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Related Cos. set to buy church land in West Palm

The New York-based firm plans to build a 30-story office building on the downtown site
First Church of Christ, Scientist, in West Palm Beach.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 809 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach

Stephen Ross’ New York-based Related Cos. has a contract with a church to purchase a high-profile corner property in downtown West Palm for a 30-story office building. Ken Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-used development arm of Related Companies, told the Palm Beach Post the company signed a contract to purchase a parking lot and building next to First Church of Christ, Scientist, from the church.

The corner property is at Flagler Drive and Lakeview Avenue across from a bridge to Palm Beach. Buying it would allow Related to start applying for city approval of the company’s planned 300,000-square-foot office development. [Palm Beach Post] — Mike Seemuth