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avatarUdut, Kenneth -- on Sep. 19 2009, from Golden Gate Estates, Naples, FL
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It will come down to how much shopping or office space is wanted in Golden Gate Estates. Right now, two proposals are on the table.

"Developer eyes land in Golden Gate Estates for retail center

By I.M. STACKEL Updated Friday, September 18, 2009

COLLIER COUNTY — It will come down to how much shopping or office space is wanted in Golden Gate Estates. Right now, two proposals are on the table.

The latest entry is a 56.5-acre center inching back from the south side of Randall Boulevard and fanning out from Immokalee Road to Eighth Street NE.

Developer Jack Sullivan, president, Emergent Development Group, has already entered into tentative deals with Collier County’s transportation department, the Big Corkscrew Rescue and Fire District, and the Florida Department of Forestry.

In building his shopping center, he would assist with the widening of Randall Boulevard.

He’s set to swap out land with the county in order to move the forestry office and fire station. Friday, Sullivan said he believes there’s room — and need — for both his project and one that was discussed Monday night for the northwest corner of Golden Gate Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard. He is not involved in the Golden Gate/Wilson project.

Sullivan explained his development Thursday night to members of Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates (HOAGGE), a fairly new group of members who parted ways with the Golden Gate Estates Area Civic Association.

HOAGGE president Doug Rankin was enthusiastic about Sullivan’s project, noting how Sullivan has already built consensus within the community. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Collier Commissioner Jim Coletta, Zoning Director Diane Flagg and a spokesman for Rep. Matt

Hudson, R-Naples, all attended the HOAGGE meeting.

Sullivan’s attorney Bruce Anderson, Roetzel & Andress, and planner Tim Hancock, of Davidson Engineering, are shepherding the necessary zoning changes through the

system.

The specific subject of Thursday night’s meeting was relocation of the existing Big Corkscrew fire station and the state forestry office across the road to the northwest corner of Eighth Street Northeast and Randall.

About 10 of the project’s acres would be donated for intersection improvements and Randall’s widening.

Coincidentally, Anderson on Tuesday asked county commissioners to adopt growth management plan amendments before Collier voters get to vote next year on Hometown Democracy.

If Hometown Democracy — a grass-roots effort to regain local control over growth and financial issues — is approved by voters, it would take effect immediately and county commissioners could not adopt growth amendments without going to a referendum, Anderson stated in his letter to commissioners.

Some 10 growth management plan amendments will go before the Collier County Planning Commission on Oct. 19 and 20, including Sullivan’s request.

Asked Friday if the Estates needs two shopping centers, Collier Planning Commission Chairman Mark Strain said that depends entirely on the desire and will of neighbors flanking the proposed projects."
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