Demolition of the building at 11453 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach got underway over the past few weeks. The project will turn the site of one of the community’s oldest commercials buildings into the new Southern Palms Car Wash.
The village gave final approval for the project in November. The building was home to a Burger King — one of the first fast-food restaurants in the western communities — from 1981 until 2002.
Floor Specialists then took over the property as a flooring showroom in 2004. In 2016, Floor Specialists moved to a new showroom building in Wellington.
In February of last year, the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved the initial application for building architecture, landscaping and proposed signage.
The site met all requirements mandated by the village, except for parcel size. The site is 1.15 acres, not meeting the minimum two acres for the Industrial Limited Zoning District.
However, the site is non-conforming because the expansion of the Southern Blvd. right-of-way by the Florida Department of Transportation, reduced its original area.
Royal Master Properties Inc. is the current owner of the property, and according to Planning & Zoning Department staff reports, the building will be a “self-service car wash bay with three pay kiosks, parking and vacuum stalls.”
Schmidt Nichols is the planner and landscape architect, Yates Associates Architecture Inc. is the architect, McLeod McCarthy & Associates Inc. is the engineer and Wallace Surveying Corp. is the surveyor for the project.