LEXINGTON, Ky., May 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- When The Summit at Fritz Farms opens in March 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky (bit.ly/1XrHu1F) it will be a reflection of this renowned city’s culture of thoroughbred horse breeding and Kentucky bluegrass landscapes. Located on 60 acres, the $156 million mixed-use experiential development will be authentic to the history of the property and the beauty of the region.
“Fritz Farm dates back to the Revolutionary War and includes many beautiful artifacts on the property,” said Lindsay Bayer-Shipp, retail brand strategist for Bayer Properties. “We feel responsible for honoring the heritage of this property and telling its story to a new generation of visitors and residents.”
To ensure authenticity in landscape design and truly create a sense of place, Bayer Properties engaged Jon Carloftis, (bit.ly/1TutuiH) an award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest and author whose work has been acclaimed in publications such as Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Garden Design, Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living.
“Farm chic is how we are describing the ambiance of The Summit at Fritz Farm,” said Carloftis. “To create this contemporary interpretation of farm life we are repurposing period farm implements that were found on and near the property, as well as reusing much of the old and seasoned barn wood on interiors and for accents.”
The landscaping will be engaging and whimsical, providing surprises to entertain visitors throughout their experience. The plush landscaping will be beautiful and practical incorporating as many native plants and trees as possible. The Summit at Fritz Farm will include a sustainable arbor of trees designed to provide drainage for parking, an organic garden bed for chefs to grow fresh vegetables, and pocket parks throughout the development.
“It is important that The Summit at Fritz Farm is purposeful in its design. The retailers that are coming to the property expect a sense of place. In fact, the innovative brands we are attracting such as Bonobos, Cos Bar, Shake Shack and James Beard award-winning Chef Ouita Michel have all selected The Summit at Fritz Farm because of our commitment to offering an experience that complements their brand image,” added Bayer-Shipp.
A native of Lexington, Carloftis’ more than 25-year career in gardening began in New York City where he established himself as one of America’s pioneers in rooftop/small space gardening. Carloftis has created gardens for many high profile clients including Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, Mike Myers and Google.
The Summit at Fritz Farm will include 1 million square feet of retail and chef-driven restaurants and a food hall, luxury apartments, a boutique hotel and office space.
Birmingham, Alabama-based Bayer Properties LLC specializes in developing, leasing, managing and marketing mixed-use real estate properties nationwide. For more information, visit bayerproperties.com.
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