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Palm Coast and Flagler County Real Estate Tidbits: 11-5-2015

Sheriff’s office, Publix, Palm Coast City Hall, Island Walk, Player’s Racquet Club, RaceTrac, Tuscan Gardens senior living.

By Toby Tobin
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Palm Coast City Hall at ribbon cuttingPALM COAST, FL – November 5, 2015 – We have entered the slow season for local real estate sales, but that doesn’t mean things are at a standstill. There is plenty of news. Here are some tidbits:

Double Header Ribbon Cuttings

November 2nd marked the ribbon cutting for two major public venues, the new Palm Coast City Hall and a New Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center

Tuesday A.M., Governor Rick Scott was in town for the official opening of the new sheriff’s operations center. The large crowd had to contend with near record heat and bright sunshine, but the event went on in spite of the beautiful weather.

The new office is located at 901 Moody E. Blvd in Bunnell. The building was once Florida Memorial Hospital-Flagler. The building had remained vacant since the new Florida Hospital Flagler was opened in Town Center. The county purchased the old building for $1.23M in 2013 and undertook a $4.2M renovation.

Palm Coast City Hall

At 5:15, on Tuesday, Palm Coast city officials participated in a ribbon cutting officially opening the brand new Palm Coast City Hall in Town Center. This 43,000+ square foot building came in “on time and under budget” according to City Manager Jim Landon. The public was invited to participate in guided tours, beginning at 4:00 P.M. and continuing after the ribbon cutting until 8:00 P.M.

Palm Coast City Hall ribbon cutting 11-3-2015

I was in the first tour group. I was impressed with the quality of construction and the efficient use of space. The building is warm and inviting without the opulence often attributed to the county government complex. The design will accommodate the future expansion that will surely be needed as Palm Coast continues to grow. Remember, there are still over 10,000 vacant in-fill lots within the city’s master plan.

Island Walk

Publix: Get used to calling the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center “Island Walk.” The first major opening in the redeveloped project was the new Publix, which opened on October 29th. About 50 shoppers were lined up when the doors swung open at 7 A.M. I was one of them.

The new store is 10,000 square feet larger than the old one. The additional space is apparent throughout the store with its huge produce department, expanded seafood, meat and dairy offerings, plus a pharmacy. Pizza lovers will appreciate the expanded freezer section.

Publix in Island Walk, Palm Coast

New permits: A site development permit was issued that will allow work to begin on future stages of Island Walk’s redevelopment. The former Publix store will be gutted and re-faced for a Hobby Lobby. Upon completion, Island Walk will be comprised of 207,229 square feet.

The company’s website lists the following Island Walk tenants:

  • The Brass Tap
  • Metro Diner
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Starbucks
  • Thai-by-Thai
  • Salsa Mexican Restaurant
  • Great Clips
  • NY Pizzeria
  • Wild Rice
  • Leslie’s Pool Supply
  • Petco
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Eyeglass Express
  • Coast Dental
  • The UPS Store
  • Palm Nails
  • Florida Audiology
  • Aimee’s Hallmark
  • Publix
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Nora’s Golden Scissors
  • Mattress One
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank

Player’s Racquet Club

For weeks, the site of the former Palm Coast Player’s Racquet Club has sported a “Sale Pending” sign. The property was under contract to local real estate developer Jim Cullis, but Jim has informed GoToby.com that he decided not to proceed with any project at that site and has terminated the purchase contract.

Tuscan Gardens of Palm Coast

But on another front, Cullis has revived his plan for a senior living campus on 17 acres of property he owns on the Southeast corner of Colbert Lane and Blare Drive. Previous plans for a senior living project on the site with Discovery Village died when Cullis and Discovery could not garner support for the proposed site plan from Palm Coast’s planning staff.

Tuscan Gardens Site Plan

This time around, Cullis is advancing a similar project with an Orlando-based developer. Tuscan Gardens Senior Living’s proposed site plan includes three building and reportedly avoids the minor wetlands issues that bogged down the Discovery proposal.

Tuscan Gardens, as proposed, will have 210 residential units offering three levels of senior care; independent living, assisted living and memory care. Laurence Pino, Tuscan’s CEO, told an audience of Grand Haven residents that he plans to begin work as soon as permits are obtained and hopes to be open by early 2017.

RacTrac

The parcels have been acquired and site development work has begun on a new RaceTrac gas station and convenience store at the Southwest corner of SR 100 and Seminole Woods Blvd. 

reader comments
Origins ...
Posted by George Edward Chuddy
Nov 06, 2015, 7:25 am
ITT Community Development Corporation

Executive Offices

Palm Coast Florida

Richard Braunstein
Assistant general Counsel

December 1, 1989

Federal Trade Commission
Atlanta Regional Office
Room 1000
1718 Peachtree St., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30367

RE: Federal Trade Commission Decision and Order issued December 10, 1976 ( Decision and Order) - In The Matter of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, ITT Community Development Corporation and Palm Coast, Inc.

Dear Sir:

The following is in response to the reporting requirement set forth in the unnumbered paragraph on Page 16 of the Decision and Order.

From an historical perspective, in 1969, ITT Community Development Corporation ( CDC ) began a master plan of a community now known as Palm Coast. As a significant step in that process in 1974, CDC entered into an Agreement with Florida's Division of State Planning and the purpose of development a Comprehensive Land Use Plan ( CLUP ) as a logical and effective process to guide and control the orderly development of Palm Coast. The CLUP is a five volume, 1400 page guide for residential, commercial, industrial and public service growth for the 42,000 acres. The development plans extend to the 21st Century for a community which is capable of supporting 224,000 people.

In accordance with the CLUP and consistent with the Decision and Order of the 42,000 total available acreage, the 42,000 acres mentioned above are planned for community development , including
Federal trade Commission
Page Two of Three
December 1, 1989

+ 46,000 registered home ( 43,000 which have been sold ) , 4 Industrial Parks , shopping centers and various amenities.

Since 1980, all homesite infrastructure improvements, i.e. roads ( 533 miles) drainage, central water ( 529 miles) and central sewer ( 508 miles) have been completed by CDC. In addition, CDC has constructed and extensive water management system designed to replenish the area's water table that included 46 miles of freshwater canals and another 23 miles of saltwater canals bordering many homes and homesites leading to the Intracoastal Waterway. Water and wastewater plants operated by Palm Coast Utility Corporation have consistently won numerous state awards for operating excellence.

The 4 industrial Parks mentioned above, currently home to approximately 35 companies, have been developed to balance the economic development of the community and provide employment. Some facilities are in the construction stage and negotiations continue with more than 30 additional industrial prospects. Exhibit A attached to this letter provides a complete listing of present industrial operations in Palm Coast.

In the commercial area, in 19799 the Palm Harbor Shopping Center became a reality. The shopping center consists of 26 merchants and is anchored by a 36,464 square foot Publix Supermarket and Eckerds Drug Store. In 1987, CDC opened St. Joe Plaza, a new CDC shopping center which currently has 21 merchants. A new full service Wal-Mart Discount Department Store opened in 1988 in yet another shopping Plaza as a major store in a group of 19 stores and restaurants ( total of 85,000 square feet). More recently, in the southern end of the community, another 85,000 square foot shopping center anchored by Winn Dixie Supermarket and Rite-Aid Drugstore. See Exhibit A for an extensive reference to the commercial enterprises in Palm Coast.

On the governmental level, a $ 7.5 million Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) facility opened in Palm Coast in 1987. The 133,000 square foot complex of dormitories, classrooms and support facilities train some 3,3000 FAA managers yearly having a multi-million dollar impact to the regional economy over 10 years. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has opened a new 21,000 square foot facility in Palm Coast. Within the last 18 months, the county government has expended in excess of $ 900,000.00 for the construction of a new main fire station and a recreation complex focused on an Olympic sized pool.

Recreation has always been an important ingredient of Palm Coast lifestyle. CDC has constructed three 18 hole Championship Golf

Federal trade Commission
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December 1,1989

Courses and the fourth Championship golf course is currently under construction. The Palm Coast Players Club, opened in 1986, is a 18 court tennis complex that is one of the few in the nation with hard court, clay and grass tennis playing surfaces. The Club earned the distinction of " 1987 Court of the Year" from Tennis Industry Magazine and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club is a complete fitness facility with a 25 meter pool, four tennis courts and comprehensive Nautilus Room The Palm Coast Marina, recognized as one of the finest harbors between Hilton Head and Fort Lauderdale, opened in 1979 and serves boaters with 80 slips and comprehensive services, including a ship's store for supplies and gifts. The Marina is now part of a Resort setting on the Intracoastal Waterway that included CDC's 154 room Waterfront Sheraton and the Harbor Club Vacation Resort. Exhibit BE attached to this letter provides a more in depth description of Recreational Facilities in Palm Coast.

From an educational perspective, in 1983, Daytona Beach Community College opened a branch campus with an open air Performing Arts Pavilion. Currently, the County government is constructing a new $ 6 million Elementary School and is expending over $ 13 million in renovations/expansion at Flagler/Palm Coast High School.

" Florida Trend" magazine predicted Flagler County would, on a percentage basis, have the state's fastest growth rate over the next five years. This is corroborated by a U.S. Census Bureau figures which, based on a percentage basis, identifies Flagler County as the third fastest growing county in the nation during the 1980-1987 period with an 89% growth rate. Palm Coast, with its 7,552 dwelling units ( 6,783 single family and 768 multifamily) and its population of approximately 15,000 ( 60% of Flagler County's total population ) is the major catalyst behind this explosive growth rate.

Very truly yours,
Richard Braunstein
RB/kh
Island Walk
Posted by deb stolley
Nov 06, 2015, 7:21 am
wasn't Bed, Bath and Beyond suppose to open in Island Walk, along with JoAnn Fabrics and Pier One? the tenants listed make Island Walk sound like a food court without the mall!
...and the money kept rolling in....
Posted by George Edward Chuddy
Nov 05, 2015, 11:57 am
Palm Coast Shopping Center Underway
Security First Plans Building at Shopping Center

Late this year, Security First Federal Savings and loan Association plans to move from its present building into a new building it plans to construct on a one-acre site adjacent to the palm Coast Shopping Center, according to David Neubauer, Manager of Commercial Development for I.T.T. Community Development Corporation ( ICDC) and Richard A. Harris, Senior Vice President of Security First Federal in charge of establishing new branches.
The new building for Security First's Palm Coast office will include safety deposit boxes. The new building also will provide facilities in which the Association will close all mortgages loans originated by its Palm Coast Office.
"The new structure will be a free standing building of about 3,500 square feet on the east side of the Shopping Center, The building will be designed for Security First by Haas and Reed, Jacksonville architects and planners, who also designed the Shopping Center which is presently underway." Harris stated.
"We will have a full service operation in our new building. A manager and four employees will staff the new branch office. When Security First moves into its new building its present temporary building nest to the Convenience Center will be moved away." Harris said.
"Those of us at ICDC are delighted that Security First Federal has shown its confidence in the growth of Palm Coast." Neubauer commented, " both by moving a temporary structure to the community in a little over two years ago and now by planning a permanent structure at the Shopping Center area."
He added: ' The new branch office will provide much needed new services to the present and future residents of Palm Coast."
Picture: Construction of the new Palm Coast Shopping Center.
*1

Palm Coast Spring Festival
The first annual Palm Coast Spring Festival became a reality when the first event of the action and fun-filled week began on Monday, May the 15th. Six brand new tennis courts were officially opened for play, and two bright young tennis professionals, Tom and Tim Gullikson, twin brothers, provided the fans plenty of excitement when they played each other in an exhibition match.
Meanwhile, over at the gofl course, a hole-in-one tournament was taking place. Later in the week the golf course sponsored a driving contest and on Friday there was a scramble tournament with about two hundred golfers taking part.
Following the Gulliksons' match, a week long tennis tournament began for local tennis buffs.
The park-like setting behind the ' Welcome Center' was turned into an art and fashion center with artists displaying their work, while fashion models showed off the newest in ladies fashions. In between fashion shows various musical groups performed with music ranging from jazz to marching bands.
Indoor sports were much in evidence at the Yacht Club where bridge, backgammon and chess tournaments were taking place throughout the week.
Outside the Yacht Club the largest events took place on Saturday. The Italian-American Festa took over part of the ground with numerous booths of Italian food and games. The Yacht Club swimming pool was the scent of hundreds of youngsters taking part in a swim meet. At the same time skateboard championships were being conducted on the Yacht Club bridge.
The first two events on Saturday were a four mile foot race starting and finishing at the Yacht Club, and the Great Palm Coast Bicycle Race which started at the Yacht Club bridge and ran for six miles.
Saturday afternoon the first Palm Coast International Bathtub Boat Race was held with racers coming from as far away as British Columbia. The Bath Tub Boat races employ boats which use the mold of a bathtub as a pilot house with some type of stabilization built around it.
Following the races, awards for the week were presented by Alan Smolen, president of ICDC.
Saturday night a performance was presented to an audience of approximately 3,000 by Archie Campbell, start of the television series " Hee Haw " Accompanying him was R.W. Blackwood and the Blackwood Rhythm Band.
Closing out the week with a bang was accomplished with a thirty minute firework extravaganza.
Nest year's festival is already in the planning stages, and it promises to be bigger and better event that this year's . Dates for the event will be announced in the next issue.

The Palm Coaster, Volume 7, Number 2 Summer 1978.
*1 ( My family and I bought from LEVITT & I.T.T. multiple shelter units / lots before the Gargantuan 93,000 acres comprising ' The Palm Coast Project ' opened. Water taxis took us from Palm Coasts' Welcome Center 64 ' Tower up and across the Intracoastal to Bings Landing area). There we were shuttled to that building on A1A that the School Board uses now. We closed there. Since early on there were no banks the LEVITT & I.T.T. Employees there had to hold the money in suitcases. When I signed the sales rep. personally showed me the suitcase. It was a gray perhaps two or three suiter Samsonite Suitcase.......FULL OF MONEY....a lot of ' suitcases full of money '. You can compute...in just several Years LEVITT & I.TT. sold 38,000 Shelter Units / lots / house lot packages - Golf Course and Canal locations could only be sold as a 'package'. Lots were about $ 2,800. - $ 3,400. for generic lots and Golf Course / Canals were approximately $ 7,000. - $ 10,000. x 38,000 sales - remember in 1975 Dollars U.S).
Hollywood Celebrities all over Palm Coast...People with suitcases full of money all around...

...and the money kept rolling in
.......and the money kept rolling in
.............and the money kept rolling in....

and we had the beginnings of ' Paradise ' - ' ...Live the Good Life in Palm Coast...'.
...and the money kept rolling in....
Posted by George Edward Chuddy
Nov 05, 2015, 11:56 am
Palm Coast Shopping Center Underway
Security First Plans Building at Shopping Center

Late this year, Security First Federal Savings and loan Association plans to move from its present building into a new building it plans to construct on a one-acre site adjacent to the palm Coast Shopping Center, according to David Neubauer, Manager of Commercial Development for I.T.T. Community Development Corporation ( ICDC) and Richard A. Harris, Senior Vice President of Security First Federal in charge of establishing new branches.
The new building for Security First's Palm Coast office will include safety deposit boxes. The new building also will provide facilities in which the Association will close all mortgages loans originated by its Palm Coast Office.
"The new structure will be a free standing building of about 3,500 square feet on the east side of the Shopping Center, The building will be designed for Security First by Haas and Reed, Jacksonville architects and planners, who also designed the Shopping Center which is presently underway." Harris stated.
"We will have a full service operation in our new building. A manager and four employees will staff the new branch office. When Security First moves into its new building its present temporary building nest to the Convenience Center will be moved away." Harris said.
"Those of us at ICDC are delighted that Security First Federal has shown its confidence in the growth of Palm Coast." Neubauer commented, " both by moving a temporary structure to the community in a little over two years ago and now by planning a permanent structure at the Shopping Center area."
He added: ' The new branch office will provide much needed new services to the present and future residents of Palm Coast."
Picture: Construction of the new Palm Coast Shopping Center.
*1

Palm Coast Spring Festival
The first annual Palm Coast Spring Festival became a reality when the first event of the action and fun-filled week began on Monday, May the 15th. Six brand new tennis courts were officially opened for play, and two bright young tennis professionals, Tom and Tim Gullikson, twin brothers, provided the fans plenty of excitement when they played each other in an exhibition match.
Meanwhile, over at the gofl course, a hole-in-one tournament was taking place. Later in the week the golf course sponsored a driving contest and on Friday there was a scramble tournament with about two hundred golfers taking part.
Following the Gulliksons' match, a week long tennis tournament began for local tennis buffs.
The park-like setting behind the ' Welcome Center' was turned into an art and fashion center with artists displaying their work, while fashion models showed off the newest in ladies fashions. In between fashion shows various musical groups performed with music ranging from jazz to marching bands.
Indoor sports were much in evidence at the Yacht Club where bridge, backgammon and chess tournaments were taking place throughout the week.
Outside the Yacht Club the largest events took place on Saturday. The Italian-American Festa took over part of the ground with numerous booths of Italian food and games. The Yacht Club swimming pool was the scent of hundreds of youngsters taking part in a swim meet. At the same time skateboard championships were being conducted on the Yacht Club bridge.
The first two events on Saturday were a four mile foot race starting and finishing at the Yacht Club, and the Great Palm Coast Bicycle Race which started at the Yacht Club bridge and ran for six miles.
Saturday afternoon the first Palm Coast International Bathtub Boat Race was held with racers coming from as far away as British Columbia. The Bath Tub Boat races employ boats which use the mold of a bathtub as a pilot house with some type of stabilization built around it.
Following the races, awards for the week were presented by Alan Smolen, president of ICDC.
Saturday night a performance was presented to an audience of approximately 3,000 by Archie Campbell, start of the television series " Hee Haw " Accompanying him was R.W. Blackwood and the Blackwood Rhythm Band.
Closing out the week with a bang was accomplished with a thirty minute firework extravaganza.
Nest year's festival is already in the planning stages, and it promises to be bigger and better event that this year's . Dates for the event will be announced in the next issue.

The Palm Coaster, Volume 7, Number 2 Summer 1978.
*1 ( My family and I bought from LEVITT & I.T.T. multiple shelter units / lots before the Gargantuan 93,000 acres comprising ' The Palm Coast Project ' opened. Water taxis took us from Palm Coasts' Welcome Center 64 ' Tower up and across the Intracoastal to Bings Landing area). There we were shuttled to that building on A1A that the School Board uses now. We closed there. Since early on there were no banks the LEVITT & I.T.T. Employees there had to hold the money in suitcases. When I signed the sales rep. personally showed me the suitcase. It was a gray perhaps two or three suiter Samsonite Suitcase.......FULL OF MONEY....a lot of ' suitcases full of money '. You can compute...in just several Years LEVITT & I.TT. sold 38,000 Shelter Units / lots / house lot packages - Golf Course and Canal locations could only be sold as a 'package'. Lots were about $ 2,800. - $ 3,400. for generic lots and Golf Course / Canals were approximately $ 7,000. - $ 10,000. x 38,000 sales - remember in 1975 Dollars U.S).
Hollywood Celebrities all over Palm Coast...People with suitcases full of money all around...

...and the money kept rolling in
.......and the money kept rolling in
.............and the money kept rolling in....

and we had the beginnings of ' Paradise ' - ' ...Live the Good Live in Palm Coast...'.
Thank you
Posted by Carolyn Wilkins
Nov 05, 2015, 11:56 am
Toby, great updates.. I really appreciate your information, current and actual news is very helpful.
Thanks again.
salesman
Posted by Rob Morris
Nov 05, 2015, 11:56 am
Toby: As always thanks for your accurate updates, greatly appreciated. I'll have to have our broker check with the Island Walk developer as to why RE/MAX Select wasn't included as a new merchant. We will also be having the grand opening of our brand new Flagler Beach office on Friday afternoon into the early evening. Feel free to stop by and have a snack with the largest worldwide real estate franchise.

 
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