Located at the edge of the Boca Grande Historic District, the Boca Blooms Flower Shop was originally constructed in 1979. After the property was purchased in 2014, all of the disciplines at Morris-Depew Associates collaborated to establish a redevelopment plan to support the existing Flower Shop and expand the services offered to include sundries.
The Planning Department spearheaded the request for Certificate of Appropriateness due to the property’s location within the Historic District. The Engineering and Landscape Architecture Departments collaborated on site redevelopment and enhanced landscape plans. The Survey Department supported these efforts with surveying of the existing property and existing improvements. Ultimately the redevelopment proposal was approved and deemed to be consistent with historical character of the Boca Grande Community.
In 2016, the property owner purchased the adjacent lot to the north and the professionals at Morris-Depew Associates went to work again establishing a redevelopment plan for the property. The result was a small commercial plaza that incorporated and enhanced the existing historic Flower Shop with public and customer gathering spaces and a Tea Room.
The Planning Team navigated the commercial limitations to existing commercial property on the Gasparilla Island as well as the required approvals from the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board and requests for Zoning relief. The Landscape Architecture Department designed the outdoor spaces, gathering areas, and enhance plantings to enhance the existing development while promoting a cohesive design across the two properties. The Surveying and Engineering Departments supported these efforts through the Development Order process and approval.
The project represents a long-term collaborative effort of the MDA Team to rehabilitate and redevelopment the property in a manner that will enrich and sustain the character of the Boca Grande Historic District.