LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) - More homes are popping up in Lakewood Ranch, and now residents are about to see new condo buildings off Main Street. Construction is underway for the first condo buildings since the Great Recession hit almost a decade ago.
Crews are wrapping up construction for the first of three buildings for the Waterfront at Main Street condos. It's right in the heart of Lakewood Ranch behind the movie theater, but some people opposed to the project argue the community is already growing too fast.
"It's been awesome watching it grow," said Lakewood Ranch town home owner Charlene Culp, who moved to the community 16 years ago. "There was nothing here when we just moved here so it just started getting built."
Now the community has more shops, more restaurants and more homes. To Culp, that's no surprise.
"There's good school zones, good family activities to do, there's a lot of parks. There's everything," said Culp.
"They love the fact that they're in Lakewood Ranch and they love Main Street," said Homes by Towne Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kitt Kearney.
Construction is underway for three buildings made up of 76 condos off Main Street.
"The walk-ability of being right here, the movie theater, all the restaurants," said Kearney of all the nearby amenities. A pool, spa area, grills and fire pit are all included for residents living in Waterfront at Main Street, which also has waterfront views.
The smallest condo consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms, measuring just above 1,300 square feet. Condos range from $360,000 to more than $1,000,000.
Kelly Haslup hopes to buy a home in Lakewood Ranch in the future but argued the new condo owners will bring unwanted traffic to Main Street.
"I'm seeing more and more traffic, more tourism," said Haslup. "A lot of the salons and other places you need appointments for you're not able to get appointments for anymore."
Kearney explained the beauty of the new gated complex is its proximity to the local shops and said it will likely bring more traffic to the sidewalks rather than the streets.
"They've done a great job of bringing the accessibility from here to downtown," said Kearney.
The first building is projected to open at the end of July and some of the first condo owners will move in around that time. The other two buildings are set to open sometime in 2018.