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Q: Land has been cleared behind Suncoast Credit Union on Pine Ridge Road next to the vacated Harley-Davidson building. Do you know what is going to be built there?

— Ann Walters, North Naples

A: Ground was broken March 8 for Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay hotel targeted to open next year off Pine Ridge Road in North Naples.

The three-story hotel will have 99 suites on that 2.86-acre property at 3685 Kramer Drive, between the former Harley-Davidson store and ExtraSpace Storage. The hotel, projected to open in fall 2020 at the end of Whippoorwill Lane, is being developed by Indiana-based Good Hospitality Services and being built by Naples-based Phoenix Associates of Florida.

The North Naples location will be the first Home2 Suites in Southwest Florida. The nearest locations are in Fort Lauderdale, Florida City and Sarasota.

Underground utilities work for plumbing and electrical lines is underway now on the recently cleared acreage.

“We hope to be pouring the floor in a couple of weeks,” said Jeff Good, president of Good Hospitality Services, a hotel management and development company.

The new hotel will include an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, a fitness room and an outdoor seating area beneath a pergola, architectural plans show. The pet-friendly hotel chain features in-suite kitchens, and hotel rates include a complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Good Hospitality Services, which has built more than 60 hotels representing a variety of brands in the last two decades, has been wanting to launch a hotel in Naples for about five years, especially on that section of Pine Ridge near an Interstate 75 interchange, said Good, who has owned a condominium in Mercato for five years. A resident of Valparaiso, Indiana, Good is the chairman of the Porter County Commission there in the northwest part of the state.

“We are really excited. We think that area out there is in need of a hotel. The average length of stay has always been very robust in that market,” Good said. “We are ecstatic and excited to be part of the community. We just like the area. It’s a very nice area. I think we will fit in nicely.”

The North Naples hotel is the third Home2 Suites developed by Good Hospitality Services. The company also has built this Hilton brand in downtown Indianapolis and at the Nashville airport, Good said.

Good has another Home2 Suites hotel in pre-development on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers next to a Hampton Inn & Suites the company also developed. Phoenix Associates also is the contractor to build that hotel.

“We’re about a month and a half away from breaking ground,” Good said.

Over the hill

Q:  What is going on with the hills of concrete and dirt on the southwest corner of Industrial and Mercantile in Naples? It looks like the heavy equipment is removing this dangerous eyesore in the industrial park. What are the plans for the property?

— Ed T., East Naples 

A: That pile of debris in the East Naples industrial park may not be quite as towering, but it’s not going to disappear anytime soon.

That landmark at Industrial Boulevard and Mercantile Avenue is part of the Cadenhead Brothers recycling, demolition and excavation business that has operated there for a half-century.

“I have an operational license for recycling there. The concrete will be recycled and shipped out,” said owner Bobby Cadenhead Sr. “We started off there in 1969. We do a lot of demolition.”

Cadenhead, 73, said the old concrete from demolition jobs will be reprocessed, refined and screened to standard specifications and end up as the foundation and fill for new developments around town.

“It’s not really an eyesore. It was there at the beginning and it is what it is. It’s a recycling operation,” he said.

All agree, though, that the mountain slope has gotten a little out of hand and is potentially dangerous, so Cadenhead will reduce it enough to satisfy a Collier County engineer.

“We’ve had complaints over the years over it. He knows it has gotten out of hand. Hopefully, it will look a lot better in the near future,” said Jeff Letourneau, investigative supervisor for Collier County Code Enforcement.

Cadenhead’s father had Naples’ first contractor’s license, issued in 1943, Cadenhead said. The family’s construction business didn’t locate to the industrial park between Airport-Pulling and Livingston roads — the industrial park grew around them, he said.

“That was there before anything was built in the industrial park,” he said. “I built the industrial park. There was nothing there before I started in there.”

Nevertheless, his corner has had at least 20 code enforcement entries or inspections since 2007 for piles of debris, fence disrepair or excessive vegetation growth. However, county officials recognize that Cadenhead is operating a legitimate business there.

“He’s grandfathered in on that property. He has several business tax receipts from way back in the early ’70s,” Letourneau. “You couldn’t start up something like that now. You’d be in code violation.”

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