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**Urban Projects in Palm Beach County**

Boca Raton

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Boca Grand: 8 floors of residential above ground level retail

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Royal Palm Place Phase I: Replacing an upscale shopping center's parking lot, the first phase of Royal Palm Place will be a nine-story plus penthouse development consisting of 169 luxury rental units and 38,000 square feet of Class A office space, anchored by 50,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

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Royal Palm Place Phase II: This will add a 250-room boutique hotel, more retail space directly on the Promenade, and townhouse lofts.

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Palmetto Place: 9 floors of residential above ground level retail. It includes a new, brick-paved/pedestrian friendly street and a fountain roundabout, which fits in nicely to the existing city grid.

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Mizner Park: Already completed, with retail with apartments and offices above, plazas, townhomes, a 9 story residential tower, movie theatres, art museum, amphitheatre, and a planned concert hall (top left) and holocaust museum (bottom right).

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Delray Beach

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Meridian: I like this project alot! It's being built on Federal Highway, where most of Delray's 1950's car dealerships were located. But they've been torn down, and we get this beautiful Live/Work project. I don't think it has any street level retail, which is disappointing, but it's still a beautiful addition to downtown.

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Mallory Square: Most of Mallory Square is complete, and residents are moving in. This British-Colonial style townhome development is located across the street from the Meridian. The units are oriented towards the street and its new wide brick sidewalks.

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Ocean City Lofts: Two 3-4 story buildings will sit on both sides of N.E. 4th Avenue. The modern look will be a welcome change from our usual Mediterranean style. The lofts will be above new retail, making the street more walkable.

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New Public Library: Expected completion is Spring 2005. The new library will be oriented towards the street, with a desperately needed public parking garage behind it. A cafe/bookstore will be included. The site is located on West Atlantic Avenue, where many other urban rejuvination projects are being built. This will greatly help redevlop the blighted West Atlantic district.

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Atlantic Grove: This is located on West Atlantic Avenue, near the new library. It's one of my favorite projects. Two 3-story buildings will line the streets, with ground floor retail and offices/lofts above. Townhomes have already been completed behind the 3-story buildings. This is a wonderful example of private investment in a decaying area. Along with the new library, Atlantic Grove will open the doors for new development to come!

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West Palm Beach

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Magnolia Court: This has already been completed. They resemble the townhomes down in Delray Beach. Magnolia Court is located in a historic neighborhood of low-medium density residences, on tree-lined Olive Avenue. I think they blend in well with their neighborhood.

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The Annex: This is an extension of Magnolia Court. It adds new street level retail along Dixie Highway, a gateway into downtown lined with low-density commercial. Two floors of lofts will be located above the new retail. This will tie in the Dixie Highway area with Magnolia Court.

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One City Plaza:

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Two City Plaza: better pics coming soon

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610 Clematis: Clematis Street is a hot street with clubs, restaurants and fountains. This 8-story building will anchor the street, and finally connect the Clematis District to the Cityplace District in a pedestrian sense.

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The EDIT Button isn't available on my first post anymore. I guess I updated it too many times... So I guess I'll continue it:

Boca Raton II

Delray Beach II

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Pineapple Grove Village:

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West Palm Beach II

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The Metropolitan: New residences and retail in the Cityplace District of West Palm Beach

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Here's a new project in Delray Beach. It's down the street from Pineapple Grove Village and a block away from OceanCityLofts. It's in the Pineapple Grove part of town. Here's the scoop on Pineapple Grove: A while back, the city added brick sidewalks and fancy lighting to N.E. 2nd Ave (Pineapple Grove Way). At each intersection, a roundabout was added. All the investments payed off. Projects like Citywalk are going in the place of a do-it-yourself carwash, abandoned buildings, and surface parking lots. Here it is:

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Citywalk: 40 residences above retail and restaurants.

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EXCLUSIVE REPORTS

From the May 14, 2004 print edition

Palm Beach Gardens is becoming a retail hot spot

Peter Glazer owns one of the hottest steakhouses in Manhattan. Now he plans to bring it to Florida.

Examining demographics, growth and the marketplace for a restaurant that averages $60 a person, Glazer first considered South Beach. Then he chose to open his Strip House in Palm Beach Gardens.

How does a small north Palm Beach County city beat out a popular playground of models and celebrities?

"That area is one of the hottest areas in the country right now. We're very lucky to get in there," said Glazer, who will open the Strip House in the Downtown at the Gardens retail center on PGA Boulevard in summer 2005.

The 340,000-square-foot Downtown at the Gardens, owned by Palm Beach Gardens-based Menin Development Cos., has agreements with three restaurants and a retailer that have chosen to make their Florida debuts there.

Craig Menin, president of Menin Development, said that five or six restaurants were competing in each category for space.

Many retailers are looking past other established hot spots like South Beach and Boca Raton to tap into affluent Palm Beach Gardens, real estate experts say.

"I understand they're trying to create another Boca Raton up there and it could be more than that," said CB Richard Ellis senior associate Orin Rosenfeld. "In Palm Beach County, that is the spot, I'd say, at this point."

Renee Behnke, president of Sur La Table, heard the hype at her company headquarters in Seattle. The retailer, which sells fine cooking equipment and kitchenware, has most of its 40 stores on the U.S. West Coast. It is now planning to open several new stores in Florida.

For its inaugural venue, Behnke looked at Bal Harbour, Miami, Naples, Orlando and Jacksonville. But Sur La Table has agreed to open in Downtown at the Gardens, although the lease hasn't been signed yet.

Behnke reviewed national demographic studies by several companies and Palm Beach Gardens was consistently near the top of the lists, she said.

Yard House CEO Steele Platt looked at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, but chose Downtown at the Gardens as well for his first restaurant on the U.S. East Coast because he liked the project and the growing community.

The Irvine, Calif.-based restaurant chain, known for its extensive selection of draft beer, could eventually have 10 locations in Florida, Platt said.

The city's main competition for high-end retail remains Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens growth management coordinator Charles Wu said.

So is there a rivalry brewing?

Boca Raton doesn't compete with Palm Beach Gardens, said Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce President Mike Arts. Palm Beach Gardens is still developing, while Boca Raton is already built out.

"Our market is a little more mature and the competition is more stiff," Arts said.

But the development of Palm Beach Gardens is similar to Boca Raton, said John Tompson, VP of Kolter Property Co. in West Palm Beach.

Boca Raton had similar growth when master-planned community developer Arvida started building there in the 1970s and 1980s, said Tompson, whose has developed residential property in both cities.

"Arvida carefully planned where each and every parcel was going to go," he said. "You've got exactly that situation in the Gardens and I can't think of any other situation like that. If we could find any more property up there right now, we'd buy it."

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That's cool! PBG is really becoming high-end, and lots of urban projects are going in. Boca may be better, but I think that if the PBG developers do this right, PBG will feel more urban. Boca really doesn't have a good pedestrian environment.

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