A canal-laced walkable community twice the size of Jupiter’s Abacoa, with enough space for 20,000 residents and an ultimate price tag approaching $10 billion is being proposed for the sprawling Vavrus Ranch property off of Northlake Boulevard in western Palm Beach Gardens.
Developers submitted plans Friday for 7,600 homes, nearly 2 million square feet of office and retail space, a 4,000-student campus for Keiser University and a pediatrics center hosted by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Keiser, a non-profit commuter college with 15 campuses and 20,000 students statewide, plans to move its corporate headquarters to the project from Fort Lauderdale.
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Staff writers Alexandra Clough, Jennifer Sorentrue and Joel Engelhardt and researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.
To be developed over 20 years, if approved
Size: 4,760 acres
Number of homes: 7,600
Number of residents: About 20,000
Office: 1 million square feet
Medical office: 200,000 square feet
Stores: 500,000 square feet
Hotel: 300 beds
Assisted living: 300 beds
Keiser University: 1.25 million square feet on 200 acres
Flow way: 1,889 acres
Golf: Nine holes on 75 acres
Size: 2,055 acres
Number of homes: 4770 built; 5743 approved
Number of residents: About 10,000
Square footage of office and stores: 2.5 million square feet approved; about 1.6 million square feet built
20,000: Number of students enrolled
1977: Established in Fort Lauderdale
89: percent of students who are from Florida
76: percent of students who work full or part time while attending school
70: percent of students who are female
60: percent of students who are 25 years and older
15: percent of students who are enrolled in online classes
15: Florida campuses
JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
40: Approximate number of jobs expected to be created by pediatric center
Up to $300,000: Pay for jobs at center
$10 million: Amount to be invested in Avenir
55,591: Pediatric emergency department visits
1977: Children’s hospital established in Hollywood
2011: Free-standing children’s hospital opened on property next to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.