A Royal Palm Beach project could get more than 1,000 new homes, schools, a theater and more.
Brian Tuttle, head of Tuttle Land Development, said it has taken him about five years to assemble 200 acres in what he called one of the busiest intersections in Palm Beach County. He estimated his project, called “Tuttle Royale,” would have a market value of $650 million.
The plan, at Southern Boulevard and State Road 441, calls for 1,000 rental apartments, 100 single-family homes, a K-12 Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) charter school for 1,500 students, a 200-student preschool, grocer, pharmacy with a drive-through, convenience store with an eight-pump gas station, a 150-room hotel and a 10-acre regional park.
There’s also 350,000 square feet of space for restaurants and entertainment offerings, including a 915-seat movie theater and a health club, according to city documents. The development would also include a street named Erica Boulevard, in honor of Tuttle’s daughter, who died unexpectedly at age 24 in 2016, he said.
The Royal Palm Beach Village Council tentatively signed off on the land use changes this month. There are hearings scheduled in September and October, according to the village clerk. More specifics will come once site plans are approved. Mayor Fred Pinto estimated it would take 10 years to build.
The land, sandwiched between Wellington and West Palm Beach, was mostly empty except for a dog rescue facility, which has since moved, as well as a handful of single-family homes, most of which have since sold, the mayor said. The land was annexed into Royal Palm Beach within the last few years.
Pinto said he hoped village residents could take advantage “of the entertainment venues” instead of having to drive to West Palm Beach.
As for the potential for increased traffic, Pinto said, “Anything you do there’s always going to be traffic.” But he added, “we’re not creating more traffic internally in the village. The traffic is confined to the people who live in the development or visitors for the entertainment.”