Development to the Left of us, Development to the Right of us, Development in Front of us!

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The Palm Beach Post, on Sunday November 12th, reported that the Boca Raton Innovation Campus may seek City approval to expand its technology hub to include 720 apartments, 20 townhouses, a 120 room hotel and 81,000 square feet of retail space.

Alexandra Clough, in her weekly column, Business Watch, provides a comprehensive history of the site, its evolution and its possible future aspirations.  (See P.B. Post’s Local Section – “Former IBM Boca site set for housing?”).

Ms. Clough reports ‘sources’ saying the campus is being marketed for sale with potential buyers looking to significantly expand the uses of this property along the Yamato Rd. corridor west of I-95.  Emulating the City approved changes made in the nearby Park at Broken Sound where the City’s Planned Mobility District ordinance has allowed apartments and shops to be built on land formerly limited to light industrial research buildings, a marketing strategy for similar expansion is formulating.

With the ever-expanding housing influx continually over-developing and over-crowding Boca Raton’s roads, infrastructure and, as was  reported last week, schools, residents need to become diligent of impactful projects at their early stages in order to demand that the City’s planning professionals  build into the formula stricter concurrency standards protecting the residents from additional quality of life challenges.

Ms. Clough’s column is ‘linked’ too below and reprinted in its entirety in the News Articles section of BocaWatch.  BocaWatch will follow this potential redevelopment strategy.  We will investigate further and keep you informed by BocaWatch commentator, Jack McWalter, in future upcoming video commentaries, ‘Listen Up Boca.’

Al Zucaro

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Alfred Zucaro has resided in Palm Beach County since 1982 and has been a resident of Boca Raton since 2008. A graduate of Fordham University, he holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Economics. Mr. Zucaro attended Nova University receiving a Juris Doctorate Law Degree in 1986. He is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, practicing in the area of Immigration Law for the majority of his career. Currently he is manager/member of Palm Beach Investment and Finance LLC, a USCIS approved regional center identifying foreign investment leading to permanent resident status. Mr. Zucaro served as a City Commissioner in West Palm Beach from 1995 to 2002 and as the President of the City Commission in 2000/2001. He has also been a member of and/or served on the Economic Council, the Business Development Board, the Film and Television Commission, the Tourist Development Council, the Workforce Alliance and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Of particular interest is his founding of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, an organization that focuses on international economic development. Married to Yvonne Boice, they are avid world travelers having visited 6 continents and dozens of countries since their 2008 nuptials.

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