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Progress, Updates, and Exciting News at BabcockJune 20, 2016
On April 22, we held the Grand Reveal of Babcock Ranch. Our plans for Babcock Ranch are 10 years in the making and we couldn’t be more excited to have shared those details with everyone this Earth Day.
As progress has continued at Babcock Ranch, we want to take this time to share some more information with you and address some of the questions and concerns we’ve been getting asked frequently. As always, we want to make sure information about Babcock is easy to find and you’re always welcome to contact us or schedule a tour to do so! Here, we’ve compiled answers to some of our most popular questions.
What is the timeframe for development at Babcock?
The groundbreaking with Kitson & Partners took place in November 2015. Since then, we’ve made great strides in our development and we have more details on big dates below!
- Downtown Babcock breaking ground – June 2016
- Model homes breaking ground – August 2016
- Lake Timber Lake House breaking ground – August 2016 (Lake Timber is the first neighborhood estimated to be finished at Babcock)
- Babcock model homes open – early 2017
- Lake Timber Lake House Grand Opening – early 2017
- Downtown Babcock Grand Opening – Spring 2017
As development progresses and we have solidified dates, you can be sure that we’ll update on our website and throughout social media!
What are prices for homes at Babcock?
Initially, our homes will be priced in the $190s – $700s. We’ve heard the need for lower priced housing and we want to make Babcock Ranch home to many! As we develop further and floor plans are released, we plan to offer some lower priced home options (such as condos and town homes).
When will floor plans be available?
At this time, floor plan releases are yet to be determined.
Can I take a tour?
Absolutely! We are currently giving tours and welcome you to come out! Simply call our office to schedule at (941) 235-6900.
What are the amenities?
Amenities and things to do at Babcock are going to be abundant!
- Bike trails
- Hiking trails
- (And more are coming!
Can I open a business at Babcock?
Absolutely! Downtown Babcock will be home to many businesses, including startups, restaurants, shops, and more. If you’d like to learn about opening a business at Babcock, please contact us (and make sure to let us know in your message you want to open a business!).
Babcock Ranch & The Environment
At Babcock Ranch, we care deeply about our surrounding environment and impact on not only Southwest Florida, but the entire world. We believe strongly in preserving as much as possible and completing development of the town of Babcock Ranch in ways that leave the smallest environmental footprint.
90% of the land on which we are building has been in use previously, which means that we are not bulldozing or destroying green environments. This is one of the main environmental concerns we receive and we wanted to share that on our blog to make everyone aware.
In the May 2016 issue of Gulfshore Business, senior resident fellow for sustainable development at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research group that promotes responsible land use, Ed McMahan states:
“Sustainability is about more than technology, energy efficiency, and wind turbines. These are places that have respect for the land.”
These are the exact values we want to be instilled in everything we do at Babcock. However, we know that it will take more than words to do that. Here are some ways we hope to make that happen:
- Babcock Ranch will run on solar energy using the FPL Babcock Ranch Energy Center – making Babcock Ranch the first solar-powered city.
- Residents and visitors of Babcock will be able to easily access all of Babcock by foot or by bicycle. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors and avoid using their vehicles as much as possible.
- Farm-to-table lifestyles will be encouraged at Babcock. We plan to include a community farm for residents to grow their own produce.
There will be more to come in the way of sustainability and environmental friendliness at Babcock and we encourage you to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. Please contact us or share them in the comments below.