Q. What is happening with the old St. George and the Dragon property? We see a sign that something is coming but when? Rob, Naples
A. That is the 64-thousand-dollar question, Rob! Since you submitted your question to me over six months ago, I’ve been checking in with the City of Naples Planning department periodically for updates.
Just today, an application for design was received by the City of Naples Planning Department’s Planner II, Margaret Perry.
According to the plan, it states: “The project consists of a three-story commercial development that faces 5th Avenue South and includes a four-level three-story parking garage.
In addition, the project includes a ground floor commercial component. The site consists of approximately 57,900 square feet/1.33 acres.”
There was a former plan submitted in December 2016 (see photo) that was withdrawn prior to an agenda meeting. That plan did call for some residential condos/apartments and was being referred to as ‘The George.’ The current plan is all commercial and no mention of any name other than the property address, 936 Fifth Avenue South.
MHK Architecture & Planning in Naples submitted the plans.
The name that appears on the application is ‘George, LLC’ currently owned by Adam Smith, principal Naples ReDevelopment, Inc. However, the plans have been prepared for The Brookline Development Company, LLC located in Clearwater, Florida.
You may recall in December 2016 Brookline purchased two buildings on Fifth Avenue South for $7.2 million. First Florida Integrity Bank and Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro. Those tenants both have long-term leases and there are no plans to redevelop at this time.
A phone call to Brookline was not immediately returned for comment.
St. George and the Dragon was one of Naples’ oldest and family-owned restaurants. It operated at
that same location for over 42 years. The doors officially closed in July 2012 and sold in January 2014 to Adam Smith, principal of Naples ReDevelopment Inc, for $5.2 million.
Perry says the first step is for the submitted plan is to be reviewed by the Design Review Board. There was an administrative site plan also submitted that involves a review of utilities, fire department, solid waste department, etc.
“This entire process could take a year or sooner,” Perry said.
Here is my question. What will happen to the iconic Red telephone booth? Do you have any thoughts on where you’d like to see it go to? Please let me know and I’ll pass it along to whoever the new owner is!