Collier County commissioners amend land-use plan to allow One Naples development in North Naples

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One Naples rendering courtesy Stock Development

One Naples rendering courtesy Stock Development

After a marathon special meeting Monday, Collier County commissioners voted 4-1 to amend the county’s growth management plan and rezone property to allow construction of One Naples, a high-rise condominium mixed-use development with a parking garage, restaurants and some retail/office space on the northeast corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Gulf Shore Drive in North Naples. The public hearing, which began at 9 a.m. and stretched until after 8:30 p.m., featured testimony on both sides of an emotionally charged issue. “This is the most controversial and probably the most important issue we’ve had before us for many, many years,” Commission Chair Penny Taylor said before voting against the project because county staff was blindsided by 11th-hour changes presented by Naples-based Stock Development. The developer reduced its proposal to two 12-story towers with a total of 140 residences over a two-story parking garage. The developer also announced Monday that it was purchasing DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge, which had been a holdout in the center of One Naples. Stock plans to convert the 30-year-old restaurant into green space in the 6-acre development. Speaking out against the overall project were individuals and community groups such as Save Vanderbilt Beach, which oppose it because of compatibility reasons involving density, height and traffic concerns. 

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