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Boynton’s downtown prospects grow with potential new development
Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:15

By Alexandra Seltzer - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 1:48 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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A longtime property owner in Boynton Beach says he is ready to develop his vacant land on Federal Highway — where the city has been hoping to create a downtown area.
The project — called Ocean One — would be an 8-story building with a mix of more than 200 one-and-two bedroom units, and a connected parking garage.
Ocean One’s prospective location is diagonal from the incoming 500 Ocean project that will bring apartments and businesses to the city, and across from the Casa Costa condos and retail space. It would be within walking distance of the Ocean Avenue historic homes that are to be turned into a restaurant and a brewery.
But, it comes with a catch.
Property Owner Davis Camalier’s project would also be on land owned by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. And he wants it for free. The CRA’s land is at the corner of Federal and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Camalier’s land is adjacent to that, on the south.
Camalier might also ask for help with incentives, Bill Morris, who works with Camalier, told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday.
The Community Redevelopment Agency board discussed the project at Tuesday’s meeting, and the majority of the board members voted to go forward with the plan. They did not discuss incentives. The board accepted Camalier’s letter of intent, and will next issue a 30-day notice to the public that the CRA will be disposing of its land, which is appraised at $460,000, according to CRA documents.
Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick voted against moving forward. He said he didn’t feel comfortable without seeing more details about the project, and also didn’t like giving away the property.
CRA Director Vivian Brooks said the thought was always that the land would be part of a bigger picture.
“Quite frankly there’s nothing the CRA can do with the land. The shape of the land, the way it is is not really develop-able on its own,” said Brooks.
The project is far from a done deal. It still has to be approved. But the board’s action Tuesday was a first step.
“This basically starts the clock ticking so the city can start to review the project and give them comments back,” Brooks said.
Ocean One would have about 283,762 square feet of residential and 2,675 square feet of retail, according to plans submitted to the city. The project would be built on only a portion of Camalier’s property.
The rest of the property would be developed under Phase Two, Morris said. Morris and Camalier plan to have a hotel built on the remainder of the property, closest to Ocean Avenue, as well as another residential building. Morris said they’ve been in touch with Guy Harvey to build a resort there, and will also speak with other companies.
Construction on the first phase could start as early as late summer, Morris said.

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