The Ronto Group and BCBE Construction announced they have submitted construction plans and other documents to the Building Department of the city of Naples for the building permit for Naples Square I. Naples Square is an enclave of residences ranging from over 1,200 to just under 3,000 square feet being developed by Ronto on the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road within a short walk of downtown Naples’ renowned attractions.
Naples Square’s walkable lifestyle will bring a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting Fifth Avenue South to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via Third Avenue South. The Naples Square residences are priced starting in the $500s.
More than 45 reservations have been received since the Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 S. Goodlette-Frank Road in mid-January. A surge in reservation activity that included 20 new depositors in three weeks followed Ronto’s announcement that the condominium documents of Naples Square I, a Condominium, have been approved by the Division of Florida Condominiums.
Approval of the documents was received Feb. 20. With the approval of the condominium documents, Ronto anticipates converting Naples Square reservations to contracts later this season. Construction is planned for 2014 and includes completion of 73 residences.
At the recommendation of the city of Naples and the project architect, Ronto engaged the services of a private provider to review the plans and perform inspections during construction. The involvement of the private provider is designed to lessen the burden on city staff and to 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, BCBE and Elite Consulting reviewed the Naples Square I plans in detail before 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 on Ronto’s behalf 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.
Naples Square offers seven, one- and two-story, two- and three- bedroom plus den floor plans with open-concept living areas and open-air terraces. Designed by MHK Architecture and Planning of Naples, the light-filled floor plans feature 10-foot ceilings, designer kitchens, chic master bedrooms and designer flooring throughout. Controlled access covered parking is also included.
The Naples Square floor plans include finishes specified by Naples-based Renee Gaddis Interiors. Standard details include porcelain tile flooring in the living areas, kitchens and baths, 8-foot solid core interior doors, 8-foot exterior and sliding glass doors, contemporary, lever-style door hardware, 8-inch clean-lined baseboards, 7-inch crown molding per plan, ventilated wood shelving in the bedroom, linen and pantry closets, and separate laundry rooms with a Whirlpool Duet front load washer and dryer and a utility sink in most plans.
The floor plans’ open kitchen designs include KitchenAid Architect Series II stainless steel appliances, European frameless construction, full-overlay cabinetry with a variety of door profiles, finish selections and hardware, a stainless steel, under-mount sink with a pull out spray faucet, and multiple granite and quartz counter top options that are three centimeters thick. The master bath features marble-topped vanities with dual sinks, large showers with bench seats and glass enclosures, soaking tubs with most floor plans, and a separate water closet room. J-boxes are included in most rooms for the future installation of decorative lighting or ceiling fans.
Ronto has created a Finishing Touches Program to assist homeowners with finish selections at Naples Square. The program will be facilitated by the project’s general contractor, BCBE Construction, in a building located immediately west of the Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 S. Goodlette-Frank Road. The facility, called the Finishing Touches Gallery, will present samples of available standard and upgraded finishes.
Soon after construction begins, homeowners will be invited to meet with Naples Square’s Finishing Touches Program Coordinator at the Gallery to select finishes for their new home’s flooring, cabinetry, counter tops, door hardware, plumbing fixtures and paint colors. At the same time, they will have an opportunity to customize their home’s lighting fixtures and to add any nonstructural elements they desire. The homeowner’s interior designer is welcomed to join in the process.
Naples Square offers an assortment of amenities to enhance its downtown living experience in a controlled access environment. Residents will enjoy a professionally designed fitness center with strength and cardio equipment, a courtyard amenity deck featuring a resort-style heated swimming pool and spa, sun deck, pavilion bar with gas grills, and a gas fire table with seating, as well as state-of-the art technology, convenient private storage, bicycle storage within the garage, and secure under building parking.
The pool baths will be finished with a contemporary glossy white ceramic subway tile set vertically. As planned, a unique feature club room will include a large counter-height bar table with recycled glass accents and a bar wall with a Mother of Pearl wall covering. The club room bathrooms will feature tongue-and-groove wood architectural details mixed with the wood-look tile on the walls, as well as large basin sinks with linear drains that are incorporated in a counter top fashioned from a man-made material with a concrete look.
The club room and a terrace will open to the pool area and include a bar, large screen television, and a billiards room. Naples Square will be staffed by a professional management team that includes full-time maintenance and housekeeping personnel.
Gaddis has designed the community’s common areas to include a neutral color palette of grays, beiges, browns, and slight aqua accents. As planned, clean-lined architectural details and materials will provide a coastal feeling with a modern twist. Twisted brown and silver juniper branches will create visual interest and bring texture to the neutral color palette.
The first-floor elevator lobbies are slated to include terrazzo floors. Tile flooring with a wood look will be featured in the upper floor elevator lobbies to create a less commercial and more residential ambiance. Custom panels of asymmetrical blocks will serve as interesting accents on some of the elevator lobby walls.
Naples Square is the latest development from The Ronto Group. During its 40-year history, the firm has developed numerous award-winning communities in Southwest Florida. Reservations for residences at Naples Square are now being accepted. The Naples Square Sales Gallery at 100 S. Goodlette-Frank Road. For information, visit naplessquare.com. Connect with the Naples Square on Facebook and LinkedIn. Brokers and Realtors are encouraged to download free information athttp://agentshield.com/default2.aspx.