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Westlake Commerce Center adds to city’s real estate boom


Sign at entrance to Westlake.


A partnership between Fort Lauderdale-based Mitchell Property Realty and Atlanta-based Ridgeline Property Group has set the stage for the first office/industrial development in Westlake. The partnership has purchased 17.5 acres for $8 million to build Westlake Commerce Center within the 50-acre Westlake Landings.


Ed Mitchell, a principal at Mitchell Property Realty, said population growth will ensure the success of the project. “With the population exploding in Westlake and surrounding communities, I think we will be attractive to any company seeking a regional distribution or last-mile facility.”


The project consists of developing a 227,000-square-foot of office, warehouse and distribution center. The industrial section will have 32-foot ceilings and will be configured for a single user or multiple 10,000-square-foot users. Mitchell expects to break ground in the fall and have the project completed by the middle of 2023.


Westlake Commerce Center is one of many developments in Westlake. Under construction are a self-storage facility, a Publix shopping center and Christ Fellowship Church.


Developer Konover South plans to begin building the Shoppes of Westlake Landings this summer. The project consists of two shopping centers with over 18,000 square feet of commercial space.


This winter the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office opened a facility where residents can obtain a driver’s license, register a car or boat, and apply for a hunting or fishing license, in addition to other services.


Westlake is Palm Beach County’s newest city. In 2016 its five registered voters elected to incorporate the old citrus grove known as Callery-Judge Grove as the county’s 39th municipality.


Three years before the town was incorporated, Minto Communities, a development company from Canada, purchased nearly 4,000 acres of what was once the Seminole Improvement District, where the city now sits, for $51 million.


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