April 12, 2006
The Rapallo Clubhouse
Meeting Time: 5:00 P.M.
Members in Attendance: Gordon Lyons, Al O’Donnell, Jim Wallace,
Members Absent: Bill Prysi, Wayne Robinson, Joe McHarris, Nancy
Minutes By: Terri Melna
Meeting called to order.
Approval of the minutes of the March 8th meeting were called for. A
motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and carried unanimously.
Minutes were approved with no changes.
Fee: Not Paid
Presentation by: Ned Dewhurst, Hole Montes
Presenting the 3D Tract consisting of 224 MF Units and signage for the South
Village. Monument signs will be located at Williams & Coconut and at the
corner by the Sanibel Steakhouse. Wall entry signs will be located at
Williams – Sandy Lane, Rapallo, US41 by the fire station and at Pelican
Colony entrance. Committee expressed displeasure at the slash pines being
used along the Coconut Point US41 buffer. Committee felt their use
downgraded the appearance and as the pines grow, you will lose the sightline
visuals of the shopping center. Applicant indicated this was Simon’s
property and that the Oakbrook portions were using enhanced landscaping,
while Simon is using code minimum. Committee felt the sabal palms should be
clustered. Applicant agreed to pass along Committee’s feelings to Simon. The
EDRC committee reminded Ned that this same concern about Simon’s poor
landscaping was discussed last fall with the Simon project team and Tom
Schneider himself assured us the landscaping would be more than code minimum
and that we would be pleased with the results. From what has been planted to
date that is clearly not the case. It is made even more obvious by
comparison to the lush landscaping of the Coconut Point North Village US41
buffer just north of the Simon Project. Ned Dewhurst indicated the South
Village would be planted to the same spec as the North Village. Based on
previous conversations and presentations the EDRC committee had expected all
of Coconut Point would held to the same high standard. That is one of the
reasons it relinquished its design review authority to an internal design
review committee. Fortunately the expenditure required to fix the
landscaping is nominal relative to the total project.
Peter Flood and Ty Smith presented Tract 3D,
Coconut Point. This will consist of 224 MF condo, townhomes and flats. They
vary from 1 to 3 bedrooms and average 1300 SF under air. They have a one-car
attached garage. There will be 28 2-story buildings, clubhouse with pool.
Most buildings will have 8 units, although some have 6 or 10 units. This
will be a controlled access project. The sales center should be open within
3 weeks. Prices will average high $200,000’s to low $400,000’s. Committee
expressed opinion that the architecture did not feel up to par with the rest
of Coconut Point. Facades are offset. Applicants’ indicated renderings make
the architecture difficult to feel, that this will be comparable to
Rapallo. EDRC expressed
desire to see a landscape plan. The driveways will be brick pavered. No rear
elevations were shown. Agreed to return with landscape plan and perspectives
at the next meeting. There will be low ground cover between the driveways.
Committee suggested using a half finger between drives with waist-high
shrubs. Interior lighting will be decorative. Not using FPL. The railroad
tracks were discussed between this project and
The Brooks. Consensus was
there is a wall on the Brooks’ side.
The South Village will have an assisted living facility as well as a
financial center and Lee Memorial. The Pelican Colony Extension will have a
25,000 SF retail strip to the north. Nothing yet along Coconut.
Presentation by: Shellie Johnson, Barraco & Associates
County has requested a reuse meter for this project and it will be located
at the southeast corner off Williams Rd. County requested Barraco return to
EDRC with plan. Just the meter box will be above ground. The same type of
landscaping will be used as in the rest of the project. Applicant suggested
using a 6’ fence around the box. Applicant indicated a desire to use a black
chain link fence indicating the color will make it disappear. Meter box is
typically 4-6’ high. The developer is providing the fence. Applicant
indicated using slats is not desirable as they dry out, break and crack.
Committee suggested and applicant agreed to wrap the viburnum around both
ends. Committee expressed a concern as to the access and approach for
maintenance. Applicant indicated she felt the access would be at the back.
Fee: Not Paid
Presentation by: Ted Sottong, Architecture, Inc.
6325 Presidential Court, Suite 1A
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
This is a return project. The plan is basically the same as previously
presented. The vestibule area juts out more. The dog run will not be fenced
in. Discussion held regarding the wall between the house and the project.
Applicant indicated this house is for sale as commercial. Committee
suggested applicant talk to the neighbor regarding the wall and Committee
will support, with the neighbor’s blessing, elimination of the wall since it
was felt this would not remain residential. Committee requested channel lit
sign rather than internal lit. Committee suggested applicant talk to a sign
fabricator and agreed to mail in signage plans to Committee. Rendering
reflects a lime colored building, but applicant indicated it was a sage
green, similar to BoneFish Grill’s green.
Applicant: Brooks Commons Dumpster & 5’
Presentation by: Sean Weeks, SRW Engineering, Inc.
Applicant working for Bonita Bay Group for an LDO for an additional dumpster
and 5’ walkway. Dumpster will be same dimension as the first dumpster.
Project will have a pedestrian interconnection paved with architectural
walls. This will be a memorial garden area in honor of David Graham.
Committee indicated agreement with plans.
Next Meeting: Next EDRC Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2006,
5:00 P.M. at The Rapallo