Pompano Beach moves to redevelop its aging, underutilized downtown area

Pompano Beach, a centrally located seaside city in Broward County, is developing an “innovation district” as part of a plan to renovate its aging, downtown center. The city has been working “to build a second century downtown since 2007,” said Thomas DiGiorgio, an architect and builder who is chairman of the Pompano Beach Economic Development Council, a public-private organization. Among the goals is creating new economic appeal for the city and making it more attractive for companies, their employees, tourists and year-round residents. DiGiorgio was one of the speakers at the Urban Land Institute symposium on Friday, held in Pompano Beach’s new cultural center. The event attracted about 200 people, including local government officials, developers and business representatives. The plan is to develop about 750,000 ...

Minto starts building Westlake models

Minto Communities began construction of six model homes at Westlake, a 3,800-acre master-planned community that became the newest municipality in Palm Beach County about a year ago. Minto expects to finish the fully furnished model homes to coincide with the grand opening of the Westlake sales center in fall. Minto’s models will serve as examples of its Cypress Collection and its Indigo Collection. The Cypress Collection encompasses homes with 14 floor plans ranging in size from 1,483 square feet to 4,025 square feet, with two to five bedrooms and bathrooms and two- and three-car garages. Homes in the Indigo Collection are larger, with 11 floor plans ranging from 2,410 square feet to 4,443 square feet. Indigo homes will have two to six bedrooms, two to ...

Publix coming to Manalapan retail center

Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson & Partners began construction of a Publix supermarket as part of the redevelopment of the Plaza del Mar shopping center in Manalapan. The 28,000-square-foot Publix store is expected to open in about a year and will serve as an anchor at Plaza del Mar. The Manalapan shopping center measures 102,715 square feet, and its tenants include Chico’s, Evelyn & Arthur, John G’s and The Ice Cream Club, according to Kitson’s website. [Palm Beach Post] – Mike Seemuth From The Real Deal Miami via http://ift.tt/2u1FvXk

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Conservationist to buy Lion Country Safari, plans expansion

The owners of Lion Country Safari will sell the park to wildlife conservationist Marcella Leone, according to published reports. Lion Country Safari Inc., led by Leon Unterhalter, Harold Kramer and Marc Unterhalter, is selling the 640-acre attraction at 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, the Sun Sentinel reported. The company has owned the property since 1986, records show. Leone is founder and director of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Leo Zoological Conservation Center, a 100-acre property that’s on the market for $39 million. A sales price for Lion Country Safari was not disclosed, but the appraised market value of the Palm Beach County land is $9.67 million. The zoo features about 1,000 animals from six continents, and is home to one of the largest herd of rhinos and zebras in ...

Palm Beach Gardens mall aims at better tenant mix

The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens is remaking itself following the departure of such tenants as Burberry, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Electric car manufacturer Tesla will open a retail showroom at the mall by fall, and the Apple Store at The Gardens will expand from 6,000 square feet to 8,300 square feet, making it the mall’s biggest store. In addition, athletic apparel company Lululemon will move into space formerly occupied by Cache. Al Ferris, the leasing manager of The Gardens, told the Palm Beach Post that the mall is in the midst of a “remake” that will deemphasize luxury merchandise stores in favor of a broader variety of tenants, including such restaurants as Jupiter-based Park Avenue BBQGrille and Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant. [Palm Beach ...