Sheriff’s office, Publix, Palm Coast City Hall, Island Walk, Player’s Racquet Club, RaceTrac, Tuscan Gardens senior living.
PALM COAST, FL – November 5, 2015 – We have entered the slow season for local real estate sales, but that doesn’t mean things are at a standstill. There is plenty of news. Here are some tidbits:
Double Header Ribbon Cuttings
November 2nd marked the ribbon cutting for two major public venues, the new Palm Coast City Hall and a New Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center
Tuesday A.M., Governor Rick Scott was in town for the official opening of the new sheriff’s operations center. The large crowd had to contend with near record heat and bright sunshine, but the event went on in spite of the beautiful weather.
The new office is located at 901 Moody E. Blvd in Bunnell. The building was once Florida Memorial Hospital-Flagler. The building had remained vacant since the new Florida Hospital Flagler was opened in Town Center. The county purchased the old building for $1.23M in 2013 and undertook a $4.2M renovation.
Palm Coast City Hall
At 5:15, on Tuesday, Palm Coast city officials participated in a ribbon cutting officially opening the brand new Palm Coast City Hall in Town Center. This 43,000+ square foot building came in “on time and under budget” according to City Manager Jim Landon. The public was invited to participate in guided tours, beginning at 4:00 P.M. and continuing after the ribbon cutting until 8:00 P.M.
I was in the first tour group. I was impressed with the quality of construction and the efficient use of space. The building is warm and inviting without the opulence often attributed to the county government complex. The design will accommodate the future expansion that will surely be needed as Palm Coast continues to grow. Remember, there are still over 10,000 vacant in-fill lots within the city’s master plan.
Publix: Get used to calling the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center “Island Walk.” The first major opening in the redeveloped project was the new Publix, which opened on October 29th. About 50 shoppers were lined up when the doors swung open at 7 A.M. I was one of them.
The new store is 10,000 square feet larger than the old one. The additional space is apparent throughout the store with its huge produce department, expanded seafood, meat and dairy offerings, plus a pharmacy. Pizza lovers will appreciate the expanded freezer section.
New permits: A site development permit was issued that will allow work to begin on future stages of Island Walk’s redevelopment. The former Publix store will be gutted and re-faced for a Hobby Lobby. Upon completion, Island Walk will be comprised of 207,229 square feet.
The company’s website lists the following Island Walk tenants:
- The Brass Tap
- Metro Diner
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Salsa Mexican Restaurant
- Great Clips
- NY Pizzeria
- Wild Rice
- Leslie’s Pool Supply
- Tuesday Morning
- Eyeglass Express
- Coast Dental
- The UPS Store
- Palm Nails
- Florida Audiology
- Aimee’s Hallmark
- Hobby Lobby
- Nora’s Golden Scissors
- Mattress One
- JP Morgan Chase Bank
Player’s Racquet Club
For weeks, the site of the former Palm Coast Player’s Racquet Club has sported a “Sale Pending” sign. The property was under contract to local real estate developer Jim Cullis, but Jim has informed GoToby.com that he decided not to proceed with any project at that site and has terminated the purchase contract.
Tuscan Gardens of Palm Coast
But on another front, Cullis has revived his plan for a senior living campus on 17 acres of property he owns on the Southeast corner of Colbert Lane and Blare Drive. Previous plans for a senior living project on the site with Discovery Village died when Cullis and Discovery could not garner support for the proposed site plan from Palm Coast’s planning staff.
This time around, Cullis is advancing a similar project with an Orlando-based developer. Tuscan Gardens Senior Living’s proposed site plan includes three building and reportedly avoids the minor wetlands issues that bogged down the Discovery proposal.
Tuscan Gardens, as proposed, will have 210 residential units offering three levels of senior care; independent living, assisted living and memory care. Laurence Pino, Tuscan’s CEO, told an audience of Grand Haven residents that he plans to begin work as soon as permits are obtained and hopes to be open by early 2017.
The parcels have been acquired and site development work has begun on a new RaceTrac gas station and convenience store at the Southwest corner of SR 100 and Seminole Woods Blvd.