Avenir update: Palm Beach Gardens OKs neighborhood for older residents, dog parks, offices

Over the next several years, Avenir will bring more than 4,000 new homes to 4,750 acres at the western edge of Palm Beach Gardens.

Kristina Webb
Special to The Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH GARDENS — A community for older people, a trio of dog parks and potentially a 1 million square-foot office development are coming to Avenir.

Those items were among a spate of approvals granted by the city council July 13 for the sprawling development on the city’s west side. Mayor Chelsea Reed was absent from the meeting.

By the time it’s built out, Avenir will bring about 4,000 new homes to 4,750 acres off Northlake Boulevard west of Florida’s Turnpike that once was the Vavrus ranch. It stands to increase the population of Palm Beach Gardens by as many as 10,000 people once every home is occupied.

Age-restricted community gets initial OK

The council gave the OK for the site plan of a 491-unit single-family home, age-restricted community on Avenir’s west side, at the northwest corner of Avenir Drive and Panther National Boulevard. 

The new community sits on about 150 acres bordered by another of Avenir’s residential communities to the south, Panther National’s golf course community to the north and east, and the forested property known as Mecca Farms to the west

Maintenance facility approved for Avenir golf course

Also approved July 13 was a site plan for a maintenance facility for the golf course in Panther National at the north end of Avenir.

The maintenance facility was already part of the approved master plan.

What’s being built in Avenir?

Over the next five years, projects being completed in the luxury community will include: 

  • A small hospital and medical offices that are being built by Jupiter Medical Center and UF Health. 
  • A town center with a supermarket with a drive-thru pharmacy, a drug store with a drive-thru window, 55,000 square feet of restaurant space and 250 townhomes, plus 120,000 square feet of office space. 
  • A 18-hole golf course and training facility designed by Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas. 
  • A 16,000-square-foot clubhouse on the west side of Avenir that will have two pools, cabanas, pavilions, a fitness center, eight tennis courts, six pickleball courts, a spa and a kids’ zone.