ESTERO DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
Jan. 10, 2007
The Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Members in Attendance: Gordon Lyons,
Tom O’Dea, Nancy Cohen, Jim Wallace, Gerald Simons
Bill Prysi, Joe McHarris, Al O’Donnell, Wayne Robinson
Meeting called to order.
Approval of the minutes of the December 13th meeting was called for. A
motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and carried unanimously.
Minutes were approved with no changes.
The meeting began with two update presentations.
Presentation by Tom Schneider
Tom Schneider was present to update the committee on the progress of Coconut
Mall. He provided the committee with the names of the tenants scheduled to
occupy many of the outlots along the east side of Rt. 41. Starting from the
north, just west of Best Buy and proceeding south, they are Chanel Bank, TGI
Fridays, Diamond District, Wachovia, a possible 5 story hotel & retail, Verizon,
a possible furniture store, Walter E Smyth store and around the corner on
Coconut Rd., Florida Gulf Bank.
Mr. Schneider made a presentation on the Super Target Store prefacing with an
explanation that he had already presented it for approval to the County Staff a
few hours prior to our meeting making it clear to the committee that this was
nothing more than a courtesy presentation. However, the EDRC strongly
recommended that more layered landscaping is needed to buffer the building.
Tom Schneider was asked to comment on the inadequately landscaped rear of the
big box buildings. He responded that since it was not spelled out on the agenda,
he was not prepared to respond but that they would look into it.
Mr. Schneider presented the design for the TGI Fridays which the EDRC approved.
Presentation by Ned Dewhirst
Mr. Dewhirst presented an update on the rest of Coconut Point, north and south
of the mall. The North Village is going in for rezoning to mixed use.
Rapallo is in its last phase.
They are planning an over 55 community that will be presented at a later date.
He stated that the residential section known as
Mirasol will be
going vertical in another week or so. Mr. Dewhirst introduced DOPCO, the
developer of Tract 3A-3.3 who made a presentation to the committee on the retail
buildings they plan to build. The committee recommended additional vegetative
screening especially on the west along Rt.41. Oak brook is to pay the EDRC
fee for DOPCO.
Michelle Salberg, Ascot Development
Discussion: The development is made up of two sites separated by Three
Oaks Parkway, just south of Corkscrew Rd. The site east of
Three Oaks is separated into two enclaves north and south of the
Estero River. The north portion of the site includes the pool and
Amenities area. The Committee strongly recommends a
Connection be made between the north and south enclaves for
Pool access and maintenance equipment traffic across the river
and preserve area. This will avoid the need for pedestrian traffic
having to go out on Three Oaks to get to the pool.
There is also a connectivity problem for traffic across Three Oaks between the
two sites. Traffic from the east side of Three Oaks has to travel north on Three
Oaks and make a U-Turn at Corkscrew in order to get to the west side of the
project. A similar situation exists when traveling in the opposite direction
which involves a U-Turn at Williams.
The committee had no comment on the architecture of the buildings.
Jim Vaughn & Joe Boff, PMS Inc. Naples
Client presented a design that the committee did not like because it did not
appear to have any Mediterranean features. This phase will be very visible to
the new development area on the west side of Three Oaks and also to traffic
passing through Estero on the new flyway when it is built. The applicant agreed
to review the design and look into tile roofs and other more suitable shapes and
Applicant: Estero Methodist Church Thrift Shop
Rebecca Smith, Business Manager
The Applicant presented an Old Florida Design building that in the opinion of
the committee was a good fit in the area it was to be located. The building area
is less than 3000 sf, has wood siding and standing seam metal roof. The front
has a full length porch facing west.
The Applicant stated that they are still working on the landscaping design and
coordinating with the property owner to their south.
They will be ready with the landscaping by the end of the month and have agreed
to come back next month for review by the committee.
The committee will send a DO approval letter to the county now and follow up
next month with any comments on the landscaping.
Mark Drew, AIM Engineering
The Applicant presented a new design that was radically different from his
previous submittal and met with the overall approval of the committee. There was
criticism of the signage presented in that it was more like a monument sign but
did not meet the requirements for such a sign. The lettering was not well
organized and the white lines boxing in the lettering was not appropriate. The
landscaping was not complete and the applicant agreed to return next month.
Next EDRC Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2007
5:00 P.M. at The Estero Park Community Center