68 single-family home permits
pulled in April across Lee County
During April, contractors pulled 68 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $19 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 90 permits issued in March and 65 issued in April 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Also during April, 151 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 91 in March and 65 in April 2013. These include a $4 million, 65-unit apartment building at 15271 Pamplona Run, southwest of McGregor Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road.
General commercial activity was valued at more than $22 million for nine permits, compared to nearly $1.5 million in March and nearly $1.2 million in April 2013. April's commercial permits include the $19 million final construction phase of renovations to the Minnesota Twins facilities at the Lee County Sports Complex on Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Construction covers improvements to the stadium itself, including ticket office, elevators, suites and conference rooms.
In addition, $151.3 million in permits for commercial additions and remodels were issued in April, including the $150 million Golisano Children's Hospital, an expansion of HealthPark Hospital.
Lee County Community Development issued 3,985 permits of all kinds during April.
Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.
To learn more about the department and its services, visit www.lee-county.com/dcd/.
Magnolia Landing expanding
D.R. Horton's Southwest Florida Division announced that in response to high demand, Magnolia Landing is growing in size and offerings. The gated golf community in North Fort Myers offers twin villas and single-family homes starting in the mid-$100s with approximately 1,342 to 2,431 square feet of living space. Magnolia Landing has opened a newly furnished model for viewing by the public. Additionally, the community has opened a new preserve and lakefront area of 33 home lots for building single-family homes and introduced a new plan called the Cedarwood.
The Brookfield model features three bedrooms, two baths, great room, kitchen, formal dining room, and study for approximately 2,260 square feet of living space with a golf course lake view. The Cedarwood is a patio home design with three bedrooms and two baths for approximately 1,585 square feet of living space and starts at $174,190. Each home has at least a two-car garage and is situated with views of the 18-hole championship golf course, lakes and pristine preserve.
Located only five miles north of the Shell Factory and Nature Park, Magnolia Landing blends country living with the conveniences of downtown Fort Myers. For more information about Magnolia Landing, visit www.drhorton.com/swfla.
Founded in 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 77 markets in 27 states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest, and West regions of the United States.
For more information, visit our website at www.drhorton.com/swfla. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability, and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate.
Neal Communities sales
hit a milestone in April
Neal Communities is celebrating its best April on record, with 88 new home sales last month in 16 communities from Lee to Manatee counties. That's up 22-percent from April 2013, which at the time was the most sales the Lakewood Ranch-based builder had ever reported in that month. Nineteen of the April sales were in Neal's Southern Division, which includes several communities in Lee and Collier counties.
Grand Palm, Neal's master-planned community in Venice, was the standout community in April, with 18 sales. Other notable communities included Central Park in Lakewood Ranch -- expected to sell out this year -- with nine sales, Fairfield in Bradenton with eight sales, and Forest Creek and River's Reach with seven sales each.
New home plans
available in Savona Bay
Emerald Homes' Southwest Florida Division has announced that new home plans are available in the gated waterfront-community of Savona Bay. The Del Rio plan offers four bedrooms, three baths, den, and three-car garage for approximately 2,664 square feet of living space, while the Bella Verona has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, den, bonus room, and three-car garage for approximately 3,375 square feet of living space.
The Del Rio and the Bella Verona are just two of five home plans available. The Avanti offers approximately 2,584 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, a den, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a three-car garage. The Montoro offers approximately 3,042 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, a loft, three bathrooms and a two-car garage. The Messina model provides approximately 3,462 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, a den, five bathrooms and a two-car garage. At approximately 3,553 square feet of living space, the Fontanella includes five bedrooms, a bonus room, five bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The Casa Rosa is the largest model, offering around 4,378 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, a bonus room, five bathrooms, and a three-car garage.
For more information about Savona Bay, call (239) 225-2660 or (239) 738-0770.
Wright Construction overseeing
renovation of Fort Myers Country Club
The city of Fort Myers announced last month that it selected Wright Construction Group to oversee the renovation of the Fort Myers Country Club and Storm Water Improvement Project, announced Wright Construction Group Executive Vice President Andy Powell. The $5.8 million project is expected to take seven months to complete.
Originally designed by famous golf course architect Donald Ross in 1917, the renovation plan is the creation of architect Steve Smyers of Lakeland in conjunction with Johnson Engineering.
It is the first major facelift the golf course has had in its nearly 100-year history.
Powell anticipates every inch of the 130-acre course will see the much-needed renovation, including fairways, putting greens and bunkers, and a new irrigation and drainage system.
Wright Construction Group was established in 1946 in Elkhart, Ind., relocated to Southwest Florida in 1981. With offices in Lee and Charlotte counties, Wright provides construction services from Sarasota and Lakeland to Marco Island. The multi-disciplined firm provides expertise in civil, environmental and all facets of construction services in the areas of multi-family living, office, commercial, medical, governmental, and educational facilities, historic restorations and general building services. Visit www.wrightg.com or call (239) 481-5000.