Space between homes in the new Alton community in Palm Beach Gardens on October 25, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
PALM BEACH GARDENS —
New estimates show that Palm Beach County’s population growth has slowed down, but there’s more to come in Palm Beach Gardens.
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The next phase of houses in Kolter’s Alton is under construction on Hood Road. So are the townhouses in Kennedy Homes’ Trevi Isle just down the street. That doesn’t take into account more than 3,000 homes yet to be built in Landstar Development Group’s Avenir on the west end of Northlake Boulevard.
Here are five development projects to watch in Palm Beach Gardens.
Alton: This massive Kolter build is between Hood and Donald Ross roads. In May 2017, the Palm Beach Gardens City Council approved a site plan for 316 single-family homes and 199 townhouses, which are under construction. The new phase of development is on the north side of Hood Road, just south of Alton’s first neighborhood by The Benjamin School.
The 360 houses in the first neighborhood range in price from the high $500,00s to more than $1 million.
Alton will have 1,400 houses and 353 apartments when it’s finished.
The Town Center, 192,778 square feet of retail and commercial space on 28 acres, is also under construction. Alton is on what was known as the Briger tract.
Trevi Isle: Kennedy Homes is building 50 townhouses on 12.4 acres on the north side of Hood Road, a short distance from Alton. The enclave of three- and four-bedroom luxury townhouses between Eastpointe Country Club and Florida’s Turnpike is called Trevi Isle. The houses are priced from the low $400,000s, according to Kennedy Homes.
Avenir: Moving south to Northlake Boulevard, Landstar Development Group is building Avenir, which will be the size of a small municipality.
There will be 3,900 homes, including 250 for workforce housing and 960 age-restricted homes for people 55 and older. Workforce housing is priced so that people such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and home health care aides can afford it.
In 2016, the City Council approved a plan that called for 3,250 homes. The developer asked for and received a change that increased the number of homes and decreased the office space to 1.8 million square feet from 1.9 million square feet.
As approved, the plan also calls for 200,000 square feet of medical offices, 400,000 square feet of commercial space, a 300-room hotel, 20 acres of agriculture, a 55-acre public park, a 60-acre civic/recreation parcel, 15 acres for a police/fire/city annex and 15 acres for a public school.
About 2,400 acres on the property’s north end will be conserved.
Ancient Tree: PulteGroup last year paid $12 million for 97 acres between Avenir and the city’s Sandhill Crane Golf Club. PulteGroup’s DiVosta brand is building 97 single-family homes on the former Balsamo property. Prices for the three- to five-bedroom houses will start in the $600,000s.
Pointe Midtown: The new Earth Fare grocery store is open in Midtown, but construction is far from over. Ascend Properties is building 63 townhouses on the north side of the store on PGA Boulevard just west of Military Trail. The three- and four-bedroom houses will be called Pointe Midtown. Prices start in the high $400,000s and go up to the high $500,000s.
More to come: Other development has been proposed but not yet approved. This includes the 220 independent living apartments for seniors on the Amara Shrine Center property on RCA Boulevard, 27 houses on the former Bonnette Hunt Club site and 263 luxury apartments and townhouses geared for young professionals between Military Trail and Central Boulevard.
A residential tower in Downtown at the Gardens and luxury apartments at the former Loehmann’s Plaza have been discussed but not yet proposed.