Bill Cosby prosecutor: The Palm Beach County connection

Kevin Steele is the Pennsylvania District Attorney prosecuting entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges.

But here in Palm Beach County, Steele is known as someone else: The son of a prominent Palm Beach County lawyer and a former student at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.

Actor Bill Cosby and aide Andrew Wyatt arrive for Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 8 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)

Yes, everything has a Palm Beach County link somehow, including this high-profile trial.

» LATEST: More Cosby deposition read into court record

Kevin Steele is the son of Rodman Steele, an intellectual property attorney who practices at the Duane Morris law firm. Rodman Steele lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Karen.

Steele said his son, Kevin, grew up in the Philadelphia area but went to high school at St. Andrew’s.

District Attorney of Montgomery County Kevin Steele (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Steele declined to discuss his son in greater deal because of the intense publicity surrounding the case.

Cosby is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. Cosby has maintained the sex was consensual.

During his 2015 campaign for district attorney, Steele pledged to reopen a 2005 case in which Temple employee Andrea Constant claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her at his home. At the time, a criminal investigation was commence but the matter was dropped, citing lack of evidence.

In the decade since the alleged incident took place, more than 50 women have come forward with similar allegations against Cosby. But Constand’s claim is the only criminal case to arise from the accusations.

The trial is taking place in Norristown, Penn. So Rodman Steele has been in Pennsylvania giving his son moral support during the start of the trial, which began Monday, June 5.

At day’s end, Rodman Steele had this to say: “Just finishing an incredibly long day.”

 

 

Restoration Hardware ‘mansion’ now being built on Okeechobee in downtown West Palm

Progress is being made on the new Restoration Hardware in downtown West Palm Beach.

A man walks past the Restoration Hardware in CityPlace on March 12, 2015, in West Palm Beach. The store could move to a prime spot once planned to become a signature office building. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
A man walks past the Restoration Hardware in CityPlace on March 12, 2015, in West Palm Beach. The store could move to a prime spot once planned to become a signature office building. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

The store, in a key location between the east- and westbound lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard near the entrance to the city’s downtown area, is being built as a designer showcase.

» RELATED: CityPlace plans 400 apartments, new shops, eateries

The land under the building is owned by Related Cos., the CityPlace developer.

Artist's rendering of proposed Restoration Hardware Gallery. (Provided)
Artist’s rendering of proposed Restoration Hardware Gallery. (Provided)

Related top executive Ken Himmel has told The Palm Beach Post that the 50,000-square-foot Restoration Hardware gallery will be “a Mizner-inspired mansion.”

The four-story showroom will feature outdoor courtyards, a fountain and a rooftop park.

The new Restoration Hardware "mansion" in West Palm Beach is under construction on March 21, 2016. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)
The new Restoration Hardware “mansion” in West Palm Beach is under construction on March 21, 2016. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

Mike Tyson talks with Jeff Greene on day 2 of Closing the Gap seminar

Mike Tyson is interviewed by Jeff Greene during the "Closing the Gap" conference hosted by billionaire Palm Beacher Greene Dec. 8, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Mike Tyson is interviewed by Jeff Greene during the “Closing the Gap” conference hosted by billionaire Palm Beacher Greene Dec. 8, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Former boxing champ Mike Tyson took the stage in Palm Beach on Tuesday to discuss his career with Palm Beach billionaire businessman Jeff Greene.

Greene is playing host to dozens of businesspeople and celebrities this week for his three-day Closing the Gap seminar.

The topic of the seminar: Is the American middle class disappearing? And what can be done if it is?

In discussions yesterday, noted historians, authors and politicians tackled everything from tech-related job displacement to unemployment insurance.

Read more about yesterday’s discussions here.

New bookstore coming to Clematis Street?

Lily Connor, 8, looks over a copy of Dr. Seuss' "What Pet Should I Get?" on July 28 at the Books and Books in in Coral Gables. (Getty Images)
Lily Connor, 8, looks over a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28 at the Books and Books in in Coral Gables. (Getty Images)

Book lovers will want to keep an eye on this.

In a recent interview with The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Raphael Clemente said the DDA is trying to lure Books & Books to the 200 block of Clematis Street.

The independent bookstore in Miami-Dade County is a popular spot to browse and linger over the written word. Locations are in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Shops.

“We’ve met with them and we’d love to have them in West Palm Beach,” Clemente said.

Clemente said the owner is weighing the idea, which first was broached about three months ago, but no decision has yet been reached.

Alexandra Clough writes about the economy, real estate and the law.

Top 5 things happening in West Palm Beach real estate right now

The West Palm Beach real estate market is hot right now, and there are some big things happening in the city.

We’ve pulled together the top five things you need to know about.

1. We have an opening date for the new convention center hotel.

(Brianna Soukup / The Palm Beach Post)
(Brianna Soukup / The Palm Beach Post)

It took decades to get a Palm Beach County Convention Center hotel off the ground. But now that construction of the Hilton hotel in West Palm Beach is underway, the process is going faster than anyone expected. In fact, the hotel now is set to open mid-January — weeks ahead of schedule, hotel developer Ken Himmel told The Palm Beach Post.

Read more here.

2. One developer has a plan for two massive towers downtown.

(Provided)
(Provided)

Billionaire Jeff Greene plans to build twin, 30-story towers on land he owns in downtown West Palm Beach. The property, at 550 Quadrille Blvd., is slated to be an office/hotel/condo complex that would total 829,000 square feet. Architectural plans for the project were submitted to the city on Wednesday.

Read more here.

3. That Darth Vader building? It’s on the market.

(File)
(File)

The Northbridge Centre, aka the Darth Vader building, is on the market for sale. Real estate sources expect the Force to be with the brokers who are peddling this property, which for years has been associated with the Dark Lord of the Sith, owing to its imposing black glass.

Read more here.

4. What’s happening with the 1515 Flagler property?

(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

With the real estate market so hot, you’d think there would be some development happening on the prime piece of land at 1515 Flagler, which housed the now-just-a-memory 1515 Tower condo. But real estate brokers and developers say the parcel and another prominent piece of land, Opera Place, are having trouble overcoming several factors: Price, timing and a concern the market may have become overheated, both in land and construction costs.

Read more here.

5. CityPlace is set to get two new restaurants

(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Two new restaurants are coming to CityPlace in the new year. The deals give new life to the 15-year-old center, which is now undergoing a revival as a shopping, dining and entertainment destination in West Palm Beach. The Regional Kitchen and Public House, a creation of local restaurateur Thierry Beaud, will take the former Pampas Grille space along Okeechobee Boulevard. And City Tap House, a craft beer bar and restaurant, will take over the long-shuttered, 11,500-square Brewzzi restaurant and outdoor bar on the second floor of CityPlace, overlooking the fountain.

Read more here.