A Canadian developer has started clearing land for a new community being built on the North end of Bonita Springs just South of Strike Lane and East of Old U.S. 41.

Minto Communities plans to build 220 single family homes and villas in the community which is named Bonita Isles. Minto recently purchased the 85  acre parcel, paying $4,250,000 to VOBN Land Investment LLC. Bonita Isles will be a gated community with two large lakes and reserves.

Minto, which has announced plans to build in the new Sabal Bay development in East Naples, is also a builder in the Lockford neighborhood at the North Naples golf course community TwinEagles and is building the company’s first two models there. The company, which started in Ottawa in 1955, built their first homes on the East coast of Florida in the late 1970′s. To date, Minto has built 67,000 new homes and manages a large portfolio of both residential and commercial real estate primarily in Canada.