News Articles Get City News Sign Up City of Naples E-mail News. "What they're saying is you need to start counting at the FEMA high water mark, which is 20 feet high" and would make the buildings closer to 13 stories tall, he argued. FEMA requires that new buildings in flood zones be built above a certain height to account for potential flood levels, which means the building might end up being taller, said Erica Martin of the city's planning department, but its height was calculated according to the city's code. The city Planning Board unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday to redevelop the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club redevelopment project has cleared another hurdle. "I think that is something residents will be incredibly proud of.". In case you missed it:Stock Development revises controversial plans for One Naples near Vanderbilt Beach. The residential buildings will range in height from four stories to seven, with parking underneath. We're new Naples," she said. "We have met with more than 2,000 neighbors and residents through an extensive learning and listening process that has truly benefited the project and, by extension, the Naples community," said Kim Richards, CEO of The Athens Group, in a statement. Read:Stock Development revises controversial plans for One Naples near Vanderbilt Beach. Board members liked many aspects of the proposed project, but they raised some concerns about it, including its size. The Watkins family, which has owned the hotel for decades, plans to continue operating the hotel and golf club through the 2020-21 season. After the hearing, the developers continued to meet with residents in an effort to address any ongoing concerns and answer any outstanding questions. "It's a great city," she said. He said he appreciates all the input the company has received and its "committed to creating a project that the community will be proud of for generations to come.". It will require sign-offs from other government agencies, such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District. The Athens Group is requesting several deviations from code for the hotel, including one that would allow a landmark cupola to be built on top of it, increasing the project's height. The initial development plans included building up to 195 residential condos in eight buildings that would come with hotel services from ironing to room service. On Monday the Watkins family, third-generation owners and operators of the landmark property, announced a strategic relationship with The Athens Group, based in Phoenix, to redevelop it and “enhance its legacy.” During the hearing, duPont objected to many of the requested deviations, including the road-side monuments that she said weren't necessary and could set a bad precedent in the city. For more information, please click here for the Naples Beach Hotel Project website.. Click here for frequently asked questions as provided by the developer .. Click here to review the construction Management Plans.. Additional information will be added to this website as it becomes available. The Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel & GC Plans Redevelopment By Brandi Shaffer | March 7, 2018 The Watkins family, which has owned the property since the 1940s, has entered into a strategic partnership with The Athens Group to redevelop the property but maintain the hotel, beach bar, and golf course. © 2021 www.naplesnews.com. The flag — or brand — has yet to be chosen for the new Naples Beach Resort. "The residents are tired of the variances leading to the canyon effect, i.e. The Athens Group releases redevelopment plans for The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club November 15, 2018 The Athens Group, the luxury resort and hotel development company selected by the Watkins family to redevelop The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, has released its initial plans and rendering for the redevelopment of the property. The renovation would involve tearing down the hotel and rebuilding a smaller resort. Construction would start shortly after the closing. Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (Credit: PGA) A Phoenix-based group agreed to redevelop and acquire the family-owned Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, a 125-acre landmark in Naples. "We do not need Naples turning into Miami," said longtime Naples resident Leigh Kistler. “It seems like there are still a huge amount of issues that have not been wrestled down between the petitioner and the city,” said planning board Chairman David Feight before suggesting the vote be postponed. She said the city hasn't calculated how far off the ground the new construction would have to be to meet FEMA regulations at the hotel site, but measurements on the house south of the hotel came to 17 feet, Martin said. Redevelopment The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club has some huge changes in store. Kim Richards, CEO of The Athens Group, which would develop the project, said his company determined early on the importance of keeping a hotel and a golf course on the property as key community assets. For over seven decades, the resort has been a Naples attraction for tourists from all over the world. Helpful Resources; City Maps; Naples Pier; Naples Zoo; Naples Historical Society; Chamber of Commerce; Business Tax Receipts; Email Subscriptions; Park Locations; Cycling in Naples; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Naples Beach Hotel; Column 3. The developer anticipates completing the first phase by the end of 2023, which would include the new hotel and three residential buildings, along with the addition of Market Square and improvements to the conference center. Additionally, she said, she's been impressed by The Athens Group's efforts to preserve the Watkins family traditions, while working with the city and residents to address their issues. Editorial:Beach Club redevelopment, FGCU wetlands research park top busy week ahead, More:Is Naples area becoming like Miami? Proposed Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Redevelopment Project (2) View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. Mid-rise buildings for luxury residences would be added on both sides of Gulf Shore Boulevard. Once the Athens Group gets all of their zoning entitlements, the Design Review Board will still have to approve each phase of the multi-million-dollar development. ", More:Naples City Council approves Old Naples Hotel project. The city is slated to make a final decision on the hotel, but a second hearing will be required for the revised plans related to the residences. The Athens Group's portfolio includes such well-known hotels and resorts as the Four Seasons in Hualalai, Hawaii, and The Ritz-Carltons in Bachelor Gulch/Vail Valley, Colorado, and Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. The project still has to go before the Naples … The Athens Group has agreed to limit its development on the residential side of the project to 5% on roughly 109 acres. The conditions? In an emailed statement, Michael Watkins, an owner and president of Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, said employees who stay on until the sale becomes final will be rewarded for their years of service. Plans call for the storied hotel to be torn down and rebuilt as a smaller, world-class resort — and for luxury residential towers to be added on both sides of Gulf Shore Boulevard. After a day-long hearing last month, the city's Planning Advisory Board voted 6-1 for all the changes and deviations the developers sought for the project, with two agreed upon conditions. Richards said one of the main priorities for the project is to be traffic-neutral and should reduce traffic and congestion in the neighborhood. Some residents think so, but others see limits. 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Limiting the height of the condos to seven floors and the lush landscaping that's planned to soften their view from Gulf Shore Boulevard are big pluses in Huskey's eyes, too. Naples City Council will once again take up the Naples Beach Hotel redevelopment project. But some supported the project, saying it would enhance the community. The existing 319-room hotel will be torn down and replaced with a new 220-room luxury hotel. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club consults with an assistive technology vendor to periodically conduct testing of our website portal using assistive technologies in order to ensure full compliance to WCAG 2.0/2.1 Level AA. One of her main concerns is how the project might impact traffic, with the addition of the residential condos. "They're saying their seven-story building is 98.75 feet tall. Fax: 239-213-1033 "We expect the plan to benefit 300-plus employees.”, Read:As season gains steam, employers face problems finding, retaining workers in Southwest Florida. Another resident used takeout food containers to demonstrate how tall the new buildings would be in comparison to its neighbors, such as the Surfside Club. After that, ownership would transition to The Athens Group, which would redevelop the property in phases. Those votes are expected to come after a second hearing Dec. 4. © 2021 www.naplesnews.com. Naples City Council will once again take up the Naples Beach Hotel redevelopment project. November:Naples Beach Hotel proposed redevelopment clears city's first hurdle. She's grateful, she said, that the golf course will not be developed. The decisions on a revised development plan and a site plan with deviations for the residential side of the project won't be made until next month. The City of Naples Planning Board unanimously approved a major redevelopment project for the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Naples Beach Hotel proposed redevelopment clears city's first hurdle, Naples City Council approves Old Naples Hotel project, Beach Club redevelopment, FGCU wetlands research park top busy week ahead, Is Naples area becoming like Miami? One of most significant aspects of the project is that the developer has agreed to forever protect the golf course, preserving the green space and recreational opportunity for visitors and residents alike in perpetuity, Huskey said. "The 98 feet they've called out as their maximum height for those buildings is measured from FEMA. Not everyone is so sure about the end result of the redevelopment project. "We're not really Old Naples anymore. In a recent vision survey, city residents expressed that they'd had enough of site plan deviations and that they want to preserve the ‘Old Florida’ quality of the city, while encouraging appropriate development. With an unwavering commitment to honoring the Watkins legacy and embracing Naples’ cultural heritage, The Athens Group is embarking on a redevelopment plan that continues the property’s hospitality tradition and improves the resort’s golf course and beach bar, while thoughtfully planning the future of this special place for generations to come. The storied Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will get a new look — and new owners. The remaining residential condos would be built in future phases based on market demand. The proposed hotel would have 220 rooms — almost 100 fewer than the what's on the property now. That's consistent with our code.". Those changes include agreeing to put a construction access road through the golf course to minimize the impact on nearby residents during the multiple stages of development, adding landscaping to improve the project's look from the street, increasing the setbacks between and in front of the buildings, and creating more beach parking for the public near the hotel on Eighth Avenue North. Tempelman said she's not opposed to change, but she'd like to see a redevelopment plan that's less dense, which she feels would fit better with the character of Naples. Naples Daily News business reporter Laura Layden contributed to this report. Yet, traffic impacts continue to be a major concern for some residents. The Athens Group has held more than 70 meetings with neighbors and community groups to answer questions and get feedback about what promises to be one of the biggest redevelopment projects Naples has ever seen. The planning board unanimously voted Wednesday to review the proposal again at its March 13 meeting. We plan many updates! The Athens Group has made a handful of changes to their development plans to address neighborhood and community concerns. “It is a very thoughtful and mindful development that pays homage to the history of the Beach Hotel," Glover said, "and it's rare in this day and age to see a developer that cares that much about being integrated into the community.”. On Wednesday, plans to redevelop the Naples Beach Hotel goes in front of Planning Advisory Board to determine if the plan should move along. At Wednesday's meeting, City Council will see and consider the plans for the new hotel for the first time — and council is expected to make a final decision on them. Zillow has 24 homes for sale in Redevelopment Area Naples matching Naples Beach. Email. "So the bottom of the first finished floor ... would likely start around 18 or 19 feet," Martin said. After a day-long hearing at city hall, the Naples Planning Advisory Board voted for changes to the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club redevelopment project. Let's just say I'm 98.75 feet tall. Am I still 98.75 feet tall?" There have been mixed reactions to the redevelopment plans in the community, from total support to angst about how they could further chip away at the city's small town charm. There is no other place I want to be.". The Naples Planning Advisory Board (PAB) is meeting this Friday, October 11th to review Phase II of the Naples Beach Hotel redevelopment project. Plans call for the storied hotel to be torn down and rebuilt as a smaller, world-class resort — and for luxury residential towers to be added on both sides of Gulf Shore Boulevard. On Wednesday, council will hear the finer details of the project, as they consider a revised development plan and two site plans with deviations — or exceptions — from city codes. Members; Members; Join; Contact; Chat ; Home. "It is going to be the finest property in all of Naples, the finest product in all of Naples," he said. Fifth Avenue and hopefully not Gulf Shore. The Information on this page is provided to the residents of Naples for informational purposes. Jeff Oris Interim CRA Manager 735 8th St S Naples, FL 34102. If all goes as planned, the sale of the property is expected to be finalized in May 2021. In case you missed it:Partnership announced to redevelop Naples Beach Hotel, And:Plans unveiled to tear down Naples Beach Hotel, redevelop resort, add condo towers. The Naples Community Redevelopment Agency recently held public outreach meetings for the River Park (East and West) neighborhoods, the Lake Park neighborhood in the Redevelopment Area south of 7 th Avenue North, and in the 41/10 commercial district. Welcome to the Gulf Shore Property Owner's Association GSPOA website. At the Planning Advisory Board meeting, two area residents criticized the project, while 10 spoke in favor of it. "Traffic is a major concern," she said. The redevelopment plans include building as many as 195 condos in eight buildings, ranging in height from four stories to seven, with parking underneath, according to the way the city calculates building heights. Read:Planning board approves changes to Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club redevelopment plan. Naples City Council has approved plans for a new five-star resort that will take the place of the historic Naples Beach Hotel. Dirt could soon be moving on a long-eyed redevelopment site in East Naples. “We think we’ve spoken with staff and addressed many of the issues that they’ve raised,” he said, “but we acknowledge there are a multitude of issues. Michael McCabe asked as he climbed onto a chair. Plans include creating a calming, lush garden experience along Gulf Shore Boulevard, as well as making road and sidewalk changes designed to improve traffic flow in the neighborhood for drivers and pedestrians. The city planning board decided to table a vote on a proposal to tear down the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and build a smaller resort and add residential condos in its place. Richards said if all goes well, construction will begin in 2021 and the new facilities could open by Thanksgiving 2023. The second phase of this project consists of over a dozen site plan deviations and conditional use exceptions. That number has since been reduced to 185. The meetings were held in the auditorium at the River Park Community Center located at 301 11 th Street North. The 18-hole golf course would not be touched, other than for upgrades. According to the redevelopment proposal, the hotel's meeting space would be cut in half but updated. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club consults with an assistive technology vendor to periodically conduct testing of our website portal using assistive technologies in order to ensure full compliance to WCAG 2.0/2.1 Level AA. John Passidomo, the Naples attorney representing the developers, agreed to a future hearing. For the hotel, council will hear about everything from its design to its parking plan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Plans call for the storied hotel to be torn down and rebuilt as a smaller, world-class resort. The project received preliminary design approval from the city's Design Review Board last November. Mosquito Control Report Mosquito … The redevelopment plans also include building as … Phone: (954) 290-4152. Naples resident Norine Tempelman said the city has already lost some of its charm because of so much redevelopment — and she's concerned this project might further chip away at that charm. One passionate resident jumped onto a chair to make a point about how the developer is misconstruing the height of the proposed mid-rise buildings. "The plan is designed to help employees financially while they transition to a new career," he said. 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