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RELEASE – March 6, 2018

February West Villages Florida Sales Maintain Impressive Momentum 

 

West Villages, FL — For the second straight month, West Villages Florida builders have sold more than 110 homes. February’s total sales of 114 almost matched January’s 117 – a record breaking number for this master-planned community.

For the second  year in a row, West Villages has been ranked among the five fastest-selling master planned communities in the United States.

“The strong sales pace has accelerated this season reflecting a great demand for the homes in West Villages Florida,” said Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages. “Having some of the best builders in the country coupled with the best Florida lifestyle has appealed to a wide variety of homebuyers. With another new community joining West Villages, we will have even more to offer potential buyers.”

The pace was led by DiVosta’s IslandWalk, Lennar’s Gran Paradiso, WCI’s Sarasota National and Neal Communities’ Grand Palm. West Villages’ two newest communities, Renaissance Mattamy Homes’ Renaissance and D.R. Horton’s Preserve, also each had a strong February.

“We believe the West Villages area’s growth is contributing to the impressive sales we have seen in Renaissance since its opening last fall,” said Jim Birkholz, President of Mattamy’s Tampa-Sarasota Division. “Homes in Renaissance at West Villages are selling well because of the high quality construction and the incredible community being built around it in West Villages.”

When the new Oasis at West Villages by M/I Homes opens later this spring, it will add to the impressive homebuilder diversity that is contributing to the strong sales. With eight prominent builders in seven communities, the strength of West Villages is in the choices it gives to buyers in a highly attractive area for those currently living in and looking to relocate to Florida.

 

About West Villages Florida

The 15,500 acres that comprise West Villages Florida (www.MyWestVillages.com) are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in Sarasota County. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (www.MattamyHomes.com), the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers.  John Burns Real Estate Consulting and RCLCO Real Estate Advisors named West Villages the 5th fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the country.

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RELEASE – May 31, 2018

New West Villages Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant Supporting Residential and Commercial Growth

West Villages, FL — A new Wastewater Treatment Plant in West Villages Florida will add critical infrastructure to meet the demands of one of the top 5 fastest selling master-planned communities in the United States including its future residential and commercial needs.

West Villages Florida, along with the City of North Port and the West Villages Improvement District (WVID) celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant this week. The $45 million facility is financed primarily by the developer and secondarily by the WVID. When complete in January of 2020, the facility will be handed over to the City of North Port for operations.

“This is an important milestone for West Villages,” said Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages Florida. “This infrastructure will enable us to complete West Villages Florida’s residential and commercial components for the entire 15,500 acre project.”

The plant was designed by Kimley Horn and is being built by Garney Construction, which specializes in water plants. It is designed to similar specifications as North Port’s existing wastewater treatment plant, which was built about 10 years ago so that the same staff can operate both of the facilities with only minimal new training.

Reclaimed water (or highly treated wastewater) from the plant will be used for irrigation across West Villages for both commercial and residential properties.

West Villages is designing and building the treatment plant with an initial 2 million-cubic-gallon-a-day capacity. The plant is being designed modularly so it can be expanded in increments of 2 million gallons as the community grows. With the infrastructure already in place, future expansion will be less expensive.

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RELEASE – May 09, 2018

M/I Homes Announces Grand Opening

M/I Homes Announces Grand Opening of Newest Community, Oasis at West Villages, Saturday, May 12, 2018

(Sarasota, FL)—M/I Homes is excited to announce the Grand Opening of its newest community, Oasis at West Villages Florida on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to walk the neighborhood, chat with sales professionals, and tour two brand new decorated model homes — the Crystal and the Holiday. Food and beverages will be provided by Sarasota Catering, and visitors may enter to win giveaways throughout the day.

Oasis is located at 19806 Bridgetown Loop near the intersection of River Road and Tamiami Trail in West Villages — one of the fastest-selling master-planned communities in the nation with 10,000 acres of  planned parks and trails; great shopping, dining and entertainment. It's also the soon-to-be home of the Atlanta Braves new spring-training complex, West Villages Marketplace and a town center. In addition, Oasis is within walking distance of the Myakka River, and just ten miles from both the beach and downtown Venice.

Homes in Oasis sit on 60-ft- and 70-ft-wide homesites tucked into a nature preserve complete with walking paths, ponds, and a bridge to the brand new 33-acre West Villages park. Homeowners can enjoy resort style living in this gated maintenance-free community featuring a community pool, pickleball court and clubhouse with a gorgeous preserve as its centerpiece. Homes range from 2,100 sq ft to more than 4,000 sq ft and start in the mid $300s. All homes feature tile roofs, three-car garages, outdoor living spaces, and open floor plans, as well as a number of included appointments and available options homeowners can now select in the brand-new Sarasota design center.

To learn more about this exciting event and to RSVP, visit https://www.mihomes.com/events/agent-consumer/sarasota-metro/oasis-grand-opening

ABOUT M/I HOMES:

M/I Homes, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading builders of quality single-family homes, having delivered more than 100,000 homes since its foundation in 1976. The Company’s innovative, award-winning homes are marketed and sold under the trade names M/I Homes and Showcase Homes. In addition to Cincinnati, the Company has homebuilding operations in Houston Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Indiana; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando, Florida; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

About West Villages Florida

The 15,500 acres that comprise West Villages Florida (www.MyWestVillages.com) are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in Sarasota County. The Master-Planned Community is comprised of the neighborhoods of Gran Paradiso, Grand Palm, IslandWalk, Oasis, Renaissance, Sarasota National and The Preserve. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (www.MattamyHomes.com), the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers.  John Burns Real Estate Consulting and RCLCO Real Estate Advisors named West Villages the 5th fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the country.

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RELEASE – April 27, 2018

West Villages Florida Closes First Quarter with Record Breaking Sales

West Villages, FL— With a strong March sales total of 115 homes, West Villages Florida closes the first quarter with 346 home sales – a 38 percent increase over 2017’s first quarter.

The 346 sales puts West Villages’ annual sales for the period ending March 31, 2018 at 1,051 home sales – a record 4-quarter sales total for the master-planned community. This record-breaking sales quarter in West Villages marks an increase of 29 percent over the annual sales period ending March 31, 2017.

With seven communities from eight of the country’s most respected home builders, West Villages has been among the country’s top 5 highest selling communities for two straight years.

“We’ve been looking forward to this phase of growth for some time. Adding three new communities with strong sales are helping us surpass a previously record-breaking 2017,” said Paul Erhardt, president of West Villages Florida. “The variety of offerings we have built for buyers gives them the ability to truly live ‘life your way’.”

The three newest communities in the West Villages area sold a total of 23 homes in March. Renaissance at West Villages by Mattamy Homes, The Preserve at West Villages by D.R. Horton and Oasis at West Villages by M/I Homes all began sales in the past nine months and have opened with great success. The newest homebuilder in West Villages sold its first homes in Oasis in March. 

"M/I Homes is grateful to be a part of the West Villages Florida family. We now are pre-selling and off to a great start with our Grand Opening scheduled for May,” said David C. Hunihan, M/I Homes Area President – Sarasota. “Oasis at West Villages is a gated enclave perfectly suited for the West Villages buyer with 60- and 70-ft wide homesites and we look forward to contributing to one of the fastest-selling communities in the U.S.”

The neighborhoods of Sarasota National by WCI, Grand Palm by Neal Communities, IslandWalk by DiVosta and Gran Paradiso by Sam Rodgers Homes and Lennar all kept their blistering home sales pace in 2018 to help the master-planned community to achieve these record sales numbers.

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RELEASE – January 10, 2018

West Villages Florida Listed in Top 5 US Master-Planned Communities for 2nd Straight Year

West Villages, FL — Selling 992 homes landed West Villages Florida in the coveted top five highest-selling master-planned communities. The 2017 report by industry leader John Burns Real Estate Consulting is cementing West Villages’ place among elite master-planned communities across the country.

This makes two consecutive years for West Villages in the top five. The speed of growth is being recognized among experts, considering the community's relative youth. "It has been a rapid rise," said Lesley Deutch, a Principal at John Burns. "For West Villages to be competing with bigger, more established communities is really impressive."

West Villages, located between the cities of Venice and North Port in Sarasota County, saw significant events spurring growth in 2017. The groundbreaking of a new Spring Training complex for the Atlanta Braves and Mattamy Homes introducing its new Renaissance community were two major steps forward for the community.

West Villages has a two-year sales total of 1,840 homes and the community’s popularity has not gone unnoticed. "The velocity of sales in such a short period of time is impressive," Deutch said. "It is attracting people because it is affordable and very close to the beach."

Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages Florida, is looking forward to another big year in 2018. "We are very pleased with the continued strong growth in 2017 at West Villages and look forward to an even greater 2018 as we introduce two additional new master-planned communities by D.R. Horton and M/I Homes," he said.

D.R. Horton already is selling homes in The Preserve at West Villages, which has just opened, and M/I Homes will open Oasis at West Villages in the first quarter of 2018.

The newest neighborhoods of Renaissance, The Preserve and Oasis join Grand Palm from Neal Communities, Gran Paradiso from Sam Rodgers Homes and Lennar, Island Walk by DiVosta and Sarasota National by WCI. The seven neighborhoods offer buyers a wide variety of floorplans, amenities and prices, all in a desirable coastal area. West Villages truly has something for everybody. Residents can play pickleball, tennis or golf or they can volunteer or participate in community events or they can do absolutely nothing. This is the essence of the "Life Your Way" model.

Master-planned communities hit sales records across the country this year with a 20 percent jump in sales over 2016's numbers. The top 50 master-planned communities in the country sold more than 28,000 homes last year – a 4,000-home sale jump from the previous year.

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RELEASE – October 1, 2017

West Villages home sales spike in October

West Villages, FL — Homebuilders had a grand slam October in West Villages Florida selling 92 homes as the community celebrated a groundbreaking for the new Atlanta Braves Spring Training campus in the master-planned community.

October is the fourth month in 2017 in which builders have sold more than 90 homes. West Villages Florida has been listed as the fourth fastest-selling master planned community in the United States by two different agencies in the past year.

Renaissance at West Villages by Mattamy Homes only opened in August and already has sold more than 50 homes.

"Our new Renaissance at West Villages neighborhood is being incredibly well-received," said Jim Birkholz, President of Mattamy's Tampa-Sarasota Division. "We are seeing great sales as the result of high-visit volume and some great homes in one of the most beautiful communities in the country."

In early October, D.R. Horton opened The Preserve just off River Road and West Villages Parkway. The Preserve is named in the spirit of those conservation lands, with beautiful homesites designed to meld with the natural landscape. Homeowners may choose between five single-family home plans, ranging from 1,641 to 2,587 square feet of living space. Standard features include flat-tile roofs and paver driveways, lanais and entryways.

Builder diversity in West Villages means that buyers have eight homebuilders to choose from in seven distinct neighborhoods in Sarasota County. At Gran Paradiso, homebuilders Lennar and Sam Rodgers Homes have been the top selling community in West Villages all year and October was no exception.

Divosta’s Island Walk community, Neal Communities’ Grand Palm and WCI’s Sarasota National all sold well in October.

About West Villages Florida
The 15,500 acres that comprise West Villages Florida (www.MyWestVillages.com) are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in Sarasota County. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (www.MattamyHomes.com), the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers. John Burns Real Estate Consulting and RCLCO Real Estate Advisors named West Villages the 4th fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the country.

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RELEASE – September 1, 2017

STATE APPROVES FUNDING FOR BRAVES SPRING TRAINING COMPLEX

SARASOTA COUNTY - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Thursday conditionally approved $20 million in funding for the new Atlanta Braves spring training complex being developed in West Villages in North Port. Earlier this summer, The West Villages Improvement District, along with Sarasota County, the City of North Port and the Atlanta Braves, filed the grant application seeking funding to help with facility construction costs.

This is the final piece of funding necessary to move the project forward. "We are pleased to have the state join the partnership of the city, county, West Villages Improvement District, Mattamy Homes and the Atlanta Braves to make this a reality," said West Villages Improvement District Chairman Martin Black, AICP, ICMA-CM.

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RELEASE – August 22, 2017

MATTAMY HOMES OPENS RENAISSANCE AT WEST VILLAGES

West Villages, Fla. — Renaissance at West Villages is celebrating its grand opening, Saturday, August 19, from noon until 4 p.m. Mattamy Homes is opening four professionally decorated models as well as an onsite Sales Center and Design Studio. At completion there will be about 650 single family and paired villas in this new, gated neighborhood.

Ideally located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Myakka River and just 10 minutes from Interstate 75, West Villages in south Sarasota County is on its way to becoming the most desirable new community in Florida.

“We are so pleased with the enthusiastic response to our new designs and floor plans, explained Mattamy’s Tampa-Sarasota Division President Jim Birkholz. “We have already sold more than 30 homes and will welcome our first residents this fall.”

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RELEASE – July 7, 2017

WEST VILLAGES RANKS 4TH IN NATIONAL MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY SALES

West Villages Ranks 4th in National Master-Planned Community Sales
West Villages, Fla. — RCLCO Real Estate Advisors has ranked West Villages Florida as the 4th Top-Selling Master-Planned Community in the United States in the first half of the year.
Already one of the fastest-selling new home communities in the United States, West Villages in south Sarasota County had 526 sales in the first half of 2017.
“We are proud to be ranked so highly on this prestigious list,” said Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages. “The momentum we are building is beginning to capture national attention as we put in place the building blocks for West Villages to be the most desirable new home town in the country.”
The community is home to the area’s finest and most reputable builders including Mattamy Homes, Neal Communities, Lennar, DiVosta, WCI Communities, Sam Rodgers Homes, D.R. Horton and M/I Homes.
West Villages also recently placed in the number four slot on the annual John Burns Real Estate Consulting list of top-selling master-planned communities in the United States. There were 848 new home sales in West Villages in 2016. West Villages is comprised of five actively selling neighborhoods, including Sarasota National, Gran Paradiso, Grand Palm, Island Walk and Renaissance. Two new communities are planned to open later this year.

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RELEASE – June 20, 2017

WEST VILLAGES NAMES PAUL J. ERHARDT PRESIDENT

West Villages Names Paul J. Erhardt President
West Villages, FL — A veteran community developer, Paul J. Erhardt has been named President of the West Villages development team. Erhardt will direct all aspects development at West Villages, a 15,500-acre multi-builder, master-planned community in Sarasota County – the 4th fastest selling community in the United States.
Erhardt brings more than 13 years of experience in both homebuilding and community development in the region. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Homebuilding and Development for WCI Communities and he led WCI operations in Southwest Florida.
“I am excited to be a part of this dynamic and capable West Villages Florida team,” Erhardt said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to plan and develop an entirely new town which reflects the trends in the way people live today and try to anticipate the future.”
Erhardt has been in the homebuilding and development industry since 2001 and has a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
“We are pleased to have Paul directing the West Villages Florida Development,” said John Peshkin, Managing Partner of Vanguard Land, LLC. “He is an accomplished leader with a vision for the community.”
West Villages Florida is made up of seven contiguous neighborhoods: Sarasota National, Grand Palm, Gran Paradiso, Island Walk, Renaissance and the upcoming Preserve and Oasis. Together, they comprise the West Villages. Plans are in the works for a new downtown within the heart of the community, as well the Spring Training baseball facility for the Atlanta Braves.
“Sarasota County and the City of North Port leaders have ensured the complex will be used for many other purposes other than just the spring training games,” Erhardt said.

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RELEASE – June 14, 2017

STUDY CONSERVATIVELY PROJECTS BRAVES SPRING TRAINING WILL HAVE $1.7 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT

Study Conservatively Projects Braves Spring Training will have $1.7 Billion in Economic Impact
West Villages, FL — The new Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex being developed in West Villages Florida in North Port is expected to generate more than $1.7 billion in economic impact during the 30-year contract with the team.
On June 12, 2017, The West Villages Improvement District, along with Sarasota County, the City of North Port and the Atlanta Braves, filed a grant application with the State of Florida asking for $20 million to help with facility construction costs. The economic impact study is part of the application process.
“This conservative impact study shows what a dynamic impact the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex is going to have on North Port, Sarasota County and the region,” said West Villages Improvement District Chairman Martin Black, AICP, ICMA-CM. “We know this stadium and the excitement of Major League Baseball have more than just an economic impact, it will truly touch this community for two generations or more.”
The spring training complex will enhance and promote tourism while providing jobs and economic growth within the City of North Port and Sarasota County.
The Stantec study goes into great detail explaining how the company came to its conclusions about the economic impact of the spring training complex.
“Using the Total Direct Annual Expenses … the indirect and induced effects were estimated using the multiplier provided in the 2009 Major League Baseball Florida Spring Training Economic Impact Study Report, to estimate a total economic impact resulting from Direct Expenses,” the report reads.
The study looks at comparative Southwest Florida spring training facilities and even evaluates the fan base in segments to make sure the impact numbers reflect the real direct expenses. Conservatively, the study looks at the 6,500-seat stadium at a slowly rising attendance over the first 10 years of the deal.
“To understand the long-term economic impact of Atlanta Braves Spring Training in West Villages, the total economic impact over the next 30 years was calculated, in net present value, assuming a conservatively steady annual attendance growth rate of 1 percent for the first ten years, to 2028, maintaining approximately 82 percent stadium capacity, for the following 20 years,” the study reads.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sarasota County Media Relations [email protected], 941-861-NEWS (6397)
West Villages Communications [email protected], 941-483-6259
Atlanta Braves Public Relations [email protected], 404-614-1336

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RELEASE – May 30, 2017

WEST VILLAGES WELCOMES M/I HOMES

West Villages Welcomes M/I Homes
West Villages, Fla— West Villages Florida welcomes M/I Homes to one of the fastest selling Master- Planned Communities in the United States. M/I Homes is planning to build 136 homes in Oasis at West Villages, the community’s newest neighborhood. Oasis is conveniently located just off South Tamiami Trail, across from State College of Florida-Venice Campus.
M/I Homes will construct single family homes on 60’ and 70’ wide home sites. The homes will have tile roofs, three car garages, outdoor living spaces, open floor plans with the latest features and upgrades available, and they will range in size from about 2,100 sf to over 4,000 sf under air.
“We look forward to building in West Villages,” states M/I Homes Area President David Hunihan. “This is the first venture into South Sarasota County for M/I Homes, and we are excited to be a part of the growth here. West Villages has done such a great job of planning for the future, we think this will be one of the most desirable locations we offer. We can’t wait to get started!”
Perfectly situated between Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and the pristine Myakka River, West Villages is about ten minutes from Interstate 75 and 15 minutes from the Gulf Beaches. West Villages in South Sarasota County is the fourth fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the United States.
“M/I Homes is a wonderful complement for the homes already in West Villages. They bring a distinct style and quality that our future residents demand,” states West Villages General Manager Martin Black, AICP ICMA-CM.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sarasota County Media Relations [email protected], 941-861-NEWS (6397)
West Villages Communications [email protected], 941-483-6259
Atlanta Braves Public Relations [email protected], 404-614-1336

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RELEASE – MAY 28, 2017

DIOCESE OF VENICE CHOOSES LAND IN WEST VILLAGES FLORIDA FOR NEW CHURCH CAMPUS

West Villages, FL — The Diocese of Venice swapped vacant land and purchased additional lands for a total of 46 acres along River Road just south of the intersection with Tamiami Trail in West Villages Florida in the same development. The Diocese will build a new church campus since the land previously owned was not sufficient for the future parish site.
“This location in West Villages is an ideal location for the Diocese to expand, to meet existing and future pastoral needs due to rapid growth in the area,” said Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida. “This is all part of the strategic planning by the Diocese of Venice.”
The Diocese sold 20 acres of land it had owned in West Villages toward the new property. “This benefits both the Diocese and the residents of West Villages,” said West Villages General Manager, Martin Black, AICP, ICMA-CM. “We feel the property the Diocese had owned here is well suited for our commercial development.”
Because home sales in West Villages are brisk and the Diocese is continually considering pastoral needs, the deal is well timed. “It will be a great benefit to the people buying homes in West Villages to have a community resource like the one that the Diocese is developing,” Black said.

West Villages is the fourth fastest-selling community in the United States and the Diocese also is growing. “We are in the right place,” Smeryk said. “The deal is about planning and growth.”

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RELEASE – January 12, 2017

ATLANTA BRAVES IN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATIONS TO MAKE SARASOTA COUNTY NEW SPRING HOME SARASOTA COUNTY

The Atlanta Braves have announced that Sarasota County is the destination for the team's new spring training complex, and the team is in exclusive negotiations with the county and its partners at the West Villages. If the terms of an agreement can be reached, the Braves will move their spring training operations from Central Florida to Sarasota County as soon as the 2019 spring season, said Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk, who has been leading the team's efforts to secure a new spring training site.

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RELEASE – January 6, 2017

WEST VILLAGES #4 IN TOP-SELLING MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES

West Villages, FL— West Villages in south Sarasota County placed in the number four slot on the annual John Burns Real Estate Consulting list of top-selling master planned communities in the United States. There were 848 new home sales in West Villages in 2016. The West Villages is comprised of four existing neighborhoods—Sarasota National, Gran Paradiso, Grand Palm and Island Walk—with three new neighborhoods starting this year.

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RELEASE – August 31, 2016

WEST VILLAGES CONTINUES TO ATTRACT HOME BUYERS

West Villages, FL—Annual home starts in the West Villages area totaled 765 in the period ending June 30, 2016, according to MetroStudy. This includes the neighborhoods of Sarasota National, Grand Palm, IslandWalk at West Villages and Gran Paradiso at West Villages. Based on the same research, there were 611 starts in Lakewood Ranch and 261 in Palmer Ranch.

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RELEASE – June 20, 2016

RENAISSANCE AT WEST VILLAGES – NEW NEIGHBORHOOD, NEW HOMES, NEW PARK

West Villages, FL— Renaissance at West Villages is the first new neighborhood created by the partnership developing the 10,000-acre Master-Planned Community. Mattamy Homes is building about 650 paired villas and single family homes in this new neighborhood. Ideally located near Interstate 75 and just 15 minutes from the beach, West Villages in South Sarasota county is on its way to becoming the most desirable new community in southwest Florida.

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RELEASE – June 8, 2016

ATLANTA BRAVES CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS WITH SARASOTA COUNTY AND WEST VILLAGES

West Villages, Fla—Atlanta Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz has requested Sarasota County Commission continue discussions with the team about a potential Atlanta Braves’ spring training facility in Sarasota County. The proposed campus in the master-planned community of West Villages is envisioned to have training facilities, practice fields as well as a 7,500-seat stadium.

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