Construction is expected to begin next month on upgrades to the 49-acre lifestyle and entertainment complex, which would include updated architecture, new landscaping, and a new spot for the carousel.
PALM BEACH GARDENS - The long-planned transformation of Downtown Palm Beach Gardens is moving forward.
At a special meeting Thursday night at City Hall, the City Council unanimously approved a series of upgrades to the 49-acre lifestyle and entertainment complex.
Changes will include new murals, landscaping, sculptural seating and swings; a realignment of the entry drive aisle from Alternate A1A; new signage; and the relocation of the complex’s popular carousel from Center Court to the waterfront.
A new interactive water feature will replace the carousel, which will become part of a new Circle Play area along the waterfront that will include hammocks, stone seating and other amenities.
Different areas throughout the center also are getting a makeover.
Those areas, with names such as "Recharge Lounge," or "Palm Swing Court," will be designed to evoke a getaway or vacation setting, said Nina Rogers, Vice President of Specialty Leasing for ShopCore Properties, which owns and operates Downtown Palm Beach Gardens.
They will include new awnings, colorful tiles, decorative panels, updated paint colors, new Bahama shutters and French doors, new lighting, tropical landscaping, botanical sculptures and new furnishings.
"Our customers are top of mind as we continue to reimagine Downtown Palm Beach Gardens," Rogers said. "The new outdoor furnishings and landscape improvements will create inviting and relaxing spaces throughout our property for diners, shoppers and all guests to enjoy."
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Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-July, and all tenants, such as newly opened Voodoo Bayou, Villain Bikes and Vagabond Apparel, will remain open during the process.
The changes are part of what is expected to be a major transformation of the 14-year-old development.
ShopCore also plans to build a multi-family residential building and mixed-use tower consisting of retail, restaurant, office, and hotel space at the site.
Those plans are under review by City staff, and will be presented to the City Council at a later date.
Already underway is construction on the 117,000-square foot Life Time Athletic fitness center on the southwest corner of Gardens Parkway and Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue.
The three-story, resort-style health club will feature amenities like weights, basketball and exercise classes; salon and spa services including hair, nails and massages; wellness services such as yoga, nutrition and personal trainers; a children’s space; a sauna and whirlpool; and a ‘resort-style’ roof deck with pools, cabana and bistro.
A 426-space parking garage will be built west of the facility.
"Including Avenir, this redevelopment project at Downtown probably will be the most important that the council will have to approve," Vice Mayor Pro Tem Rachelle Litt said. "It’s incumbent on us to get it right this time. I think we are well on the way for that."