Construction is set to begin on the first house of worship in the City of Westlake since it became Palm Beach County’s 39th municipality three-and-a-half years ago.
Minto Communities USA, the developer and lead builder of the master-planned community, closed on the sale of 13 acres of land to Palm Beach Gardens-based Christ Fellowship Church in December 2019. The church is finalizing its building permits with the city and is expected to start vertical construction in the first quarter of 2020.
The site is located on the east side of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road across from Seminole Ridge High School. The church has been holding pop-up services at the school since last spring.
The Westlake City Council approved Christ Fellowship’s site plan that features a 38,156-square-foot worship center with 800 seats and office space. Future development of a 25,000-square-foot building for church-related activities was also approved.
“We would like to welcome Christ Fellowship Church to Westlake, and we look forward to having them as a neighbor,” Minto Vice President John Carter said. “Bringing in a house of worship is another important step in the establishment of our growing community.”
Much like the City of Westlake, which is Florida’s fastest growing city according to U.S. Census data, Christ Fellowship has been in expansion mode. The megachurch’s other locations are in Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Okeechobee, Jupiter, Stuart and Port St. Lucie, with possible future campuses in Vero Beach and Boca Raton.
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 sizzle, and Minto has sold more than 470 single-family homes since opening in October 2017, outpacing projections. For more information on the community, call (888) 299-3628 or visit www.westlakefl.com.