Near Midtown, PGA Boulevard could get 63 townhomes, organic grocer


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Earth Fare, an organic chain that started in Asheville, North Carolina, is the prospective grocer.

If approved, the grocery store will front PGA Boulevard, and the townhouses will be to the north.

A 63-townhouse subdivision and organic grocery store will rise on vacant land on PGA Boulevard if officials approve a change Thursday night.

Ascend Midtown PGA in May asked for permission to build the townhouses and grocery store on roughly nine acres west of the condos, shops and restaurants at Midtown, which is on the north side of PGA Boulevard across from PGA Commons.

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Earth Fare, a small chain selling healthy, organic foods is the prospective tenant for the roughly 25,000-square-foot grocery store. Outdoor seating is proposed. The grocery store will front PGA Boulevard.

Earth Fare started in Asheville in 1975 and has about three dozen locations in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Only five stores are in Florida, according to Earth Fare’s website, and none on the southeast coast. A spokeswoman provided no further information.

City Council will vote at its 7 p.m. meeting Thursday to change the planned development at Midtown to allow the townhouses and grocery store.

If approved, the grocery store will be built and managed by RAM Real Estate Services. Ascend Properties in Boca Raton is the prospective developer of the luxury townhouses.

Five-foot sidewalks will connect the townhouses to the specialty grocery store and PGA Boulevard to the south.

The 63 two-story townhouses in 13 buildings will be called Pointe Midtown. The three- and four-bedroom townhouses are expected to have two-car garages and rear patios with awnings.

The houses will be closest to the side of the existing Midtown development that includes Christopher’s Kitchen and Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse. They will be priced at about $450,000 to $625,000, Ascend Principal Dean Borg previously said.

The homes will be about 2,100- to 2,500-square-feet. A maintenance fee of about $400 a month will cover the landscaping, exterior repainting and roof repairs, Borg said in October.

A recreation pavilion with veranda is proposed. The pavilion and a pool are designed to front the existing lake.

Ascend PGA Midtown purchased the property for $7.2 million in April.

The same developers did the Pointe 100 project, 100 homes at Eighteenth Street and Powerline Road in Boca Raton and a luxury rental apartment complex in Wilton Manors.



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