In the Know: What is being done at corner of Livingston and Vanderbilt Beach roads?

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A senior independent living community is planned for the 9-acre property on the northeast corner of Livingston and Vanderbilt Beach roads in North Naples.

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A senior independent living community is planned for the 9-acre property on the northeast corner of Livingston and Vanderbilt Beach roads in North Naples.

Q: A wide swath of trees has been bulldozed near the northeast corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Livingston. What’s up?

— Donna Kelch, North Naples

Q: I am wondering if you know what is happening with the undeveloped property on the north side of Vanderbilt Beach Road, just east of its intersection with Livingston Road. They just completed a clearing of trees and created a dirt path that could be a future road or maybe some development or other? Would you know what is being done with that property? Thank you in advance!

— Ed Elsner, North Naples

A: A path of trees recently was cleared on that 9-acre forested corner to allow for environmental and soil testing of the property for a future senior independent living community.

“We have to make sure the ground condition is appropriate for us to build there,” said Josh Thornton, assistant vice president of real estate and finance at Resort Lifestyle Communities, a national developer of senior independent living communities.

Expect the Lincoln, Neb.-based company to break ground later this year on a 130-unit complex for residents age 55 and over on that northeast corner of Livingston and Vanderbilt Beach roads.

“Our project should be getting under way in late 2013,” Thornton said. “We hope to have it open in late 2014 or early 2015.”

First, the mixed-use planned unit development — named Bradford Square MPUD — must be amended to permit senior housing use and approved by county officials. During a pre-application, the developer indicated it is going to amend the MPUD, now zoned for multifamily, commercial and residential uses, said Connie Deane, a Collier County government spokeswoman.

“They haven’t submitted their application yet,” Deane said.

The new community is planned to have studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units on all floors of a three-story, 180,000-square-foot residential development. The handicap-accessible apartments include quality finishes such as granite countertops and wood cabinetry, Thornton said.

“Each one of our buildings consists of a core and two wings extending from this central area,” he said.

The first-floor hub of the all-inclusive complex will feature a mini-mall area with casual and formal dining areas, a pharmacy and gift shop, a bank, a library, a salon and barber shop, a fitness center with spa, a billiards room, game rooms, and hallway conversation areas.

A 150-seat movie theater with sofa seating also can be used for concerts, dramas, political debates, church services, TV shows, programs by local schools and other uses. The dining area will offer fresh, scratch-prepared meals, hot and cold food stations, as well as a 24-hour grab-and-go, self-serve station.

“It’s designed to be a cruise ship on land experience, if you will,” Thornton said.

Resort Lifestyle Communities has nine similar centers in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, with others in various stages of planning or construction. A community in Augusta, Ga., is set to start in May, another in Columbus, Ohio, is under way, and RLC plans to start communities in Raleigh, N.C., and San Antonio later this year, Thornton said.

The company has its own construction arm, Cameron General Contractors.

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