A new "amenity"
surface in a
number of places
To be sure, America’s rising retirees still require resort-style amenities that
so many communities o;er—everything from golf courses to tennis courts
to ;tness centers and compelling clubhouse facilities. But a new “amenity”
starting to surface in a number of places is medical centers and/or access to
health care facilities and services.
At a recent meeting of the Urban Land Institute’s Master-Planned
Communities Council, members discussed various factors that homebuyers
are starting to value more when they look for the ideal community, and
convenience to health care was a growing trend.
Florida’s Race for Health care Dominance
One of Florida’s larger landowners and developers, Kitson & Partners, is one
group placing a premium on these types of communities, according to Debra
Dremann, the company’s senior vice president for planning and strategic
“MPC stands for master-planned community, but I think that we’re now
entering the age when developers have to think about providing master-planned
convenience,” Dremann was quoted as saying. “;e latest research suggests that
Case in point, Dremann added, is Babcock Ranch, a 17,000-acre development being planned by Kitson & Partners in southwest Florida.