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Abacoa’s $22M entertainment center up for vote Tuesday


Construction expected to take about one year in Jupiter

Entertainment center in Jupiter expected to cost about $22 million to build

$22 million plan for restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater with a dozen screens in Abacoa is up for final approval at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. council meeting.

“(The entertainment center) will bring back live/work/play idea of Abacoa. It will be the anchor tenant downtown Abacoa needs,” said Scott Hedge, the project manager.

Now a grass field across from the 7,000-seat Roger Dean Stadium, the lot has been unused since the 16-screen Crown Theater closed in 2006. Demolition came four years later. The two-acre property, next to Roger Dean Stadium and the 128-room Courtyard Marriott that opened in 2014, has remained vacant.

The design for CineBowl & Grille calls for a dozen movie theaters of varying sizes with a total of about 1,000 reclining seats — including a 300-seat IMAX. The IMAX seats are the only ones that will not be reclining.

“The reclining seats take up lots of space. That’s why the capacity in each theater is limited,” Hedge said.

Restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating and 20 bowling lanes also are planned. Ther will be outdoor live music, according to the plans submitted by Frank Entertainment Companies (FEC), based in Jupiter.

If approved by the council, construction is expected to start by the end of the year. Opening would be around the end of 2018. When complete, CineBowl should employ about 200 people, said Hedge.

Frank Entertainment Companies operates about 30 locations, including about 300 screens and 150 bowling lanes in 11 states. Locally, FEC operates Revolutions in CityPlace and a CineBowl at Delray Marketplace at Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road.

FEC’s goal is to “provide multiple entertainment and dining offerings allowing children, families and adults and based on specific market needs, a one stop dining and entertainment experience,” according to the plan submitted to Jupiter.

Parking is expected to be the main issue, Mayor Todd Wodraska said.

A 1,000-space parking garage, which is used by baseball fans and other Abacoa visitors, is walking distance from the proposed CineBowl & Grille. The plan calls to add about 75 spaces along with valet parking.

“Parking gets crowded, especially during spring training. Making sure there is enough for everyone will be a challenge,” Wodraska said.

The tallest point of CineBowl would be 54 feet at the peak of the IMAX theater. By comparison to other Abacoa structures, the Courtyard Marriott is 46 feet tall, Roger Dean Stadium 43 and Charleston Court 33, according to Jupiter records.

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