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PALM COAST, FL – April 1, 2017 – I’ve had several phone calls and emails lately asking questions like, “What’s happening on Colbert Lane just south of Palm Coast Pkwy?” Or, “What happened to Starbucks in Island Walk?”
There really is a lot happening locally in the commercial construction world, but most people don’t get around enough to notice construction activity, so I took a few hours to drive around town with my camera. Here’s what I found.
The Protea Senior Living – Sabal Palms adult living facility near the north end of Palm Harbor Pkwy is well underway. Roof trusses and decking are being installed. One indicator of the size and scope of a construction project is the number of Porta-Johns. This site has three.
The Starbucks at Island Walk has been demolished to make way for a new Starbucks. This one will have a drive-thru. Meanwhile, they have moved to a temporary location in the northeast corner of Island Walk. A building permit for the replacement shell building has been issued.
FORMER STARBUCKS IN ISLAND WALK
TEMPORARY STARBUCKS IN ISLAND WALK
Dunkin Donuts on Palm Coast Pkwy NW was lost to a fire last year but they are coming back; the same location
A zoning change request to allow an adult living facility at a 50-arcle tract on the west side of US1 Just south of Palm Coast Pkwy passed the first reading at Palm Coast City Council. A second reading is scheduled for the council’s April 4th meeting. The proposed rezoning envisions commercial development along US1 with Wind Chant behind.
WIND CHANT COUNTRY MANOR PROPOSED SITE ON US1
This new facility on the north side of SR100 east of Bunnell is now open with Grand Opening banners proudly displayed. Stor-It offers climate controlled storage and covered RV and boat storage.
STOR-IT SELF STORAGE
FP&L’s hurricane-proof building on SR100 at Town Center Blvd is well underway. The 25,436 square foot building with a declared construction value of $5M will be the first of seven Response Centers in Florida. The centers are designed as bases for “storm riders” to ride out a storm, making them immediately available to fix downed power lines following a storm. Site development alone was valued at $1.4M.
FP&L’S PALM COAST RESPONSE CENTER
Another Starbucks is coming to this commercial development which already boasts a Tractor Supply Co and where an Aldi grocery store is under construction. A permit valued at $400,000 has been issued to construct the Starbucks shell building. The city collected $89,205 in transportation impact fees from Starbucks. Would that be “GROUNDS” for a complaint? A Gate gas station and convenience store is also planned for the Shoppes site.
Lighthouse Harbor Marina
Jim Cullis’s dream is beginning to come true. Site development work is very visible at the site of the former Lehigh Cement Plant on the northeast corner of Colbert Lane and Robert Road. Over 70,000 yards of sand have already been removed from an existing berm. Excavating the marina basin will commence soon, providing even more sand. A coincidence of timing puts the marina excavation only miles from Flagler County’s beach re-nourishment project.
LIGHTHOUSE HARBOR MARINA SITE
Another Cullis-initiated project has begun further north on Colbert Lane. Two-tenths of a mile south of Palm Coast Pkwy on the west side of Colbert, you will see site development work has begun on this luxury adult living facility to be named Tuscan Garden at Palm Coast.
TUSCAN GARDENS SITE ON COLBERT LANE