Palm Harbor Shopping Center Demolition Permit Issued Making Way for Island Walk

Months of waiting are over. Demolition work will commence soon at the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center to make way for Island Walk. A demolition permit was issued Thursday.

Palm Coast, FL – November 1, 2014 – The City of Palm Coast issued a demolition permit for 250 Palm Coast Pkwy, the location of Palm Coast’s original shopping center to make room for Island Walk. The demolition contractor is Hawkins Construction Inc, of Tarpon Springs.

Palm Harbor Shopping Center will go through a phased reconstruction. The new shopping center will be named Island Walk at Palm Coast. When it is complete, a new Publix will be Island Walk’s front-facing anchor. Don’t worry though; the new Publix will be completed before the old one is closed for its own demolition.

A previous developer, while never taking ownership, had taken the Island Walk project through the land planning and entitlement phase, but was either unwilling or unable to finish the job.  The property was purchased from Inland American by Branch Island Walk Associates LP, of Atlanta, in May 2014 for $12,375,000. The development order for the project was issued in early October.

With a new Chick fil A being constructed at the northwest corner of Palm Coast Pkwy at Boulder Rock Drive, the widening of Palm Coast Pkwy between Boulder Rock and  Florida Park Drive and the soon to commence shopping center demolition and construction, drivers should plan ahead and stay alert for traffic alerts and lane closing announcements. Construction activity will likely last 18 months.

Palm Harbor Shopping Center, Palm Coast - Google View

6 replies
  1. Jacque Dubois
    Jacque Dubois says:

    Time to ghet your G.E.D.

    Hey Sherry…It MOAT…not MOST. I think you can enroll in an adult education course and get that much sought after G.E.Dfaunated

  2. Bill Wynm
    Bill Wynm says:

    Island Walk

    It seeks to amaze me that each and every project involving the City of Palm Coast
    takes forever to get underway. Can’t be every developer’s fault. And what memories or
    historical sites are we leaving for the future. With this city, NONE.
    Palm Harbor once was the center, focal point of P.C., it’ll be gone as is the infamous blue roof building where CVS now stands, the infamous tennis center that once staged pro tennis matches, etc, etc, etc. But who cares.

  3. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Historic MARKER Potential

    @Bill Wynn
    @Sherry Crimmins
    The Palm Harbor Shopping Center is encumbered by the Federal Trade Commissions ‘ Consent Agreement ‘ – F.T.C. Docket C-2854 and Federally Ordered ‘ 15 Year Compliance Report ‘ with Exhibits A & Exhibits B.
    That Area was for C e n t u r i e s known as ‘ St. Josephs Mission ‘ and then Brigadeer Generals Jose Hernandezs’ thrid Plantation ‘ St. Josephs Plantation ‘.
    The State of Florida has suggested that it be MARKED with a State of Florida Historical MARKER –
    So…does anyone know if the local historical societies are going to do anything to achieve this high honor or nothing ?
    Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:51 PM
    Subject: St. Joseph’s Plantation, historical marker potential

    Good afternoon Mr. Chuddy,

    Thank you for your email inquiry regarding the Palm Harbor Shopping Center and the concern over the potential Territorial Period heritage from the St. Joseph’s Plantation. Per our Compliance and Review files, a survey for the initial area development was completed in 1977; although, it appears that little actual field testing was performed.

    From the information provided, a ‘J Fish heirs’ is listed as the Spanish Land Grant recipient for the area. St. Joseph’s Plantation and sugar mill, along with William’s Plantation and sugar mill, were identified as potential resources within the project area. Joseph M. Hernandez, founder of St. Joseph’s Plantation, lost his holdings during the Second Seminole War and successfully received compensation from the State of Florida to rebuild after 1845. After that point, at least after the property sold in 1896, the land mostly serviced agricultural production (citrus) and turpentine.

    Again, no actual excavations were undertaken, as per the report, Phase II work was being planned. Our office has no other reports indicating if Phase II work had been executed.

    In comparing historic aerials (1943) to recent development, the area has drastically changed. Former lowland swamp areas have been drained with canal networks, and modern development has completely changed the topography. It is safe to assume that little still exists from the Territorial Period of occupation, as modern development would have destroyed the soil stratigraphy and most likely, any archaeological remains.

    Unless this proposed site redevelopment will require federal or state funding/permitting, our office has no jurisdiction to comment on the proposed design or treatment of the site. Unfortunately, many important historical sites throughout Florida are lost due to private development.

    If local support exists, let me suggest a way to recognize the history of this area that may be agreeable to the municipality, developer, and interested citizens. Given the importance of General Joseph Hernandez, as he owned several adjacent plantations and held considerable political influence, a Florida Historical Marker would be an appropriate way to commemorate this site. Please visit our website, or contact Mr. Michael Hart (Michael.Hart), Historical Marker Coordinator, for more information regarding the process and fabrication costs. We do offer State grants to abate the cost of marker fabrication, and you may wish to explore this option.

  4. calderon
    calderon says:


    The shopping center is old and needs to be upgraded and new stores to follow. Everything here takes so long to do anything here. How is anyone going to move here when they dont have any good stores or places to shop. We need jobs for our young. You think they could of pick a better name for this shopping center.

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply