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How to fix Jupiter’s high school traffic mess? Councilman maps out plan

Councilman Todd Wodraska wants the town of Jupiter to consider buying a 2-acre vacant parcel on Indiantown Road to fix “one of the worst traffic areas in the town.”

“When (Jupiter High) school is getting out or students are arriving, the traffic is a big mess. We could redirect high school traffic and improve safety,” Wodraska said.

The property, which is zoned commercial, is for sale for $3 million, said Commercial Realtor Estate Broker Rebel Cook, who is representing the seller.

“You cannot find a vacant parcel that large in that explosive growth area of Indiantown Road,” Cook said.

Aldi’s grocery store submitted plans a year ago to buy the property and construct a one-story, 17,000-square-foot building. The company withdrew the plans after town officials voiced objections.

Many students and parents use Daniels Way, a two-lane road on the west side of the property that leads to the 2,800-student high school. The town community center, police department and El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center is on adjacent property.

“This would give the town a civic block. The property could be used for a park or to build a community building such as a gym,” Wodraska said.

Daniels Way could be diverted so that it connects to Indiantown Road across from Philadelphia Street, which dead ends on the north side of Indiantown Road. A traffic light at that new intersection would make the area safer, Wodraska said.

“Right now if you want to go west on Indiantown Road when you are leaving Daniels Way, you have to do a U-turn. That is very dangerous,” he added.

About 47,000 vehicles daily traveled in both directions in 2015 along that section of six-lane Indiantown Road. That’s about a four percent increase from 2014, according to county traffic records.

The town is required to do two appraisals on the property before an offer can be made. The five-member town council would have to approve the sale, according to Jupiter records.

The fact Aldi’s pulled out shows retail or office won’t work in that location, said Wodraska.

Cook disagreed. She said an office/retail building about 18,000-square-feet would fit.

“There has been alot of interest for office and retail on that property,” Cook said.

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