Home Developer Plans To Build On Diocese Land In Southern Wellington

A rendering provided by Pulte Homes showing what its planned residential units could look like in southern Wellington. image courtesy Pulte Homes

One of the country’s largest home builders wants to construct 42 single-family homes on Wellington land that it has arranged to buy from the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach.

PulteGroup Inc. said it has 22.5 acres under contract behind St. Therese De Lisieux Catholic Church at 11800 Lake Worth Road, south of the intersection with 120th Ave. South.

“We are going through approvals in Wellington right now and expect to close in late 2024,” said Tim Chatlos, director of corporate communications for the Atlanta-based builder.

Wellington records show “development review currently in progress” by village staff on the site, with the first public hearings tentatively expected over the next month or two.

Building the residential development would eventually require Wellington Village Council approval for land-use changes, after review by staff and village advisory boards.

Plans summarized by the company call for 42 single-family lots, 69 feet to 79 feet wide. The proposed architectural style is described as Farmhouse and Coastal.

The homes could be priced at $1.5 million or more, according to Pulte.

The terms of the land sale were not disclosed. Officials with the diocese did not respond to a request for comment.

In 2023, Pulte ranked as the third-largest U.S. builder based on closings at www.builderonline.com. The company, founded by builder Bill Pulte in 1956, said in corporate filings it has delivered more than 775,000 homes in more than 20 states.