If you’ve ever driven on US-41 through Bonita Springs, a 16th century Spanish galleon may have caught your attention. This landmark once housed an upscale restaurant and then later a bingo parlor and also a nightclub. However, it has been empty for about seven years. Rumors swirled for some time of what would become of the ship.
The ship sits on 3.62 acres was listed for $4 million. A New York-based developer has confirmed that the ship will be torn down and a new senior living community will take its place. A $50,000 demolition is scheduled for Friday, November 13th.
United Group, a limited liability company has purchased the land the ship sits on for $1.7 million and also a 3.8 acre parcel just south of the ship for $2.4 million. They will combine the two properties to build a 295,000 square-foot senior living community for active adults ages 55 and up.
There will be 11 different floor plans offering one and two bedroom units in the first three stories of the building and penthouses on the fourth. They also plan to build a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse with a bistro bar, fitness center, media room, activities room, salon, and commercial kitchen. A variety of amenities offered will include an outdoor patio, large pool area, boccie courts, and a putting green. The apartments are expected to rent for $1,900 a month to $4,200 a month.