Work begins on senior community on Orange Blossom Drive

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Site work will begin this week on the first phase of Siena Lakes senior living community on Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples.

Seeing Siena Lakes’ sales center built last year on neighboring property east of Airport-Pulling Road, it is obvious that this continuing care retirement community will not be just another development. Instead of using the customary doublewide as a sales center, Baltimore-based Erickson Living built an impressive 5,600-square-foot, two-story sales center for marketing these future luxury residences.

“We start the reservation process on March 1, but the sales center is open,” said Siena Lakes sales director Fred Moschetta. “In the month of January, we had such an immediate response with over 128 appointments of people wanting to learn more about Siena Lakes. They are already joining the priority list and lining up to reserve.”

Phase 1 will have 175 one- and two-bedroom apartments with 22 options for floor plans in a senior community that eventually will have more than 350 independent living units, 35 assisted living beds, and 30 skilled nursing and memory care beds. Exemplified by the sales center, the community will feature Tuscan-influenced architecture as well as bountiful lakes to reflect its namesake — Siena, Italy.

“Phase 1 also includes a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse with restaurant, entertainment, social and community spaces,” Moschetta said. Resort-like amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, multiple restaurants, a theater room, classrooms, a library and an on-site medical center.

Vertical construction of the first phase of the community is expected to begin this year once a 50 percent pre-sales threshold has been achieved, Moschetta said.

“We anticipate construction starting probably late summer,” he said.

Florida-based Kaufman Lynn Construction has been awarded a $100 million contract to build the first phase of Siena Lakes. This local project is starting as Kaufman Lynn, headquartered in Delray Beach, marks its 30th anniversary and the one-year anniversary of its Estero office.

“For the past two years we’ve been engaged with Erickson on planning this state-of-the-art retirement community, and we are eager to get started on construction,” said Dan Root, Kaufman Lynn’s regional senior vice president in the company’s Florida west coast office in Estero.

At its peak, more than 300 subcontractors and tradespeople will be working on the development in North Naples, Kaufman Lynn estimates.

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