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Related Cos. buy West Palm church property, plan downtown office tower, Post reports

Posted On: 08-05-2016

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Real Estate Writer

Palm Beachers heading west to “the continent” across the middle bridge might one day see a new 30-story Class A office tower rising behind the First Church of Christ, Scientist at the foot of the span.

As Alexandra Clough reports in the Palm Beach Post, The Related Cos. has inked a deal with the church to buy a parking lot west of the church plus a building next door. The church itself faces Flagler Drive between Lakeview Avenue and Okeechobee Boulevard.

Plans for the tower would still need approval from the city.

In addition to the site’s proximity to Palm Beach, the project would have other island links. Related Cos. Chairman Stephen Ross is a Palm Beacher, as is Ken Himmel, president and CEO of the developer’s Related Urban division.

The development group’s other downtown projects include the new Hilton hotel and the CityPlace shopping plaza.

A couple of other Palm Beach connections, although these are historical, as detailed by historian Augustus Mayhew in a column earlier this year for New York Social Diary: The land for the church, built in 1928 and designed by Horace Trumbauer, was originally donated by Anne Phipps. She was married to steel mogul Henry Phipps, whose massive land holdings on the North End accommodated several estates for their family.

And Christian Scientist Marjorie Merriweather Post, the hostess extraordinaire who built Mar-a-Lago — today Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club — was a longtime seasonal congregant of the church.



Source: Darrell Hofheinz, August 5, 2016, Palm Beach Daily News

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