A number of projects approved by the Design Review Board on January 10, 2018

///A number of projects approved by the Design Review Board on January 10, 2018

Public Hearings

West Bay Golf Club improvements

Representatives for the West Bay Golf Club were requesting approval for a Development Order for renovations to their existing 18-hole golf course located at 4606 West Bay Club Blvd., off Williams Road.

They plan to make changes to the tee boxes, bunkers and other areas which present a challenge.  They are also planning to modify two of the lakes while reshaping the rest of the course.  All changes are visible only internally to the community. (Presentation)

Public Comment: Marlene Rodak suggested that the conservation areas and protected species, such as gopher tortoise, need to be properly managed and maintained.

The Board approved this application.

Bassett Furniture – Coconut Point Mall

The applicant was requesting a Development Order to construct a 15,100± square foot single story building with site and landscape improvements between the Ethan Allen and City Mattress stores in Coconut Point Mall.

Plans call for the building to be Mediterranean in style, with fabric and Spanish tile canopies with wood trim and the building will be painted in Earth tones. There is a landscape buffer along US 41 with access south of the property and they added a three-tier fountain at the entry.  There is no marquee sign.  (Presentation)

The Board approved this application with the condition of moving the parking lot island and park bench closer to the fountain and with the written approval from Simon Properties.

Altar’d State Coconut Point

Altar’d State is a new tenant to the Coconut Point Mall and is proposing to refinish the façades of the Coconut Point corner unit for their retail store by adding copper clad canopies, stained glass windows and an illuminated metal wall sculpture spanning the two façades.

Altar’d State is a faith-based retailer which has 90 stores throughout the country.

This new store will be located at 23140 Fashion Drive, Suite 105, Coconut Point Mall, at the corner of Fashion Drive and Via Monte Carlo Way, across from Tommy Bahama.  Simon Properties has approved this design.  (Presentation)

The Board approved this application with one condition regarding the cornice.

Public Information Meeting

Coconut Point Pre-Owned Vehicles

The applicant is proposing to install one double-faced ground sign at the southwest corner of US 41and Galloway Ford Drive, south of the existing Coconut Point Ford dealership. They stated their proposal is a smaller vision, or 40 percent, of the size of the sign in front of the main dealership.  The lettering would be lighted in the evening. (Presentation)

The Board suggested the applicant bring back a landscape plan and photos of the other signage.

No voting is taken during Public Information Meetings.


Shoppes at Estero Grande

The applicant is proposing to construct 8,689 square feet of commercial multi-tenant development with a drive-through on 4.65± acres of vacant land located west of US 41 at the intersection of US 41 and Estero Parkway.

The applicant noted they have added more Mediterranean features and architectural changes to the corners of the buildings.  Seven pedestrian crosswalks are included with a stop sign by the drive-through and they have included multiple ways to get to US 41.

There was a discussion about the proposed gas station.  The applicant stated there would be a separate application for the gas station.  The Board suggested adding traffic calming measures along the drive-through.

Public Comment: Two residents spoke about losing natural beauty in Estero and the effects the required lighting will have on neighboring communities as well as concerns regarding the gas station.

Estero Grande Pattern Book

The Design Review Board reviewed the Pattern Book at their December 13, 2017, meeting. The Pattern Book was conceptually approved with conditions at that time. The applicant returned to the Board with the revisions based on the board’s comments and staff’s review.

The applicant went through the changes made to the Pattern Book.  They added some language regarding the gas station, which, if a gas station is proposed, it will go through an additional approval process.  (Pattern Book)

Public Comment: Gary Green, representing Breckenridge, commented on the question of compatibility of the gas station in this location and the community’s objection to a 24/7 operation.

 Additional details are available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.

The next Design Review Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018.