City commission OKs first round of Rybovich village proposals

Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach
Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach

In a step to transform West Palm Beach’s distressed Broadway corridor, the city commission approved a waterfront village at the Rybovich Marina in a 4-1 vote on Monday.

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The proposal, which requires another round of approval from the planning board and city commission, would bring six 25- to 30-story towers with 1,000 residences to the Rybovich yacht repair complex, as well as 15,000 square feet of restaurants, 65,100 square feet of offices and 10,000 square feet of retail space. The development is a joint venture by Huizenga Holdings and the Related Group.

The city commission said yes to an eight-story waterfront hotel next to Palm Harbor Marina, but struck down a 75-foot “boutique hotel” south of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. [Palm Beach Post] – Kerry Barger