Downtown Palmetto Bay will break ground on its first two developments — a five-story complex that will have condos and stores, and a K-8 school — since the village created a task force to turn the existing business district into an attractive downtown.
The City Council approved the site plans for the two projects late last month, “catapulting the dream of downtown Palmetto Bay into fruition,” said Jackie Calzadilla, village spokeswoman.
Construction on both is expected to start by March 2017, City Manager Ed Silva said.
First to break ground will be Atlantico at Palmetto Bay, located at the northeast corner of Franjo Road and Southwest 180th Street. The mixed-use project, which is being developed by FCI Palmetto Bay, will feature 271 residential units and 7,010 square feet of ground floor commercial/retail space.
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“The pedestrian-friendly project features interior, interconnected public walkways, widened landscaped sidewalks, a civic plaza and twice the amount of required open spaces,” Calzadilla said.
The second project approved was a Somerset K-8 Academy, which will sit on vacant land on the east side of Franjo Road roughly between East Hibiscus Street and Guava Street.
The project originally came before the village for approval in 2011. In 2014, a K-12 charter school for 1,400 students was approved. However in late June, the council reduced that number to 1,000 and cut down the maximum grade level from 12th to 8th grade, Calzadilla said.
The project site plan was unanimously approved in a 4-0 vote. Vice Mayor John Dubois was absent.