High-rise residential units proposed for Jupiter’s waterfront


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Proposal for 36 residential units along Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter

Fisherman’s Wharf needs waiver to build 74-foot-tall buildings in Jupiter

Three six-story residential buildings, about as tall as Harbourside Place and almost twice as high as the town code allows, are proposed on the west side of Intracoastal Waterway just north of Indiantown Road.

Plans for a marina with private docks for residents, a clubhouse, a recreation area with a cabana and pool and an underground parking garage have been submittedfor the project, to be called Fisherman’s Wharf .

The proposed gated development would have buildings about 74 feet high. Each would have 12 units.

The tallest building at Harbourside Place, located on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway from the development, is about 60 feet, according to Jupiter records.

The plan must be reviewed by the town’s planning and zoning commission and then approved by the town council before construction can begin.

No dates have been set for public meetings.

The plan is the latest for more Jupiter residential development along the Intracoastal Waterway. The council on Jan. 17 approved Water Pointe, a 35-unit townhouse development on the west side of U.S. 1 just north of the Cabo Flats restaurant.

Waters Edge Estates residents have met with the developer, said homeowners association board member Paul Chaney. The 20-lot development is located directly north of the Fisherman’s Wharf property.

“We’re waiting to see the final plan,” said Chaney.

There have been other plans for the vacant parcel in recent years. Construction never started. There was a 2007 plan to build 35 residential units and 5,600 square feet of commercial property on the site, next to the three-story La Quinta Inn.

“The proposed buildings intend to protect and create a transition/barrier from the activity of the Indiantown Road Bridge into the adjacent affluent neighborhood north of the subject parcel,” according to the proposal.

Town planners considered the plan. They returned it to the applicants, saying the proposal was insufficient for review.

“The buildings have no variation on three sides and are essentially boxes. In order to justify any height waiver request, staff recommends that the buildings be redesigned…” according to the response from town planners.

About 11,000 square feet for biotech research and development is on the plan for the irregular-shaped property.

The applicants want a special exception to the town code for the marina. They also want waivers that include:

* The town requires a minimum of 10 acres to build a planned unit development on the property. The project is on five acres.

* The town allows buildings up to 40 feet tall in that area. The applicant is requesting the buildings be 74 feet high, due to the underground parking garage.

* The town requires 35-foot setbacks. The applicants wants to have a 20-foot front setback and a 22-foot side setback.

For information about development in Jupiter, go to jupiter.fl.us.

Unresolved issues

Some of the issues about Fisherman’s Wharf sited by town planners:

- The parking garage needs to be redesigned for better circulation of vehicles.

- Live oak and gumbo limbo trees must be relocated on site.

- An area on the private docks must include space for a future stop for a water taxi.

- Power lines must be buried.



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