The Ronto Group’s vision for Naples Square has been to create a place that offers a walkable, bikeable lifestyle that puts downtown Naples at the community’s doorstep. As the residents of Naples Square’s completed Phase I and Phase II buildings have discovered, Ronto’s vision is now a reality that continues to evolve. By night, the bike racks in the secure parking garages at the Phase I and Phase II buildings are full, ready to fulfill the next day’s adventures. Residents enjoy the evening breezes as they stroll past the lighted fountains and finely manicured streetscape on a redesigned segment of 3rd Avenue South, making their way to the shopping and gallery venues, eateries, and late-night gathering places a short walk away on 5th Avenue South, at Bayfront, or at Tin City. The entire downtown district is enjoying a level of connectivity that offers new possibilities for those who are intent on enjoying every facet of historic Naples from Bayfront west to the beach.
Naples Square’s site plan by Matthew Kragh, AIA, owner of MHK Architecture & Planning, ties Naples Square into the fabric of the Old Naples street grid system and into current and future plans of the Naples Pathway Committee and the City of Naples. Pavered streetscapes and sidewalks, including the fountains at each of Naples Square’s signature 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.
Naples Square has also enhanced downtown’s visual appeal. The landscape design along the redesigned segment of 3rd Avenue South was created by Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design, Inc. Andrea’s design has brought a park-like ambiance to Naples Square while merging the pavered roadways, entry water features, and the fountain roundabouts with Washingtonia and Medjool Date palm trees and various plantings. Oak trees will ultimately create a canopy to provide shade. Plantings that will perform well in Naples’ warm climate are incorporated in the design, and include Clusia, Variegated Dwarf Schefflera, and Bougainvillea. Asian Jasmine, a carpet-like ground cover, is used in the pedestrian areas. Naples Square’s intersections, crossings, and building entries are identified by tall palms. Building corners adjacent to the roundabouts are softened by scattered height Washingtonia palms.
The visual impact and shade created by Andrea’s design conveys a park-like feeling. The streetscapes are lined with soaring palms interspersed with colorful flower beds, strips of green, and landscaped areas that separate the sidewalks and buildings. The fountains at the roundabouts provide a soothing level of white noise and also have a cooling effect. The design evokes feelings of comfortable familiarity and a sense of place rarely found when walking through downtown building corridors. Andrea also 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. A dedicated public access linear park easement will stretch along Naples Square’s eastern edge and front Goodlette-Frank Road. The linear park will contribute to the community’s grand sense of entry and reinforce the community’s lifestyle that is focused on walkability in the heart of downtown Naples.
Naples Square’s residents, pedestrians, and bicyclists who take advantage of the connectivity 3rd Avenue South affords will also enjoy the Shoppes at Naples Square, a combination of retail and restaurant space to be developed by Ronto on the eastern edge of the Naples Square site. Gulfshore Playhouse closed on its purchase of a three-acre tract within Naples Square and is developing plans for the construction of a multimillion-dollar 56,000 square feet theater and education complex. The residences in the Phase III building now under construction will overlook the complex.
Kragh’s mix of Bermuda, British West Indies, and Coastal Contemporary architectural styles has brought a timeless flavor to Naples Square. The visually appealing design maintains the integrity of the residential units’ view corridors. Naples Square’s u-shaped buildings will be situated with their open ends facing one another. The juxtaposition of the buildings allowed Kragh to create amenity deck courtyards over each building’s parking level and to design residences with long-range views of the amenity courtyards, fountain features, and landscaped streetscapes designed by Andrea. His amenity deck landscape design incorporates green spaces, Asian Jasmine ground cover, raised-planters with date palms, and arbors with vine plantings to create a garden-like effect.
Ronto is accepting purchase agreements for Phase III residences. Eight Phase III one and two-story floor plans from 1,460 to 3,238 square feet under air are base-priced from $695,000 to $1,550,000. The two and three-bedroom plus den plans feature 10’ ceilings, open-air terraces, and designer kitchens with an enhanced appliance package. The Phase III Dorset and Emerson plans have sold out, and just nine of the 19 Dover floor plan residences remain available. Phase III residents will enjoy a re-designed courtyard amenity deck with an enlarged pool deck and a 780-square foot pool that is 29% larger than the Phase I and Phase II pools. 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. Other amenities include a fitness center, secure under-building parking, private storage, and bicycle storage within the garage.
The Naples Square Sales Gallery located in unit 101 of the Phase I building at 1030 3rd Avenue South is open daily. Visit NaplesSquare.com.