In the Know: What's going in at Davis and Santa Barbara boulevards?

TIM ATEN
The East Naples property on the south side of Davis Boulevard along Santa Barbara Boulevard was recently cleared of non-native trees and plants, but plans for its future development remain uncertain. Photo by Tim Aten

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The East Naples property on the south side of Davis Boulevard along Santa Barbara Boulevard was recently cleared of non-native trees and plants, but plans for its future development remain uncertain. Photo by Tim Aten

Q: Love your column as it keeps us up to date on the latest. What is happening on Santa Barbara between Rattlesnake Hammock and Davis Boulevard? There is land being cleared on the east side of the road and, of course, we are hoping it might be a Target. We desperately need a Target in this area. Now that Fresh Market is coming here, maybe some other good things will follow, such as restaurants?

— Marie Block, Lely Resort

Q: Could you tell me what is going on on the east side of Santa Barbara Boulevard between Davis and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. It's a big shopping center or housing development.

— Roger Gould, East Naples

Q: The land is cleared south of Davis Boulevard on Santa Barbara. What is going in there?

— B. Morse, Naples

A: That East Naples property on the south side of Davis Boulevard between Santa Barbara Boulevard and the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County was recently cleared of nonnative trees and plants, but plans for its future development remain uncertain.

A vegetation removal permit was granted last September, county records show, and that is all that has been done so far, said Harrison Hubschman, the spokesman for Highland Properties of Lee and Collier Counties, the partnership that owns the land at 7450 Davis Blvd.

"It's been growing for quite a few years and getting out of hand, so we are just clearing exotics," Hubschman said.

The nearly 85 acres that run along Santa Barbara and wrap around the Boys & Girls Club property and Firano housing development are zoned for multifamily, single-family and commercial assisted living use. Hubschman said he has had increased interest in the land since Santa Barbara was extended south, a project that shaved 3 acres from his property for right-of-way use along the new section of road.

Before recent renovations, this is how the vacant two-story building looked at 4110 Golden Gate Parkway near Collier Boulevard in Golden Gate.

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Before recent renovations, this is how the vacant two-story building looked at 4110 Golden Gate Parkway near Collier Boulevard in Golden Gate.

Golden Gate property

Q: What's going in beside the Quality Inn/Golden Gate Country Club in Golden Gate city? I think JD Jags was there years ago. I have seen crews for about four to five weeks working. Thanks.

— Justin, Golden Gate

A: That vacant two-story building is being readied for prospective tenants after its owners recently decided not to open the planned Collier Banquet Center, which had been "coming soon" there for a couple of years.

"We were running into brick wall after brick wall. We had to put our brakes on that project," said Ken Egan, project manager for Lemac LLC, which owns the building at 4110 Golden Gate Parkway near Collier Boulevard.

Lemac is remodeling the building and giving its exterior a more modern look, Egan said. The company plans to lease it to a franchise or another business venture.

"It's wide open the way the building is," Egan said. "It could be medical offices. It could be a Golden Corral steakhouse. We're leaving it open."

The more than 18,000-square-foot retail building was built in 1966. It previously was the location for JD Jags Ribhouse & Grill, JD Jags Sports Bar and Gameroom, and Congas Night Club.

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