By Arlene Harper, Communications & Marketing Manager
The Pelican Bay Foundation, in its continuous and ongoing efforts to improve its services and amenities to members, has initiated a Commons reconfiguration project that has been in development for several years. The Commons parking lot will undergo a major reconfiguration that not only addresses safety and accessibility issues, but highlights the aesthetics of lush landscaping and paving upgrades that complements already-existing natural vegetation. Major parts of this project include the relocation of the Commons tram station and an increase in parking of 33 spaces. These enhancements have been under consideration from extensive member feedback and strategic initiatives to preserve, maintain and improve Pelican Bay’s own property value. (The most recent plans are presented in the July edition of the Pelican Bay Post which is available at the Commons, Community Center and various tram stations. Also archived online at www.pelicanbay.org.)
This project will begin Monday, July 6, 2015. This will impact access to the Commons building for any Foundation interaction with member and guest services, inclusive of cark pick-ups, and also scheduled tours of South Beach.
While the Commons Parking lot is closed during construction, members and guests are required to park at the Marker 36 Parking Lot, which is located just a little north of Gulf Park Drive on the west side of Pelican Bay Boulevard. The address is 6801 Pelican Bay Boulevard. A shuttle bus will be transporting people to and from the Commons Building and the current Commons Tram Station for those who wish to travel to South Beach.
As the project progresses, Commons operations that service members and guests may move off-site. We will keep you apprised of any new information should this take place in the future.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for members, realtors and accompanying prospects, but we will do our best to communicate alternate routes in consideration of keeping amenities open as much as possible throughout the duration of this temporary renovation. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November in time for Thanksgiving weekend. It should also be noted that North Beach operations and tram service will continue its normal routes and hours of operation to members and guests for travel to the North Beach and Marker 36 Restaurant.
The completion of this project will serve as an important milestone for Pelican Bay. We look forward to a newly reconfigured parking lot indicative of Pelican Bay’s luxury living and it will continue to serve its residents and guests for years to come.
Here are some important items to remember before traveling to the Commons Building:
- For any type of card pick-up (member, guest, renter or realtor) or sales & lease document exchanges, you MUST park at Marker 36 Parking Lot and take the shuttle bus down to the Commons Building.
- The shuttle bus route has an estimated turnaround time of 8 minutes
- Vehicles will NOT be allowed to enter the Commons parking lot, which includes passenger pick-ups, standing vehicles, etc.
- The Commons Building remains open to Member & Guest Services. However, please be aware that the location of Member & Guest Services is subject to change as construction progresses.
- South Beach remains open through the duration of the project.