A representative for the applicant presented their proposed colors for repainting the exterior surfaces of Germain Arena located at 11000 Everblades Parkway, west of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and north of Corkscrew Road. The colors are Hertz yellow, tricorn black and extra white. They will be replacing the roof on the building to withstand a category 5 hurricane.
The representative stated that the building is not seen by adjacent properties other than from the north direction which would be seen from Tidewater so they chose to paint that portion of the building white. They also pointed out that as a sports arena it would be entirely unique to any other building in Estero so the color should be allowed to be consistent with their branding. (Presentation)
Public Input: Approximately 450 emails were received in opposition to the proposed color, the Council Chambers were filled with concerned residents and 11 spoke of their concerns.
The Board stated they were happy Hertz is taking over the facility and look forward to working on a tasteful compromise.
No voting occurs during public information meetings.
The applicant is proposing to move dentists’ offices into an existing vacant bank building located on the northeast corner of Coconut Road and Via Villagio in the Coconut Point Mall.
The applicant will remove the existing drive-thru canopy, convert the teller window to match existing windows to make the building look less like a bank and will add a trellis to the building facing to add visual interest. There will be no other alterations to the exterior of the building. The parking area will remain the same but will be repainted. (Presentation)
The Board approved this application with the stipulation the applicant works with staff regarding the landscape design.
Shoppes at University Highlands
The Board also conducted a public hearing for the Shoppes at University Highlands which is located west of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway between Everblades Parkway and Miromar Outlet Drive.
This commercial development is consisted of retail, restaurant and personal service uses. There will be 3 buildings in this development. The initial development will include a Starbucks and a Tide Cleaners with drive-thru. They will have outdoor umbrellas at two of their buildings along with tall palms along the development. On the back of their buildings, they have made changes to make them match the front of the buildings, while making each building look individual. The development includes paver areas with seating benches as well as bike racks. They met with representatives of Grandezza and will be adding tall vegetation on the west side of the building. (Presentation)
The Board approved this application.
Residents may 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, October 10, 2018.