On Sat., Aug. 23, Sierra Grande, a brand-new 300-unit resort-style rental community located at 6975 Sierra Club Circle off Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake-Hammock Road, partnered with the Humane Society Naples for a ribbon-cutting event to “unleash” the community’s newly-built Bark Park. The park is located on community grounds, and provides a place for residents to play with and walk their dogs.
“As the area’s first new leasing community in over 10 years, this is really a special celebration for us,” said Property Manager Robin Schmitt. “Sierra Grande offers incomparable luxury amenities, and we are family- and pet-friendly. This event celebrates what we have to offer, as wellas gives back to the community. We are doing very well out here, and it’s been very well received.”
In the business-supporting-business fashion that defines Southwest Florida, the ribbon-cutting was a collaborative effort hosting the Collier County Humane Society and their adoption van, Top Dog Bakery, Collier County Sheriff and McGruff, Animal Specialty Hospitals (ASH), a pet photographer and many other local establishments. It was open to the community and their pets, as well as Sierra Grande residents.
Developed by Florida-based real estate companies 13th Floor Investments and The Estate Companies, Sierra Grande saw construction begin just one year ago on a building-by-building timeline; their last structure will be finishedon Sept. 15.
“Unleashing our dog park today, we thought it would be a good idea to partner with the Humane Society to give back to the community and bring awareness at the same time,” said Stefanie Mogull, marketing coordinator at 13th Floor Investments.
Much of the Sierra Grande staff labels themselves proud pet-lovers, and they collectively wanted this new community to be very family- and pet-friendly. Now at 70 percent occupancy, the large number of residents with four-legged friends is hard to ignore. They decided to build the Bark Park on a piece of land originally planned to house an additional residential structure. Taking the buildings up one morelevel, from three stories to four with added elevators, freed up the space.
“In line with a kind of nation-wide trend, more people are dog owners now, and pets aren’t being left out on the back porch anymore,” said Alex Peters, Asset Manager with 13th Floor Investments. “People want special things for their best friend. We think our Bark Park is definitely an added benefit to the Sierra Grande community.”
Sierra Grande accepts residents with larger animals, making them refreshingly unique; it’s a welcome accommodation for people who see their pets as family members.
For more information on Sierra Grande, visit www.sierragrandefl.com.