Levatas LLC will move out of its headquarters at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens and into the former Revolutions Bowling space in West Palm Beach.
A high-tech marketing agency plans to move its headquarters from one mixed-use center to another.
Levatas LLC will move its headquarters at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens to the former CityPlace in West Palm Beach, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County said Tuesday. The deal marks the latest office tenant to take retail space at the center.
Levatas creates artificial intelligence software for clients such as IBM, Dell, Cisco and the Duffy’s chain of sports bars. The company plans to move into 16,000 square feet of ground-floor space at the former Revolutions Bowling Bar & Grille at Rosemary Square, the new name for CityPlace, in early 2020.
Levatas will create 50 new jobs at an average wage of $105,490, the Business Development Board said. The company was promised a $350,000 tax refund from Florida’s Qualified Target Industry program.
Levatas was launched in the garage of founder Chris Nielsen. It has a roster of blue-chip clients that includes NextEra Energy and its Florida Power & Light unit, Orangetheory Fitness, Royal Caribbean, PGA of America, Babcock Ranch, HSBC, Dell and IBM.
The company’s work force includes engineers and data scientists, and Nielsen said easy access to the Brightline rail service was one draw.
“The new Rosemary Square office’s proximity to Brightline opens up a lot of possibility we didn’t have before, both for employees and clients,” Nielsen said in a statement. “It’s also nice to be in a creative, urban hub, close to where many of our employees live and play.”
The decor at Levatas’ Palm Beach Gardens headquarters includes features that have become nearly mandatory for tech employers. Superhero figurines adorn one wall. The lounge boasts a Ping-Pong table, an espresso maker and a fridge stocked with microbrews.
Rosemary Square, for its part, has begun to welcome more offices amid a revolving door of retail and restaurant tenants. Revolutions closed this spring after years of disputes with its landlord. The Venture X co-working space occupies a spot at the south end of the center, near the LA Fitness space where Barnes & Noble once sold books.
Since CityPlace’s debut in 2000, the center has packed in the crowds but struggled to keep tenants. The property, owned by Related Cos., twice has defaulted on a $150 million mortgage. FAO Schwarz and Macy’s were among the original merchants that have closed.
The revolving roster of eateries to depart over the years includes Bacio, B.B. King’s, Bowery Palm Beach, Brewzzi, Burger & Beer Joint, Carousel Can Can Cafe, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CityPlace Tap House, Columbia, Field of Greens, Italian Oven Cafe, Jinja Bar, Kona
Grill, La Salsa, Lafayette’s, Legal Sea Foods, Mark’s CityPlace, McCormick & Schmick’s, Mellow Mushroom, Original Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Taco Vida, Taverna Opa, Tsunami, Village Gourmet and Wild Olives.
Revolutions occupied a cavernous space just north of the former Macy’s at Rosemary Square. Meanwhile, Related Cos. in May broke ground on a new 300,000-square-foot office tower at Rosemary Square.