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Minder & Associates Engineering Corporation (M&A) did the boundary survey and topographic survey for the 28.59 Acre Site. 13.39 Acres of the 28.59 acre site was wetlands and protected by a recorded conservation easement.

The site to be improved consisted of 12.29 acres and had previously been zoned RSF-3 (Residential, Single Family District) Condominium for 125 Units.

Our client purchased the site based on information from the seller that he could put 90 Villa Units on the site but in reality only 70 Villa units would fit on the site which would not work financially. M&A and the Architectural Firm working together developed a site plan with nine 12 unit condominium units and one 17 unit condominium building on the site and one clubhouse complete with swimming pool and clay tennis courts. The site plan and buildings met all of the requirements of the Sarasota County Ordinance.

M&A designed the Stormwater Management System which consisted of two stormwater treatment and retention ponds, storm sewer, outfall structure and outfall bubbler to spread the stormwater surface flow and to recharge the wetlands. M&A designed all of the roads in the subdivision. The locations of the roads were designed around two Grand Oaks (required by Sarasota County Ordinance to be preserved) and other large oak trees which existed on the site.

M&A designed 2600 linear feet of DeSoto Road from Honore Avenue to the western boundary of the site including open ditches on each side of the road, pavement and concrete sidewalk along the south right of way line.

M&A provided Construction Management of all of the Site Civil Work including shop drawing review, construction staking, construction observation, contractor pay estimate requests, as built drawings and final certifications to the Regulatory Agencies.

On the 28.29 Acre Site there is also 13.39 Acre Mitigation Area which included a one acre which was not wetland and could be used for a part of the parking lot for the Club House. M&A worked with Biological Research Associates, Inc. (BRA) to petition the State of Florida Environmental Protection Agency to remove this Area from the Mitigation Area.

The project was a challenge to make the economic, environmental, architectural and site civil engineering work to meet all of the requirements of the regulatory agencies. The project has been a tremendous success and M&A is proud to have completed the Site Civil Engineering for this project.

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