perform well in Naples’ heat and humidity are incorporated in the design, including Clusia, Variegated Dwarf Schefflera, and Bougainvillea. Asian Jasmine, a carpet-like ground cover, is used in the pedestrian areas.
The visual impact and shade created by Andrea’s design conveys a park-like feeling. The streetscapes are lined with numerous palms interspersed with colorful flower beds, strips of green, and heavily landscaped areas that separate the sidewalks and buildings. The fountains at each of the roundabouts provide a soothing level of white noise and have a cooling effect. Naples Square’s key intersections, crossings, and building entry features are identified by tall palms. Building corners adjacent to the roundabouts are softened by tall, scattered height Washingtonia palms. Taken in sum, the design evokes feelings of comfortable familiarity and a sense of place that is rarely found when walking through typical downtown building corridors. To enhance the sense of connection even further, Andrea has incorporated lighting into the design that contributes to the community’s dramatic after-dark tableau.
Naples Square’s landscape design will play a major role in furthering efforts to transform Goodlette-Frank Road into a corridor lined with greenways and pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. A dedicated public access linear park easement will stretch along the entire eastern edge of the Naples Square site and contribute to the community’s grand sense of entry and reinforce a lifestyle that is focused on the freedom to enjoy walking and bicycling in the heart of downtown Naples.
The Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 South Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples is open daily. Visit NaplesSquare.com.