DAYTONA BEACH — When ICI Homes Chairman and CEO Mori Hosseini came up with the idea to create a "full life" community here, he envisioned a place where people of all ages and from all walks of life could come together.
That's exactly what he saw this past weekend at the grand opening of the first model homes at his new Mosaic community off of LPGA Boulevard, west of Interstate 95.
On Saturday, when the event was held, more than 1,000 people turned out, said Hosseini, adding that the crowd was so large at times that his staff was unable to count everyone.
"We saw young families with kids and we saw retirees," he said.
He added that when he dropped by on Sunday, he was thrilled to see the five model homes filled with people as well.
"For the weekend, we had over 1,500," he estimated.
Encouraged by the strong turnout, Hosseini said his company expects to quickly sell out its 350-lot first phase and is now working to prepare a second phase of the planned 1,200-home community.
When fully built out, Mosaic will stretch from Father Lopez Catholic High School north to Tournament Drive and Champion Elementary School.
The community will include a wide range of amenities including a residents' clubhouse with a fitness center and activities room, community pools, an amphitheater with covered stage for live music and community events, walking/jogging trails, a lake where residents will be able to fish, a boardwalk, a tot-friendly kids play area, a community garden and pocket parks. All homes at Mosaic are designed to be energy efficient with "smart" features that allow residents to control air-conditioning, heating, and lighting, via smart phone. WiFi hotspots will be located at gathering areas throughout the community.
Construction of the residents' clubhouse and main amenities area is expected to begin by year's end with construction time expected to be eight to 12 months, Hosseini said.
The initial phase consists of homes available in the area immediately west of the Florida Tennis Center, where the model homes are located and the residents' clubhouse and main amenities area are slated to be built, as well as homes available in the area next to Champion Elementary.
Mosaic abuts the south border of the 6,600-home Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community going up on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Halifax Humane Society. Mosaic also abuts Tiger Bay Preserve on the west and the existing Bayberry Lakes community on the east.
ICI Homes also recently announced that Adley Homes has signed on to be the preferred builder for Mosaic.
"Mosaic is one of the best master-planned communities in the area and I think with its convenient location and great amenities, Mosaic will be extremely successful," Jamie Adley, owner of Adley Homes, said in a news release.
Prices for homes range from the mid-$200,000s to more than $500,000. The homeowners association fee will be $100 a month.