The Flagler Pines RV & Boat Storage has been occupying the 7-odd grassy acres off State Road 100 near Seminole Woods Boulevard longer than Palm Coast has been a city. It’ll soon be gone to make room for three of the four new businesses–a variety store, a tire store and two restaurants–that’ll accompany the new BJ’s Wholesale Club on the same property, further back.
The Flagler County Planning Board on Tuesday approved the next step–the first with significant construction–in the development of the 31-acre site that will be home to BJ’s just west of the RaceTrac gas station along State Road 100 in Palm Coast. The shopping center is to be called Cornerstone at Seminole Woods.
To the extent that they might see through any remaining line of trees, passersby along 100 will see a significant amount of clear-cutting and the digging of a large pond at the south end of the site, though no actual infrastructure will go up yet. The cleared trees and vegetation will be trucked out of the site from an access road off of State Road 100. Fill will be brought in through the same access road, elevating the pad for the wholesale club by 30 inches, and the outparcel pads by 29 inches. Drainage swales will cross the midpoint of the property, east to west and north to south. Once the shopping center opens, there will be access points off of State Road 100 and Seminole Woods Boulevard. Build-out is expected in 2024, according to development documents.
“This will be the future site of the wholesale club here and some outparcels,” Mark Hudgins of Melbourne-based Matthew Development told the planning board, without naming BJ’s specifically. Jay Gardner, the Flagler County property appraiser who still owns the property, confirmed last month that it would be BJ’s. Palm Coast’s utility will be providing water and sewer connections, though the site is currently in the county’s jurisdiction. It will be annexed into the city in the future. There will be no utility installations just yet. That will happen “in probably another month or two,” Hudgins said.
“The development will consist of a 103,000 square-feet (sq-ft) of Discount Club and a proposed development plan which includes 3,500 sq-ft of Fast-Food Restaurant, 10,700 sq-ft of Variety Store, 6,500 sq-ft of Sit-Dow/Fast Casual Restaurant, and a 7,800 sq-ft Tire Store,” according to senior project manager and engineer Nelson Caparas of LTG Engineering, in a document submitted to the county’s planning department.
Adam Mengel, the county’s planning director, was also almost cheeky about naming the future BJ’s–“This application concerns the future big box commercial yet unnamed. We don’t want to, anyway, name out loud,” he said–describing the coming clear-cutting, or “grading,” in the developers’ technical term, as “intended to get in front of wetland permitting requirements.” Some of the acreage will remain untouched, including a wetlands preservation area at the southeast corner of the property.
The planning board will again be involved in subsequent steps such as site plan approval, when the design of individual buildings will be submitted. Meanwhile, “not much else at this step,” Mengel said. “This will be step one of two, maybe three steps that you’ll see coming forward in the next few months.”
As for the boats and RVs now parked on the grass at Flagler Pines RV & Boat storage, there’s no shortage new self-storage facilities, including several on State Road 100–and another one that the Planning Board was considering on the same agenda.
We dont need more Fast Food.
Carol Gunthorpe says
Absolutely nor do we need another Dollar type store.Palm Coast can’t seem to attract quality stores or resturants.
Keep Flagler Beautiful says
It’s disappointing that there’s no mention of gas pumps. A lot of us were hoping for discounted gas, as is the case at many if not most BJs. But this will be an improvement over the eyesore that’s there now.
Dennis C Rathsam says
NO GAS???? NO BJ
I’m pretty sure there will be gas pumps
PAUL COOK says
Just what we need in palm coast, once a nice small area to live in. Now turning
Into a suburb of daytona beach. I guess we need the extra income to pay for the 365% pay hike for city morons omg !!! What a joke
D Edwards says
Would love to know the restaurant’s
Grow Palm Coast grow.
Yes! I have lived here for 23 years and the way I have seen palm coast grow is crazy! GROW palm coast grow!!
Not that I exactly welcome BJ’s to town, but will be glad to see this current eyesore gone.
Nanci Whitley says
Rachel Pierro says
Will there be a BJ gas station too?
The current drawings that are part of the applications submitted at this point show one there.
Tommy k says
Will route 100 east and west and Seminole woods Blvd be restructured to handle traffic?? It’s heavy there now!! What’s going in on the lot being cleared by Import Auto and WAWA??
Finally getting a place where we won’t get ripped off like publix !!!!!!!!!
We have been getting ripped off by publix and all of the gas stations. Finally will be able to get discounted gas and food as long as the clowns in charge don’t screw it up !!!!!
We don’t need anymore fast food restaurants. Build a family restaurant people can afford.
Growth is inevitable. My main concern for Palm Coast since retiring and moving here more than 10 years ago was and has always been about the lack of integrated sidewalks along many of this city’s arterial and main roadways. That is a real safety concern for pedestrians and bicycle riders. This issue should be one of the top design elements required whenever new construction is considered by city and county planners, because as our population increases and we see more traffic on our residential streets and roadways, it becomes more dangerous to go for a walk or a bike ride. I hope this is taken into consideration by those responsible for planning for our future here in Palm Coast.
Totally agree. The developers should pay for sidewalks as part of the deal. But since sidewalks don’t increase revenue… they won’t.
Yes new storage but like everything else at pricing not affordable. More more more of anything we really don’t need. So much for moving to a nice small area.
“As for the boats and RVs now parked on the grass at Flagler Pines RV & Boat storage, there’s no shortage new self-storage facilities, including several on State Road 100–and another one that the Planning Board was considering on the same agenda.” Sad, if anything a lot of those trailers and small motor homes should be able to park in their owners driveways. Instead they have to pay ridiculous rents because they are perceived to be an eyesore, but it’s okay to have campaign signs in yards from last summer and trash all over?
Yes! Trailers, boats and campers should be allowed to be parked in your driveway. There’s cars that are in driveways that look worse than trailers and campers. Cough cough pt cruisers
NOOOOOO….I didn’t move to a nice area to have my neighbors giant RV or boat to look at everyday. You want a boat or RV, pay to park it somewhere. Not out my front window.
BJs are over in Central florida and will be another option and a nice addition to FPC IMO
Concerned Citizen says
Have we upgraded the Infrastructure in the area? In order to support all this growth?
No. The City is to busy giving it ‘self raises. And dealing with shoddily built splash pads.
Yes the wildlife will be displaced, can the planning board please consider that factor. It is so sad to see dead animals on the roadside.