Crescent B Commons, the new 83,487-square-foot mall at Babcock Ranch, is now 98% leased, announced Kitson & Partners, which is developing America’s first solar-powered hometown.
Since the opening in September 2021 of the Publix Super Market, the centre’s first tenant, it has been joined by the restaurants Pi Local Pizza and M’xuma Tacos Mexican Grill as well as Publix Liquors, Clover Nails & Spa and The Postal Place Pack & Bateau . Other businesses are expected to open in the coming months.
“Bringing businesses to residents of Babcock Ranch and the surrounding area is an important part of our vision as a sustainable and growing community,” said Syd Kitson, president and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “This drastically cuts down on long trips for groceries and services that residents need.”
Recently recognized with a Silver certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition and located at the main entrance to Babcock Ranch at 14500 State Road 31, Crescent B Commons features a mix of retailers, restaurants, healthcare providers, salons, beauty and professional services.
Stellar Vision and Babcock’s vet with a surgery center are scheduled to open this month. Royal Paw Grooming & Boarding and a dental practice will open by June. Additional tenants include U-Yee Sushi, Burger Fi, a hair salon and a residential real estate office. Kitson & Partners is also finalizing leases for a national cafe and a pet supply business for two freestanding buildings.
“Businesses want to be at Crescent B Commons and Babcock Ranch,” said Matt Buehler, senior vice president of retail at Kitson & Partners. “Those that have already opened are busier than expected.”
With Chicago brick-accented facades and architecture reflecting the distinctive Babcock Ranch style, the mall offers outdoor dining areas, tall oak trees, a children’s play area, shaded gathering places and benches. .
“Babcock Ranch was founded on the principles of green building, improving energy efficiency and conserving natural resources,” Kitson said. “Everything we do is founded on the principle that smart growth and sustainability are best for the earth and improve the quality of life for our residents, business owners and their employees. Certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition validates this philosophy and provides unbiased verification that we are delivering on our commitment.
Babcock Ranch has already achieved the coalition’s top level of certification as a Platinum Florida Green Community in 2018 as well as Gold and Silver certification in 2020 for commercial buildings in Founder’s Square, its lakeside town center.
Covering 18,000 acres, half of the city’s footprint is reserved for greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for the homes of Babcock Ranch, Founder’s Square and Crescent B Commons. The city is slated for 19,500 residences and 6,000,000 square feet of commercial space.
Construction activity continues to ramp up to meet demand with new housing, neighborhoods, amenities and facilities ushering in the next phase of the city’s development. Babcock High School and the nearby Field House are under construction with plans to open for the 2022-23 school year.
Recognized as the 14th best-selling planned community in the nation in 2021 by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors and named Lead Planned Community of the Year by the Lee Building Industry Association for a second consecutive year in 2021, Babcock Ranch features homes from seven builders of homes across seven neighborhoods, with additional builders and new neighborhoods to come.
Home builders offer over 50 home designs ranging from 1,120 to over 4,000 square feet. The homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty-nest kids and retirees, with prices ranging from $200,000 to over $1.5 million. Built to FGBC standards, the homes emphasize energy and water conservation and feature a full gigabyte of fiber optic connectivity.
In the welcoming neighborhoods of Babcock Ranch, more than two dozen model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Divco Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes and WCI.
For more information on Southwest Florida’s newest hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Woodlea Hall Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch , call 877-709-6620 or visit www.BabcockRanch.com.