March 19, 2019

Babcock Ranch to get grocery store shopping center off SR 31

By: Vicki Parsons - IT

March 1, 2019

Pine Island Eagle

Babcock Ranch is planning a second community entrance and a shopping center.

Kitson & Partners announced Friday plans for Crescent B Commons, an 85,600-square-foot shopping center to be anchored by a “major grocery store.”

Crescent B Commons will be located at a new entrance to constructed about a mile south of the existing main entry on SR 31 at what will be Cypress Parkway.

The project will be anchored by a 51,447-square-foot grocery store with a drive-thru pharmacy. There are also three available outparcels totaling 14,653 square feet suitable for retail or restaurants.

The estimated opening date for the center is first quarter 2021, the release states.

“We’re looking forward to offering Babcock Ranch residents the conveniences of additional services and shopping,” said Thomas Hoban, president and CIO of Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch, in a prepared statement. “We also are planning an autonomous vehicle pick up and drop off area to provide additional convenience for Babcock Ranch residents.”

“Crescent B Commons will align with the Babcock Ranch vision and vernacular style,” said Hoban. “The shopping center will present two unique, distinct outdoor seating areas so shoppers can enjoy the area’s natural beauty.”

The shopping center will offer in-line leasing opportunities for 18,200 square feet of space and an “attractive bay configuration” with 20 feet of frontage and 65 feet of bay depth.

“Babcock Ranch was created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand,” the release states. “Half of the town’s 18,000-acre footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.”

The “walkable community plan” includes 50 miles of planned biking and hiking trails, the 4.5-acre Jack Peeples Park with tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, interconnected lakes for paddling enthusiasts, a calendar of exercise classes, and the Healthy Life Center managed by Lee Health at Founder’s Square, with health club facilities, nutrition counseling, therapeutic services and medical offices.

Table & Tap restaurant, Slater’s Goods & Provisions, Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Curry Creek Outfitters, and Babcock Neighborhood School welcomed the greater community to Founder’s Square even before the arrival of the town’s first residents. Founder’s Square also is home to Bloom Academy, offering infant care through VPK, and The Hatchery and Hive co-working classroom and meeting spaces.

A downtown park offers a lakefront bandshell, boardwalk, covered pavilions, and charging stations for electronics, including cars. An autonomous shuttle part of the town’s mobility plan provides transportation between homes and Founder’s Square.

“And with plans to expand into On Demand services, goods delivery and hourly/daily car rentals within the next year, Babcock Ranch will continue offering compelling mobility solutions that reduce the need for car ownership in the new town,” the release states.

Babcock Ranch has eight homebuilders offering more than 50 home designs , from condominiums to villas to single-family estates ranging from 1,107 to 5,000 square feet.

Prices range from the $190,000s to $1 million.

Homes are built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, “emphasizing energy and water conservation, and offer a full gigabyte of fiber-optic connectivity.”

Twenty-five model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Solara Homes by Banroc, and Stock Classic Homes. Many models are open for viewing daily.

Babcock National, a new golf and country club community within Babcock Ranch, will feature more than 18 of Lennar’s most popular home designs. A mix of multi-family and single-family homes, including condominiums, luxury coach homes, executive homes and estate-style designs, will incorporate innovative design details and Lennar’s signature “Everything’s Included” program that provides customers with a high level of standard features already included in the home price.

Homes at Babcock National start in the $190,000s.

Babcock Ranch straddles the Charlotte County/Lee County line on the east side State Road 31. The entrance is at Lake Babcock Drive, across from Horseshoe Road, in Charlotte County.
For more information about “Southwest Florida’s new hometown,” visit the Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit