- Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A developer’s plans to add a Starbucks and medical office building to a Wellington shopping center have taken a step forward.
Wellington-based Ward Real Estate brought its proposal for the Village Green Center at the corner of Stribling Way and State Road 7 – currently home to Trader Joe’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, PDQ and more – before the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustments Board on Wednesday night.
Ward currently has approval to build a bank with a drive-through on the southeast corner of its property, and construct a general office building on the northwest corner. It needs the village council’s approval to change the comprehensive plan and development order for the site to allow a building with a Starbucks and retail space instead of the bank, and medical office space instead of general office space in the other building.
The board on Wednesday voted to recommend approval to the council with a few conditions, including that the developer lengthen the right-turn lane from westbound Stribling Way into the plaza.
Kate DeWitt, a planner for Cotleur and Hearing who represented Ward at the board meeting, said the developer has been looking for five years for a tenant to occupy the bank building – with no luck.
“With the current state of retail banking … it’s not as viable as it once was,” she said. Changing the office building use from general office to medical office also makes sense, she added, because the area is “becoming a hub for medical and health care.”
The plans will be scheduled for a future village council meeting.