A developer wants to build more than a
hundred condo units that some people say will block their
view of paradise and bring more traffic to North Naples.
One Naples is planned for the intersection of Gulf Shore
Drive and Vanderbilt Beach Road.
STOCK Development said
it has had nearly 50 meetings with community members to
address the height issue, unit numbers and traffic concerns.
They’ve lowered the height to 16 stories and current plans
are for 172 units.
They presented the project Thursday to the Collier County
Planning Commission, who will decide if the project moves
ahead to the full county commission.
Hundreds of people have written in to oppose the project,
and a group called “Save Vanderbilt Beach” said more than
600 people have signed a petition against it.
Many fear the project will transform their once-sleepy beach
neighborhood into a Miami-like atmosphere.
“We don’t like it; we wouldn’t have
bought there if we would have thought … we would have looked
at someplace else. And quite frankly we can’t afford what
they’re selling because it’s super, super high end,” said
Glenda Park of North Naples.
“A luxury residential project will increase the value for
everybody, and the challenge the folks that are telling you
that their views are gonna be blocked, they are used to
nothing being there. If we build a commercial project, their
views will be blocked,” said Claudine Wetzel, vice president
of sales and marketing at STOCK Development.
About 80 people signed up to speak on the project Thursday,
but they’ll have to wait after the commission decided to
move public comment to Oct. 15.