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A property just west of Florida’s Turnpike near Wellington could be developed as a mixed-use project with a hotel, medical offices and self-storage.

KS Lake Worth LLC filed a small-scale land use amendment titled Lake Worth Crossing with Palm Beach County officials concerning the 9.15-acre site at 8344 Lake Worth Road, plus 4049, 4089 and 4111 Hooks Road. It currently has a barn and a single-family home but it’s mostly vacant.

The property is currently zoned “agricultural residential.” The county approved a development plan there in 2009 for a “lifestyle center” with a mix of restaurants, hotel, residential, and live/work units that mix homes and workplaces in a single space.

Lauren McClellan, senior project manager at Palm Beach Gardens-based JMorton Planning & Landscape Architecture, explained her client aims to build different types of uses, but with the same overall development intensity. The new zoning would be “multiple use planned development” and permit up to 199,287 square feet of commercial space. The requirements for residential and live/work would be deleted from the plan.

KS Lake Worth submitted a preliminary site plan to the county showcasing a 196,970-square-foot project. It would consist of a 127-room hotel in three stories totaling 53,690 square feet, 107,030 square feet of self-storage in three stories, and 36,000 square feet of medical offices in three stories. There would be 348 surface parking spaces.

“The proposed uses will better serve the surrounding community as it will provide for additional services and employment opportunities,” the developer stated in the application.

This small-scale land use application is scheduled for its first hearing before the County Commission in February 2022 and it will need two votes to pass. The county must also sign off on the site plan through a separate process.


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