Jupiter planners offer reasons why buildings don’t fit on waterfront


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Buildings should be redesigned, says town

Buildings would boost the neighborhood, says developer

A plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront doesn’t fit in the neighborhood and should be denied, the town’s planning staff said.

“The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible with the surrounding buildings,” according to the planning staff’s report.

Fisherman’s Wharf planners counter the project will enhance the neighborhood on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Indiantown Road bridge, across from Harbourside Place.

“(Fisherman’s Wharf) will serve to better protect the adjacent residential property and provide additional interest and a stimulation to the adjacent commercial plaza and compliment the commercial base,” according to the proposal.

The buildings would be about as tall as Harbourside Place and about twice as high as the town code allows. Each building would have 12 residential units, two per floor, on the five-acre vacant parcel. No commercial space is planned.

The town’s planning and zoning commission meets Thursday at 7 p.m. to recommend whether to approve or deny the plan. The town council votes May 16 and June 20. The council is not bound by the commission’s recommendation.

Click here to view the initial presentation of project.

Fisherman’s Wharf would have a marina with private docks for residents, a clubhouse, a recreation area with a cabana and pool. An underground parking garage is planned.

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Several Water’s Edge Estates residents have voiced support, said Fisherman’s Wharf land planner George Gentile.

Other objections by the town staff include:

* The proposed modern coastal architecture is not consistent with the nearby buildings in Fisherman’s Wharf and Water’s Edge Estates.

* The plan calls for the property owner to donate about one acre for future research and development for biotech. The report states that biotech is better located closer to I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike.

* Parking requirements are not met.

For information, go to jupiter.fl.us.



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