Robb & Stucky demolition begins

First step in developer Dan Catalfumo’s vision for PGA Station

Former Robb & Stucky furniture store makes way for PGA Station

Demolition is underway to take out the old Robb & Stucky furniture store in the former Design Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

In its stead will rise PGA Station, if Gardens developer Dan Catalfumo gets his way. He is proposing up to 750 apartments, starting with a 396-unit building with an attached 608-space parking garage on the Robb & Stucky site at 3801 Design Center Drive.

A 200,000-square-foot, eight-story office building with a 1,060-space parking garage would go on the east side of RCA Center Drive just across the street.

The moves would transform the onetime retail center south of PGA Boulevard and east of Interstate 95 that Catalfumo started developing in 2005 but lost to lenders after the real estate collapse. In April 2019, Catalfumo and partner Bob Rawe paid $17 million to buy back three properties for PGA Station.

The project has yet to undergo public review before the city’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board or the City Council.

The city granted the demolition permit, valued at $189,000, in February. If new construction does not begin within 30 days of completion, the city requires that the pad be stabilized, seeded and sodded.

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Author: Joel Engelhardt

Joel Engelhardt is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor based in Palm Beach Gardens. He spent more than 40 years in the newspaper business, including 28 years at The Palm Beach Post. As a reporter, he covered countywide growth, the 2000 election and the birth of Cityplace in West Palm Beach. As an editor, he oversaw probes into the opioid scourge, private prisons, police-involved shootings and more. For seven years, he worked on the paper’s editorial board. Joel left The Post in December 2020. He and his wife, Donna, have lived together in Palm Beach Gardens since 1992.

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