Ownership of a parcel of downtown land has complicated the approval process for a new single-family homes community in Naples.
Lighthouse Point, the development planned just north of Bayfront off of Goodlette-Frank Road, was originally slated to have more than 80 homes on about 22 acres.
But the developers, Signature Communities Inc., need to first acquire a 6.7-acre parcel of land at the northern part of the site.
That tract was originally owned by the McCauley-Pulling family trust, which gifted it to the city years ago to create a public park. When plans for the park fell through, the trust took the property back on the condition that Naples could reject any future uses of the land through 2017.
Until the developers own the land and the city has ceded its rights, council members agree they should only look to approve a development on the other roughly 15.5 acres of land.
At Wednesday’s meeting, City Council voted to approve a first reading for the development plan for the southern portion of the site only.
With only the souther portion, the community will be comprised of 56 single-family homes.
The two-story homes will range in size from about 2,700 to 3,500 square feet with three to five bedrooms each. Many will sit along the Gordon River shoreline where more boat docks will be added.
Each home will have space for four vehicles to park. The development will have 22 guest parking spaces. It will be governed by a homeowners association.
If the developers want to acquire the smaller chunk of land, they can do so. That tract will have to restart the lengthy process of approval, going before each city advisory board before revisiting council to be included in the overall site.
“At this point, the northern parcel is dead,” Senior Planner Adam Benigni said.
Mayor John Sorey said it will be up to council how the smaller tract of land is handled if the developers look to acquire it.
“I think it has a lot of potential,” he said of the 6.7 acres. “We’ll see what council decides.”