Naples Square going to contract ahead of schedule

With over 55 reservations received, its condominium documents approved, and final construction plans submitted for fast-track permitting, The Ronto Group announced it is now securing contracts for residences at Naples Square ahead of its originally anticipated schedule. Ronto is developing the Naples Square community at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples. Naples Square will bring a sense of cohesion to downtown by connecting 5th Avenue to Bayfront with access on 10th Street via Third Avenue South. The community’s walkable lifestyle will put the downtown district’s combination of expansive beaches, eclectic shopping, eateries, and entertainment venues at its residents’ doorstep. Naples Square’s seven beautifully finished floor plans range from over 1,200 to just under 3,000 square feet and are priced from the $500s. The community’s location, pricing, and floor plans have generated a sense of urgency with homebuyers. Ronto now anticipates breaking ground on Phase I’s 73 residences this summer with completion anticipated in third quarter 2015.

More than 55 reservations at Naples Square have been received since the community’s Sales Gallery at 100 Goodlette-Frank Road S. opened Jan. 10. Ronto’s initial application for approval of the condominium documents of Naples Square I, a Condominium was submitted to the Division of Florida Condominiums on January 17 after being completed by Lisa Van Dien of the Cheffy Passidomo Law Firm. Approval of the documents was received Feb. 20.

In mid-March, Ronto and general contractor BCBE Construction announced they had submitted construction plans and other documents to the Building Department of the City of Naples for the building permit for Naples Square I. 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. Elite Consulting’s involvement is expected to reduce the time required for final permitting approval by 45-60 days.

An eclectic mixture of Bermuda, British West Indies, and Coastal Contemporary architectural styles conceived by Matthew Kragh, AIA, owner of MHK Architecture & Planning, will bring a timeless flavor to Naples Square. Kragh and MHK Architectural Project Manager Erik Young have created a design that controls and maintains the integrity of the residential units’ view corridors. The majority of the Naples Square residences will have views of the community’s internal amenity courtyards, fountain features, and lushly landscaped streetscapes. Naples Square’s u-shaped residential buildings will be situated with their open ends facing one another. The juxtaposition of the buildings allowed Kragh to create expansive amenity courtyards over each building’s parking level and to design residences with long-range, landscaped internal courtyard views. Views from the majority of the outwardly facing residences take advantage of Naples Square’s signature fountains and roundabouts. Focusing the majority of the view corridors on the courtyard, fountains and internal streetscapes contributes to Naples Square’s sense of place and establishes a tranquil feeling that belies the community’s location literally less than a five-minute walk from downtown’s most popular dining, entertainment and shopping district.

Kragh has designed seven one and two-story, two and three bedroom plus den Naples Square floor plans to satisfy current market demand for flowing, livable downtown spaces at an attractive price point. 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 plans include open-concept living areas and open-air terraces, and range from a two bedroom, two bath residence that offers an ideal downtown Naples pied-à-terre to a spectacular two-story plan. The Philadelphia Society Hill walk-up style two-story plan offers 2,934 square feet of living space. The first floor, east or west facing two-story residences are just a stone’s throw from 5th Avenue South and include a private, one-car garage directly accessible from the residence.

The Naples Square floor plans come with finishes specified by Naples-based Renee Gaddis Interiors. Standard details include porcelain tile flooring in the living areas, 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 countertop 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.

Naples Square’s future residents will be invited to finalize their finish selections through the community’s Finishing Touches Program. The Finishing Touches Program will be facilitated by BCBE Construction in a building located immediately west of the Naples Square Sales Gallery. The facility, called the Finishing Touches Gallery, was recently refreshed with new paint and carpeting consistent with Naples Square’s clean-lined look. Future homeowners will be invited to meet with Naples Square’s Finishing Touches Program Coordinator to select finishes for their new home’s flooring, cabinetry, countertops, 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.

Whether walking or riding a bike through Naples Square’s downtown environment, the visual impact and shade of the landscape design created by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, Inc. will create a parklike feeling. The streetscapes will be lined with numerous soaring palms interspersed with colorful flower beds, strips of green, and heavily landscaped areas that separate the sidewalks and buildings. In addition to their visual appeal, the fountains at each of the community’s roundabouts will provide a soothing level of white noise and also have a cooling effect. Taken in sum, the design will evoke feelings of comfortable familiarity and a sense of place that is rarely found when walking through typical downtown building corridors. Andrea has incorporated lighting into the design that will contribute to the community’s dramatic after-dark tableau.

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