The Cape at Savona Point is still under construction, however some residents are getting settled in to the buildings that are completed. So how did this project come about? We wanted to share how Roers is helping provide new homes to the community of Cape Coral some and interesting insights the team worked through as the project was in the initial stages.
The development team became aware of the lack of multi-family housing options in the Cape Coral area in Florida. Many housing developments focused on patio homes and single family residential. The multi-family residential that was available was not meeting the demand for the fast growing city of Cape Coral. Larry Nygard, Roers Development President, and team located a perfect site within a few blocks of an elementary school, a middle school and a high school that is also centrally located to everything else. The main vision is to provide a housing option to people in the service industry, nurses, teachers and more. This was an opportunity to provide housing for those that want a unique, affordable housing option without owning their own home.
Jeremy Easum, Civil Engineer with Roers, provided some insights on the initial project planning stages and how it was different from others. Jeremy commented, “A couple of differences that stand out to me are the regulations are so much more intense on development. This project has 25 building permits. The other main difference that engineers and surveyors can appreciate is the elevation. I’m used to creating plans in North Dakota with design elevations of 2500 feet above sea level and where I came from in Wyoming elevations of 4800’ above sea level. Our base flood design elevation on Savona was 7’ above sea level.”
Partnerships in this project were more important than ever. “We knew early on this project would be different. We wanted to be heavily involved in the design and construction and use the knowledge base we have built over the years constructing multi-family developments,” stated Jeremy. Local partnerships with multiple firms including our general contractor, Brooks and Freund were developed. Other firms including architect, civil consultant, environmental consultant, landscape architect, geotechnical consultant, marketing consultant, leasing & property management consultant and lending partners have proven to be great partnerships. Through this process Roers has also developed a relationship with the City of Cape Coral. All of these partnerships and relationships hopefully will yield other opportunities in Florida.
For more details on the Cape at Savona project, please visit https://roers.com/project/savona-apartments/.