5 projects to watch in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach

Starbucks here, Starbucks there, Starbucks everywhere. [Pixabay]

Curious about what’s being built around town?

From new development to redevelopment, there are several projects around Wellington and Royal Palm Beach that are underway.

Here are five projects to keep an eye on:

1. Lotis Wellington and Lotis II

This project sits primarily on a former shell rock mine on the west side of State Road 7 north of Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Regional Medical Center. With more of an urban feel to its design, Lotis Wellington was the largest project of its kind approved in the village in the past decade when its master plan was given unanimous support by the village council in December 2020.

As I reported for the Palms West Journal a couple of weeks ago, the retail and restaurants that are in the first phase of Lotis Wellington have been 100% leased. New restaurants include Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Lazy Dog and Raw Juce. You can read more about that here, including the full list of tenants:

The project also includes senior living, long-term care, medical and general offices, and multifamily residential units. On Lotis II, which is in the approval process with the village, the developers proposed more residential, plus retail and restaurants.

A PopStroke is also part of the plans for Lotis II. The family-friendly miniature golf experience co-owned by Tiger Woods includes outdoor dining and more.

2. Tuttle Royale

Sitting on the south side of Southern Boulevard just west of State Road 7, Tuttle Royale is a major development that has been in the works for years.

Originally billed as “the CityPlace of the West,” Tuttle Royale has been approved to include hundreds of apartments, single-family homes, a public park, a charter school, a hotel, offices, restaurants and retail. A recent zoning change from village officials helped to pave the way for the next step in the process toward building out the project on former agricultural land.

3. Starbucks here, Starbucks there, Starbucks everywhere

There are two Starbucks projects in the works in Royal Palm Beach.

As I reported for the Palms West Journal, one is planned for the southwest corner of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards, next to the Denny’s.

The Starbucks that is in front of Costco on Southern Boulevard is moving from its spot in the plaza, where it does not have a drive-thru, to a standalone building that used to be a bank, where it will have a Starbucks.

A bit farther west in Westlake, another new Starbucks is planned on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road as part of the new Shoppes of Westlake Landings plaza.

4. From Fresh Market to Publix

After Fresh Market closed last month in the Wellington Green Square plaza near the Mall at Wellington Green on Forest Hill Boulevard, a fence was put up around the area that is set to be town down. That includes the City Mattress and Kirkland stores.

Once those three spaces are leveled, crews will begin work to build a new, larger Publix store.

The project follows a new development pattern Publix is undertaking, where the company tears down aging stores to build ones that are larger and more modern.

The Publix in Royal Palm Beach at Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards is set to open later this year, according to a job posting. Another Publix at Greenview Shores Boulevard and Wellington will be torn down, along with spaces on either side, and then rebuilt on a larger footprint.

5. Wellington athletics facility

A public-private partnership between the village of Wellington and a group of athletes and investors led by NFL linebacker and Palm Beach Central High School alumnus Jonathan Bostic has some big plans for the former Boys & Girls Club building and Wellington Community Park on South Shore Boulevard south of Pierson Road.

The project — which is still in the planning stages as the village, private group and county officials work to determine the best uses to be included — would turn the site into a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. The demand is there, Bostic’s team has said. The group, Wellington Athletics, is on the Village Council’s March 14 agenda to provide an update.

Bonus: Wawa, car wash and Culver’s

This project is right on the edge of Wellington, in Loxahatchee Groves. Sitting on the northeast corner of Southern Boulevard and B Road, a new Wawa gas station will open this year. An Aldi on the project site has been open, and a car wash to the east of that is under construction. Work also is moving along quickly on a new Culver’s, the first location in the area for the fast food chain.

What do you want to know?

Do you have a question about something being built in our area? Leave a comment here or send me an email, and I’ll find out for you.

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