Minto Begins Promised Improvements to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road
Project to include lane widening and landscaped buffers on 1.5-mile stretch
WESTLAKE, Fla. – (September 23, 2016) – Minto Communities announced that construction has begun on improvements to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road through the newly formed City of Westlake. The improvements consist of major utility infrastructure installation, placing the overhead power underground, as well as widening a 1.5-mile stretch of the roadway. The project will also include the installation of a rural parkway landscape buffer. Minto agreed to this significant infrastructure project as part of its development order for Westlake, a 3,800-acre master-planned community. While Minto is funding and paying the approximately $19-million cost, the project will be constructed jointly by Minto and the Seminole Improvement District.
Plans call for expanding the two-lane road to four lanes with a landscaped divided median. Widening will occur from the northern end of Seminole Ridge High School to just past 60th Street North. In addition, there will be an 80-foot landscaped buffer and sidewalks constructed in the dedicated Rural Parkway Easement.
“The District has executed all contract documents and the road contractor has been issued a notice to proceed. Mobilization efforts and pre-construction efforts are well underway,” said Mike Belmont, president of Minto Communities.
“As part of our development order with Palm Beach County, we agreed to step up and commence construction on this substantial improvement to Seminole Pratt Whitney before putting a shovel in the ground for our new community,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities. “We are pleased to see this major transportation improvement project starting.”
Construction should take between one-and-a-half to two years according to Carter.
“Once completed, this will be a road improvement consistent with the character of the surrounding area,” said Carter. “This will be the gateway into the City of Westlake and provide much needed improvement to regional connectivity.”
Westlake is being developed on land formerly owned by Callery-Judge Grove. Its 3,800 acres straddle Seminole Pratt Whitney Road which runs north and south. Plans are approved for 4,500 homes and 2.2 million square feet of non-residential commercial space that will become the new downtown for central Palm Beach County.
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Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown over the last 60 years into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 80,000 homes built, including 25,000 in Florida. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys, Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) and multiple national awards in community and home design. For information, visit mintofla.com.
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