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Martin County rejects 2,400-plus homes on 2,600 acres in proposed Harmony Ranch community

County commissioners unanimously denied a proposal to develop more than 2,400 houses on a 2,600-acre site in southwest Martin County. The proposed residential development on a rural property called Harmony Ranch would have required changes to the county’s comprehensive land-use plan. In the last 15 years, the county commission has rejected multiple proposals to develop Harmony Ranch, which long has been used for cattle ranching. A company called Hobe Sound Ranch proposed changing the land-use designation of the 2,600-acre site from one allowing one residential unit per 20 acres to designations allowing denser residential development. Hobe Sound ranch also wanted changes to the county’s comprehensive plan that would have allowed for the extension of water and sewer service to Harmony Ranch. The property, west of ...

Construction starts on Four Seasons hotel and condominium in Fort Lauderdale

The postponed construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale started this week. The foundation of the Four Seasons is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The hotel-and-condominium building is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2020. Fort Partners, led by Miami developer Nadim Ashi, is building the Fort Lauderdale property together with Toronto-based Four Seasons. Ashi, who holds the Four Seasons franchise for the east coast of Florida, delayed the groundbreaking for a year while he focused on finishing construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences at The Surf Club in Surfside. The 22-story Four Seasons development at 505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard will have 130 hotel rooms and 90 residential condominium units. ...

Central Florida developer plans rental development in Palm Beach Gardens

A developer based in Central Florida plans to acquire vacant land in Palm Beach Gardens for construction of a 263-unit apartment property. Winter Park-based P.A.C. Land Development Corp., led by Tom Cavanaugh, has a contract to buy the 11.68-acre vacant site in Palm Beach Gardens, the South Florida Business Journal reported. The developer’s planning firm, Cotleur & Hearing Landscape Company, filed an application for approval of the planned rental property development, called Latitude Apartments. Don Hearing of Jupiter-based Cotleur & Hearing wrote an application for city approval of Latitude Apartments, noting that the development would be “a high-end rental project that is designed to primarily serve young professionals.” The proposed development site is at the southeast corner of Central Boulevard and Victoria Falls Boulevard, just ...

RJS buys Carl’s Plaza near Palm Beach Gardens, plans renovations

Restaurants, retail shops, a fitness center and more is coming to the old Carl’s Plaza off Federeal Highway in Palm Beach Gardens. Bass Pro Shops just released a retail development site near Palm Beach Gardens. Property records show an affiliate of the outdoor sporting goods retailer just sold Carl’s Plaza at 11940 US Highway 1 for $7 million. The company originally intended to build one of its World Wide Sportsman stores on the 6-acre site, but plans fell through. Bass Pro Shops paid $5.5 million for the property in 2014, and won county commission approval shortly thereafter to build up to 70,600 square feet of retail on the site, as well as a covered area for boats. The buyer, RJS Realty Group, will take over ...

Mixed-use development to unfold around the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach

The Cordish Companies formed a joint venture with Eldorado Resorts Inc., owner of Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, to build a mixed-use development around the casino and harness racing track in Pompano Beach. The 223-acre development would include an office campus, a hotel, residences, and space for retail stores and restaurants. Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher said in a prepared statement that city officials “look forward to working closely together with The Cordish Companies and Eldorado Resorts in creating a destination like no other.” Reno, Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts acquired the Pompano Beach property as part of its $1.7 billion purchase of Isle of Capri Casinos in 2017. Eldorado owns and operates a total of 20 casino properties in ten states. Among other Florida projects, Baltimore-based ...