Publix is negotiating with a developer and the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to build a 25,000-square-foot store in the 600 block of West Atlantic Avenue. The CRA this month signed an agreement to sell 2.75 acres it owns to Pasadena Capital Inc. of Orlando for $2 million.
In recent years, Publix has moved toward owning (rather than renting) its real estate. The 25,000-square-foot store would be similar in size to Publix locations in downtown Lake Worth and at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.
Delray Beach legal eagle Michael Weiner is joining forces with a Boca Raton law firm renowned for its prowess in homeowners and condominium law.
Sachs, Sax & Caplan will be the new home for the longtime zoning, land use and administrative law attorney.
Weiner, 68, is a ubiquitous figure at municipal hearings on behalf of real estate developers. Even his website’s name is all about his business: zonelaw.com.
And although he’s best known for his work representing Delray Beach real estate developers, Weiner’s practice extends from Boca Raton to Lake Worth.
But starting April 1, Weiner will become of counsel to Sachs, Sax.
Weiner, who has had his own law firm for more than 30 years, said he decided to join Sachs, Sax because he could not figure out a way to clone himself.
“I can only be in so many places at once,” Weiner said. And cities love to hold meetings on Tuesday nights at the same time, he added.
On a more serious note, Weiner said that Sachs, Sax’s land-use department complimented his own practice.
In addition, he said the heft of a full-service law firm with a wide geographic reach will help him better serve clients, particularly on topics such as climate change and transportation.
For its part, Sachs, Sax said Weiner broadens its expertise.
“The firm’s practice will be further diversified with Weiner’s extensive background in land use and zoning litigation, private property rights, historic property redevelopment, property tax challenges, and code enforcement defense and appeals,” the firm said in a statement.
“We are confident this milestone will benefit our existing clients while opening the firm up to new growth opportunities,” said Peter S. Sachs, a founding partner of Sachs Sax Caplan. “Our firm will undoubtedly be stronger and better positioned for the future with him on board.”
Sachs, Sax handles matters from Fort Lauderdale to Jupiter. With Weiner on board, the firm now will be able to handle not only matters throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties, but also from suburbs in the west to cities along the coast, east of Interstate 95.
Helping make the move more palatable is the fact that Weiner’s Delray Beach offices, at10 S.E. 1st Ave., soon could be transformed into a Delray Beach location of Louie Bossi. That’s the sizzling new Italian concept by West Palm Beach’s Big Time Restaurant Group.
In addition to community association and real estate law, Sachs Sax Caplan handles commercial litigation and appeals, estate planning and marital and family law. The firm’s main office is in Boca Raton, with another office located in Tallahassee.
“Buddha Sky Bar is the only three-story restaurant with views of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, where restaurant space downtown commands a premium due to limited supply,” said Marc E. Strauss, a broker at Marcus & Millichap who’s listing the building.
Sky Bar is offering a sale-leaseback. It says it’ll sign a 10-year lease for the second and third floors and a one-year lease for the first floor.
Here’s a creative way to market real estate: Starting Saturday, the Corcoran Group’s office in Delray Beach will provide free shuttle service to folks frustrated by the lack of parking near the beach and Atlantic Avenue.
Corcoran says the shuttle can hold five passengers and will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. You can order a ride from Downtowner.
The shuttle is outfitted with iPads showing videos and information about Corcoran.
Hudson Holdings’ Steven Michael said he want to restore the historic homes to their original designs and provide opportunities for artists and galleries to occupy the space.
“We want to do everything we can to rehabilitate and sustain the historic district,” Michael said.
Hudson Holdings, based in Delray Beach-based, in 2014 paid $17.15 million for Tom Worrell’s expansive properties in and around Swinton Avenue, just south of Atlantic Avenue.
Among them: The Sundy House hotel, restaurant and gardens, at 106 South Swinton Ave.
The Swinton Commons project has several elements, the first being to relocate historic structures.
Hudson Holdings’ properties include The Rectory, a former Methodist Church parsonage, built around 1912 and located at the southwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue, east of a check-cashing store.
Then there’s the Cathcart House, built in 1903 in the French Colonial Revival style.
Hudson Holdings wants to incorporate residential, retail, restaurant and office into the historic homes.
Facing Atlantic Avenue, Hudson Holdings wants to create a four-story project featuring shops on the ground floor, offices above that, and two residential floors on top. The company stressed it is proposing building below what is allowable by the city and it is also cleaning up unsightly properties, including the check cashing stores and surface parking lots that discourage pedestrian traffic.