Your guide to the housing market in Southwest Florida

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Growth — like progress — appears unstoppable. 

Even through a global pandemic, new commercial, residential and mixed-use projects have sprouted, while others have marched forward over the past year in Collier County.

The summer will be no different, as more multimillion-dollar residential and commercial developments get underway, advance and move closer to reality. 

Many of the big projects have been on the drawing board for years

Here are just a few to keep an eye on over the coming months: 

Rural villages and a town 

Collier County Commissioners will soon vote on two more rural villages proposed by Collier Enterprises. At the same time, they’ll consider a town concept that would tie the two villages to a third one proposed by the same developer. They’ve sparked controversy because of their location in the Rural Lands Stewardship Area, or RLSA. 

See the latest here: Collier commissioners delay vote on rural villages Longwater and Bellmar, Town of Big Cypress

One Naples

Collier County commissioners have already approved this controversial project in North Naples, a block from Vanderbilt Beach. The project will include two upscale high-rise powers, a first for Naples-based Stock Development. According to the website, the process of site improvements is under way.

Here’s our last story: Collier County officials approve One Naples after surprise revisions

Naples Beach Club

The landmark Naples Beach Hotel has closed after a 75-year run, to make way for redevelopment. The Athens Group plans to replace the current hotel with a smaller, more upscale resort, and to build what it has described as “best-in-class” residential condos on both sides of Gulf Shore Boulevard, with elevated amenities that will include golf and tennis.

While Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts hasn’t publicly announced its interest yet, The Athens Group has confirmed it has a letter of intent for the world-renowned brand to operate the five-star resort.

A sale of the property is still pending.

Get caught up here: Developer offers compromise to keep Naples Beach Hotel’s tennis center open another year

Metropolitan Naples

The old will soon make way for the new, transforming a high-profile corner in East Naples. 

A years-in-the-making mixed-use tower project, now dubbed Metropolitan Naples, is advancing. 

The development will feature a mix of housing, retail and entertainment in up to three towers, each as tall as 15 to 16 stories — or up to 160 feet.

Most of the retail will be restaurants.

Luxury features and amenities will include rooftop swimming pools, gardens and gathering spots.

Click here for an update : Long-awaited tower project in East Naples marches on

Old Naples Hotel

Due to complications arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, construction has been delayed on this project on Third Street South. 

However, construction is expected to start soon.

The vision for the Old Naples Hotel includes 109 luxury rooms, a café/bar with outdoor dining, a courtyard, a hotel sundry shop, a spa, and a small retail commercial spot on Third Street South.

Look here for more information: In the Know: Latest on downtown demolition and Old Naples Hotel

We’ll follow these stories and more on the hot growth and development beat through the summer.


So check back often for updates.

— Laura Layden, Business reporter

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