Design Award winners must meet the following guidelines in order
to be considered for the Citizens' Master Plan Awards:
- To further the vision of the Citizens' Master
- To exhibit excellence in architecture, landscape
or site design, which are the three awards presented each year,
- To receive a Certificate of Occupancy by
July 31 of the award year, and will be eligible to be considered
for up to three years from the date of occupancy.
||Any establishment wishing to be considered
can obtain applications from the TEAM Punta Gorda office.
Winners of this award are presented this plaque, which
they proudly display on their wonderful buildings.
As our memories of Hurricane Charley’s destructive rampage
fade, the voids the storm left are being filled by new projects
that trumpet the city’s physical renewal. TEAM wants to applaud
those who are building, in mortar and stone, the pieces of a vision
of Punta Gorda’s future – the vision of the Citizens’ Master
The award is being given to those who are building their new projects consistent
with the principles of that plan.
Here is a brief rundown on each of the projects which have received awards to
Charlotte High School - 2011
The 2011 TEAM Punta Gorda CMP Design award was given to Charlotte High School. After sustaining extensive damage from Hurricane Charley in 2004, the reconstruction of the high school focused on providing a state-of-art educational facility while respecting the historic nature of the site and the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The façade of the existing 3-story building, built in 1926, was restored to its original neo-classic architecture. Functionally and aesthetically, this building was restored as the iconic symbol for both the school and the community. The design of the facility incorporates numerous sustainable features which have resulted in reduced water consumption and improved indoor air quality.
Gulf Breeze Apartments 2009
excellence in Site Design award was presented to Gulf Breeze
apartments because of their cozy hometown setting and old-Florida
charm. The community is rich in diversity and opportunity and
is close to all that downtown Punta Gorda has to offer.
The Wyvern Hotel 2009
upscale boutique hotel sets a new standard for Punta Gorda.
The view from the roof is spectacular day or night as you overlook
Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda’s historic neighborhoods.
You feel the sophisticated glamour of Park Avenue in the 1930s
just entering the hotel.
Herald Court Centre 2009
Who knew a parking garage could look so grand with handsome facades as streetscapes. This structure fulfills the needed parking requirements while also providing public spaces to house businesses on the first floor. The top floor also has great views of the downtown and can be rented for personal use.
Four Points by Sheraton 2009
The “wow” factor was accomplished by Four Points with their landscaping, giving tropical elegance to the harbor front of Punta Gorda.
Trabue Woods Estates
Trabue-Woods Estates is an affordable-living facility built by
the Trabue-Woods Economic Development LLC in East Punta Gorda
at the corner of East Virginia Avenue and Milus Street. It features
two one-bedroom apartments and three two- and three-bedroom townhouses.
The beautifully-designed, old-Florida-style building has covered
porches that provide a social gathering place for family and
The plans for Trabue Woods Estates have been in progress for nearly
four years. After Hurricane Charley visited our city and took
away much of our affordable housing, Trabue Woods Economic
Development LLC began formulating plans to respond to a strong
community need. According to Board President Anna Callwood,
the Trabue Woods Economic Development LLC is committed to the
Citizens’ Master Plan
and has begun working toward implementing Phase II of its community development
goal. This includes building a soul-food restaurant with apartments housed upstairs.
A pre-construction timeline for Phase II has been set for 2010.
Dean’s Tex-Mex South of the Border
Former TEAM CEO Judy Brentano presents a Citizens'
Master Plan Design Award to Dean Stainton owner of Dean’s
South of the Border Restaurant.
Owners Dean and Sandy Stainton have some finishing touches to add to their
restaurant – a
wrought-iron fence around the patio and a gazebo. The brightly colored restaurant/bar/sports
bar behind Laishley Park Marina at East Retta Esplanade and Route 41 northbound
is the culmination of a lengthy struggle to first rebuild the original restaurant
that sat a half block away. But it was too badly damaged by Charley. The Stainton’s
managed to save a few things from the original nearly 100-year-old building – nearly
century-old beams that form a trellis over the outdoor dining
section and a 7-ton fireplace. The new renovated building
used to house an auto parts store. It now can accommodate 200
Laishley Park Marina
Park reopened its boat ramp in December 2006, and the remainder
of the project is coming along nicely with a building to house
the harbormaster, ship’s store, and other amenities, new
floating docks, and more. Completion of this first phase is expected
in early spring, 2007. The city is negotiating with a private
concern which will add another building to the site, housing
a restaurant on its top floor.
This four-story, mixed-use project replaces the old Professional
Center on Marion Avenue. Developers Ann and Martin Schulz are
developing the project through their Florida Insel Properties
group. Their original plan was to add to and rebuild, in some
form, the old building. A variety of events sent the Schultz’s
back to the drawing board of architect William Pantsari and
now Punta Gorda can look forward to a new structure in the style
and spirit of new urbanism – at
considerably more expense to its European owner. The Schulz’s
had toured the Seaside area in Florida’s Panhandle region
and were smitten with its new urbanism design and use. They were
referred to architect Pantsari, who had designed elements of
Rosemary Beach, not far
from and much like Seaside. When complete,
will boast 24 facades, five different types of glass, and three
different types of brick. An interior courtyard, accessed from
Marion Avenue, will grace the lowest level while a terrace with
palm trees and other plantings will crown the building. Retail
establishments, including a yet-to-be chosen eclectic restaurant
and two other small eateries, will inhabit the ground level.
Offices will be sandwiched between the ground level and condominiums
on the upper level. The Schultz’s hope Sunloft will contribute
to a lively downtown street scene. Jennifer Schoultz, a designer
at Pantsari Architecture and William Pantsari’s wife, is designing the building’s interior. Ken Dunn of Punta
Gorda Construction Management is the general contractor. The
project was completed in late 2008.
Swiss Chocolates and an art gallery are housed in this multi-use
project, situated at the corner of Sullivan and West Virginia
streets, as well as two other office spaces. The top floor is
the new living quarters for Franz
and Maria von Atzigen, who hail from, yes, Switzerland. Franz
is retired from a 31-year career with
the Swiss Foreign Service. His last assignment was acting ambassador
at the Swiss Embassy in Singapore. The von Atzigens have owned
a seasonal home in PGI since 2002. Swiss Chocolate Plus (the
plus meaning coffee and other treats) and the art gallery Joe
Mathis are their enterprises. Many of the works displayed in
the art gallery are the product of Maria’s
artist father, who passed away in 2002. The Mediterranean-style
building was designed by Teresa Scott of the George Palermo architectural
firm in Sarasota. It was built by Taylor Contractors of Florida
in Punta Gorda.
Town Development’s Jim Westmoreland
envisions a one-stop shopping venue for
builders and rehabbers at his 21-unit office/industrial complex
on Acline Road between U.S. 41 and Taylor Street. The U-shaped,
old-Florida style structure is architecturally attractive, something,
Westmoreland says, that new construction in Punta Gorda should
be. Old Town is now up and running.
Isles Yacht Club
recipient, the new Isles Yacht Club is another old-Florida style
building. The new 14,000-square-foot clubhouse is completed.
Thanks to Commodore Fred Dawson, Fleet Captain Dick Condon, and
member John Bush for tramping through the construction site with
us and, along with other members, for their enthusiasm and hospitality.
The building’s architect
is ADP Group of Sarasota. The builder is WG Mills of Fort Myers.
St. Mary's Primitive Baptish Church
St. Mary's Primitive Baptish Church.
Thomas Ryan Realty
The original structure was built around the turn of the 20th
century, with additions being made to the building until around
1912. The Thomas Ryan Associates offices were opened in 2000.
In 2004, the entire building was demolished after Hurricane Charley,
and in 2005 a bigger and better building was erected in the perfect
downtown location. Now, many share the use of this great
building, including the TEAM Punta Gorda office and the Punta
Gorda Chamber of Commerce office.