WEST PALM BEACH, Fla .– The final designs for “West Palm Point” were approved this week by the City of West Palm Beach to build another new downtown office tower.
This after requests for the redevelopment of the garage part of the project to better blend in with the building and the city center.
“We are very happy to see this vacant parking lot turn into a beautiful entrance to our city which is architecturally significant and the standard we need to be,” said Cynthia Nalley, who is in favor of the West Palm Point development.
The new tower will bring nearly 500,000 square feet of office and retail space to the ground floor.
“I’m really excited about the open space above the garage, I mean the renderings I’ve seen make it fantastic, and just can’t wait to go out there and enjoy the retail or whatever they put on the first floor and I’m excited, ”Nalley said.
The tower includes a 10-storey parking structure for approximately 1,200 cars and 120 bicycles; features a rooftop gathering space with a 480 square foot cafe and shaded seating for tenants, a reflecting pool, and green spaces
“West Palm is definitely the new hotspot to be in Florida for sure, and I think Florida has always been the hotspot in the United States, so it’s only going to get better,” said Jeffrey Fowler, director from Creative’s sales.
The New York-based luxury catering and event planning company opened in West Palm Beach last year after more and more of their clients moved south.
“Especially this area that we’re in with The Square and the catering equipment, it’s the hot new spot in town,” Fowler said.
West Palm Point is just one of at least three towers built or under construction downtown in the past two years:
- 360 Rosemary: 20 floors, 297,000 square feet of office space
- One Flagler Project: 25 story building with 270,000 square feet of office space, restaurant and public reading room.
- A West Palm project: twin building, 30-story structures, 200,000 square feet of offices and hotel.
“Real estate, offices, it all goes fast here, so if you’re thinking of coming, come fast,” Fowler said.
But for locals like Denise Meskunas, who walks her dogs along Okeechobee, she isn’t that excited.
Meskunas said adding a new tower and parking would only add to the danger of an already congested road.
“I love that new people are moving in, but I think there is enough commercial and residential space with the current buildings,” Meskunas said.
For West Palm Point, architects and developers took into account factors such as safety when designing walkways to keep people as far from the streets as possible.