A dozen people who live in communities along Immokalee Road turned out Wednesday for a developer's meeting to learn about how 26 acres in the Creekside commerce park may get used.
The neighborhood meeting hosted by Barron Collier Cos., the developer of the 106-acre Creekside south of Immokalee on both sides of Goodlette-Frank Road, was required because the company is asking for a zoning change to add three more potential uses. The half-hour meeting was at the Hampton Inn on Northbrook Plaza Drive
The three uses are: a hotel with a maximum of 240 rooms, senior housing like an assisted living facility or continuing care retirement community, and an intermediate care center, said Rich Yovanovich, a land use attorney representing Barron Collier.
The maximum number of beds for the senior living and intermediate care facility combined would be 400, he said.
What's undeveloped in the commerce park with business and industrial development is four acres north of Creekside Boulevard on the west side of Goodlette-Frank and 22 acres south of Immokalee on the east side of Goodlette-Frank.
"From a practical standpoint, we won't add all the approved uses," Yovanovich said, adding that the 22 acres is the primary focus.
Barron Collier also wants a height change from a limit of 50 feet in building height to a potential 75 feet for whatever gets built on the larger parcel.
A few residents asked about potential buyers and setback requirements for the buildings, which is 50 feet at a minimum for both Immokalee and Goodlette-Frank.
"Nobody is under contract to buy or develop those parcels," he said.
Dean Moore, who lives off Palm River Boulevard about three blocks from the site, said an assisted living facility would not generate much traffic.
"Most of us would like to see something architecturally pleasing," Moore, 72, said.
Before the meeting, she said she is familiar with Barron Collier projects.
"I'm sure whatever they do will be nice," she said.
Her husband, William Moore, 75, said he would like to see uniformity in the building height what what's in the area, namely NCH North Naples Hospital, the Daily News and whatever gets built.
"It would look more even," he said. "There's not much room there."
Once Barron Collier completes its application to the county's growth management department, the Collier County Planning Commission will likely review the application in November. From there, the amendment goes to the Collier County Commission, likely in January, where it would need approval by four of the five commissioners.