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ICI Homes Announces Groundbreaking of 46-Acre Tortoise Reserve at Oakmont

Press release from ICI Homes

Oakmont, one of Gainesville’s premier master-planned communities, will host a groundbreaking ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. on February 24th where the developer and local officials will gather at the entrance of the reserve to commemorate the occasion.

“The groundbreaking is an important milestone for the Oakmont community,” said Joe Blanco, north Florida division manager for ICI Homes. “Not only will the reserve continue to provide sanctuary for gopher tortoises, it will also serve as a passive amenity and learning opportunity for the Oakmont residents.”

Having undergone a recent enhancement, the 46-acre reserve will include over two miles of natural walking paths, a pedestrian-friendly bike rack, and informational signage that describes the local wildlife and habitat.

“Natural areas situated near residential communities, such as the Oakmont Tortoise Reserve, not only provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species, they also provide opportunities for people to view and learn about the local habitats that sustain them,” said professor Mark Hostetler. The developer consulted with the professor from the department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, IFAS, University of Florida, who provided educational content that will be displayed within the reserve.

The Oakmont community, which opened in 2014, features homes by five preferred builders, including the developer, ICI Homes, along with Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Barry Bullard Homes, Jeffrey M. Wilde, and Tommy Waters Custom Homes. Plans range in size from 1,500 square feet to 10,000-square feet. Single family homes start from the low $300s, and custom estate homes start from the low $400s to more than $2 million. 

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As a family-friendly community, Oakmont comes equipped with playground areas, a state of the art amenity center that includes a resort-style swimming pool with lap lanes, a multi-purpose field, and tennis courts.  Additionally, the community is within walking distance of a new elementary school slated to open in September of 2021. Oakmont is only fifteen minutes away from the University of Florida, located at 11701 Southwest 30th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. For more information, call (844) 886-4579 or visit www.OakmontFL.com.

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