On August 6, 2022, PBG Watch reported on the significant progress of the Avenir Town Center project in Palm Beach Gardens. The City Council meeting on August 4th, 2022, marked a pivotal moment for this development, with the approval of Phases 1 and 2 of the Avenir Town Center. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the meeting’s highlights, including key presentations, public comments, and the approval of various ordinances and resolutions that will shape the future of Palm Beach Gardens.
Key Presentations and Updates
1. Disaster Resilience Action Plan:
Noel Martinez, President & CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, outlined the regional Disaster Resilience Action Plan. This initiative, supported by a grant and the collaboration of 10 municipalities and numerous local businesses, aims to ensure rapid recovery of neighborhood businesses from natural or other disasters.
2. District 30 Appropriations:
State Senator Bobby Powell provided insights into the recent legislative sessions and highlighted appropriations for local projects. Notably, Palm Beach Gardens is set to receive $500K for Storm Water System Improvements.
Public Comment and City Manager Report
Michael Winter, President and Founder of the Palm Beach North Athletic Foundation, addressed the ‘private’ funding aspect for the planned indoor athletic sports-plex in Gardens North County District Park. Additionally, the City Manager’s report celebrated the 9th consecutive Excellence in Procurement Award for Km! Ra, the Director of the Purchasing Department.
Key Agenda Items and Approvals
1. Ordinance 8, 2022:
This ordinance, concerning minimum notice for residential rental payment increases and associated penalties, was adopted with a unanimous vote.
2. Ordinance 9, 2022:
Focused on landscape irrigation conservation regulations, this ordinance aligns with the South Florida Water Management District’s year-round regulations. It was passed without modification.
3. Resolution 45, 2022:
This amendment pertains to the PGA National Commerce Park PUD, accommodating new buildings by Accelus. Concerns about traffic and landscape buffering were addressed, with the resolution passing unanimously.
Avenir Town Center Phases 1 and 2 Approval
The highlight of the meeting was the approval of Phases 1 and 2 of the Avenir Town Center. Ken Tuma of Urban Design Studio presented the plans for this approximately 52-acre project. The development promises to be a dynamic hub, featuring a variety of restaurants, a Publix supermarket, a pharmacy, and is designed to be accessible to pedestrians, golf carts, and vehicles. The project will serve not only Avenir but also nearby communities like Ibis and the Acreage.
The design of the Town Center emphasizes green spaces and walkways, with the Paseo being a central feature. This phase of the project does not include the 250 townhomes planned for Phase 3. The resolution’s approval followed extensive positive discussions, reflecting the community and council’s support for this transformative project.
The approval of the first two phases of the Avenir Town Center marks a significant milestone in the development of Palm Beach Gardens. This project, with its focus on community, accessibility, and sustainability, is poised to become a central and vibrant part of the city. The City Council meeting not only underscored the progress of the Avenir Town Center but also highlighted the community’s commitment to resilience, environmental conservation, and thoughtful urban development. As Palm Beach Gardens continues to grow and evolve, projects like the Avenir Town Center are indicative of a bright and prosperous future for the city and its residents.