Developer presents revised plans for North Naples condo community
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.