RPB board agrees to sell property behind Royal Plaza

Royal Palm Beach Village Council.

On Thursday, December 16, the Royal Palm Beach Village Council discussed the possibility of dividing a small piece of village property between two owners of nearby commercial properties.

Two owners at the rear of the Royal Plaza shopping complex have applied to purchase the approximately one acre village lot at 6845 Camellia Park Drive, on the south side of Seminole Palms Drive, west of the recently vacated Ideal School.

Paint Lux, an auto body shop, and Keizer University, which bought the former Ideal School site, both want ownership of the village, which is adjacent to the two companies.

Angelle and Corey Gibson, owners of Paint Lux at 500 Royal Plaza Road, have been in business for 10 years. They asked to purchase the plot with the intention of changing its use to secure private parking and enclosing the site with a fence, hedge and gate, and installing lighting and security cameras.

“There are very few family-owned body shops in Royal Palm Beach,” said Corey Gibson. “Resolutions were passed to allow our body shop to exist. I know we don’t have the same resources as Keizer, but we are a small local business.

She said their store did not have enough space to store vehicles that were in the store for repair, and more families are choosing to refurbish their vehicles rather than buying new ones. , adding that they have a contract with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to repair its vehicles.

Keizer University intends to incorporate the plot into its recent purchase of the two former Ideal School buildings, also known as Royal Commerce Park buildings 300 and 400.

Lawyer Andrea Keizer, representing Keizer University, Southeastern University, Primrose Preschool and Artemis Investments, said there was a shortage of child care centers nationwide.

“Over 50 percent of families do not have access to child care, and we understand that the ideal school was a pivotal school in your community, and we want to continue nursery school operations,” said Keizer, adding that Keizer University has over 40 years of experience in training the workforce. “We actually want to go one step further and engage in this exciting new collaboration between Keizer University and Kindergarten.”

She explained that the preschool will be located in building 400 on campus, with university classrooms located in building 300, which was once Ideal’s college.

“Students in the preschool learning program will go to the preschool program and receive hands-on training,” Keizer said, explaining that the university would like to purchase the village property on the west side of building 300 for parking, so parents can park. their cars and drop off their children, as well as for students to park. “We want to develop it, embellish it and give it the impression that it is integrated into our development. “

She added that if the university did not have additional parking, it would not be able to accommodate so many students. For its first year, the university plans to have 150-200 students, but future phases would require additional parking. She added that the children’s play area on the east side of the site will need to be expanded, which will take up more parking spaces.

Village manager Ray Liggins said the village property is about an acre, which could accommodate around 100 cars.

Mayor Fred Pinto suggested dividing the property between Paint Lux and Keizer. “Half is better than nothing,” he said.

Kaiser said she would be happy to speak to her client as well as the owners of Paint Lux about the property division, reminding council that Keiser’s intention to add more students would require additional parking as the old Ideal College did not need parking.

Liggins added that the body shop is a legal non-compliant use, and Keizer is not.

Village attorney Keith Davis said the property division should return to council for further consideration. “If buyers are interested in buying, they have to figure out how to divide it,” Davis said.

Liggins suggested letting the two interested parties discuss it. “To develop it, it would have to be flat,” he said, adding that the evening’s discussion was whether or not the council wanted to sell the land, which is currently underutilized.

City Councilor Selena Samios brought forward a motion to approve the transfer of ownership, which won 5-0.

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