The annual Evening With the Developer event was held this week, with The Villages president and CEO providing updates on a number of topics.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
Complaints and Suggestions
The Villages has never been accused of being the most open/transparent organization, nor the most likely to take resident feedback into account.
But you have to give them some credit in trying to change that perception, one example being these “Evening with the Developer” events.
Another way they used to garner feedback were the annual Resident Surveys, but those were only done once a year.
As a replacement, at this year’s event they announced a new feedback form that’s available on their website where both residents and non-residents can submit opinions and complaints year round.
Another nice announcement was that they are planning to build a second woodworking shop.
The original 8,000 sq. ft. shop off of Rolling Acres Rd. has been around since 2002 and has grown so much that the need for a 2nd location is apparent.
The Villages will be working with The Villages Woodworkers Club to bring this project to fruition and they are planning to put it near Eisenhower Recreation Center.
The Evening with the Developer event is usually when we finally get to hear about stats on resales, and we learned that The Villages sold 2,215 resales last year. This figure does not include homes sold by outside/MLS agents or homes sold by owner.
I’d have to go back and check my numbers, but I think this is the first year that resales surpassed new home sales.
In other news…
We first heard about the Brownwood Hotel & Spa coming soon to The Villages last year, and this week Florida Governor Rick Scott was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Today, I was proud to be in The Villages to kick off construction of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood. The Villages is a prime example of our state’s economic success – Florida has created more than 1.5 million jobs since Dec. 2010 because of projects like this one pic.twitter.com/lhtXx1vqOB
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) May 10, 2018
Also while in town, Governor Scott…who is currently running for U.S. Senate…visited with a small group of veterans at Eisenhower Recreation Center. [The Villages Daily Sun]
Last Saturday was Cinco de Mayo. It rained. Here’s a video from Villages-News: