CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL – (May 6, 2020) — The government agency that collects taxes and issues automobile and boat registrations, state IDS and driver licenses is putting a stake in the ground in the fast-growing City of Westlake to better serve residents in the central portion of the county.
The Constitutional Tax Collector's Office has submitted plans to the city to build a 23,735-square-foot service center that will replace the facility in Royal Palm Beach. The agency acquired the 4.63-acre site from Minto Communities U.S.A., which is developing the Westlake master-planned community.
The Westlake parcel is located on Town Center Parkway South adjacent to Palm Beach County Fire Station 22, which opened in January 2020 on a site donated by Minto.
The Constitutional Tax Collector's Office serving Palm Beach County is constitutionally authorized to collect taxes for local government agencies authorized to levy them. As an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the office is responsible for issuing driver licenses, state ID cards, and titles and registrations for cars and trucks. It is also responsible for issuing state hunting and fishing licenses.
"I want to commend our tax collector, Anne Gannon, for having the foresight to secure a foothold in the community now so it will be prepared for the population growth we expect over the next decade or so," said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities.
"We are excited to be moving to Westlake," said Anne Gannon, the Constitutional Tax Collector serving Palm Beach County. "The increase in population in the western communities has necessitated a broad view of how best to provide services in the community. For every new home built, there is an increase of 2.3 people that our office is required to serve. We are unable to do that in the Royal Palm Beach office. Westlake provided a gateway to better service for these communities."
The 3,800-acre Westlake community is approved for 4,500 homes and more than two-million square feet of commercial space. Home sales continue to beat projections as Minto has sold more than 560 single-family homes since opening in October 2017. A census report in July 2019 showed that the City of Westlake is the fastest growing city in Florida.
Minto is now selling Phase 2 of its second single-family neighborhood, The Meadows, priced from the low $300s. The developer's first neighborhood, The Hammocks, is nearing sell out.
As home sales remain brisk, so does the pace of non-residential development. In addition to the fire station opening, Christ Fellowship Church has started building an 800-seat worship center off of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Construction is scheduled to begin on a new 7-11 gas station and convenience store soon, and Florida Power & Light has completed a 400-acre solar energy center.
Last year, Wellington Regional Medical Center opened a new stand-alone emergency room and, a few months later, acquired an adjoining 35 acres for a future medical campus.
Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in the City of Westlake, on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Blvd. and Northlake Blvd. For more information on the community call 888-299-3628 or visit www.WestlakeFL.com
About Minto Communities USA:
Minto Communities USA, based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for over 40 years. Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 26,000 new homes built in 48 communities. Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional homebuilder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys. Minto has been recognized with multiple national awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for community and home design, including Best Single-Family Community Over 100 Homes and Best Sales Center for Westlake in the City of Westlake; Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida; Best Clubhouse for the Harbour Isle Beach Club in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Minto has also earned multiple Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference for Westlake, including the 2018 Silver Award for Best Single-Family Residential Community.
Minto is also recognized throughout the homebuilding industry as an expert in developing active-adult communities. The NAHB named Minto as 2019's 55+ Builder of the Year. Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2019, and Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2020.