The initial phase of the Downtown District at Babcock Ranch is underway with the Table and Tap restaurant and the Ranch’s first civic building, Woodlea Hall, on schedule to be completed February 1.
Additional progress under way by Kitson & Partners includes:
- paving of the main thoroughfare
- planting more than 500 trees
- building a bridge that will be a signature piece of the town
- constructing a trailhead to more than 50 miles of nature trails
- working on a water treatment plant
- installing irrigation systems
- installing high-speed internet cable
The main thoroughfare is being paved and Kitson has planted more than 500 trees
Concurrently, several builders (Stock Development, Homes by Towne, Fox Premier Builders and Florida Lifestyle Homes) have furnished models under construction and will begin taking sales orders beginning November for Lake Timber, the Ranch’s first neighborhood.
Located on the county line of Charlotte and Lee, and about 20 minutes east of Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch will house 19,500 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space when built out. Syd Kitson acquired the 91,000-acre ranch (about five times the size of Manhattan) in 2006, then sold about 73,000 acres to the state with the balance becoming the huge Babcock Ranch project.
The town is to be powered by solar energy from hundreds of thousands of panels on a nearby tract of land, making it the first solar town in the U.S.