The proposed retail, office and residential development east of State Road A1A scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. council meeting would enhance the area town officials want to be a “funky fishing village,” its developer said.
“Residential uses are intended to limit traffic, while enhancing the retail uses within the village,” Joseph Kempe said. “The more people living within walking distance of retail establishments and who use them, the better.”
Kempe and his wife, Tami, want to build a two-story building for retail space, offices and a restaurant. Six residences would be on the second floor of the 15,000-square-foot building. There is an existing 5,300-square-foot office building on the 1.5-acre parcel, on A1A between Saturn and Parkway streets, near the Jupiter Inlet.
Area residents expressed concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety concerns at the July 9 planning and zoning commission meeting. The commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval. The town council is not bound by the commission’s recommendation.
“Increasing traffic is putting our safety at risk,” Sandy Bierkan, a resident of Saturn Street, said at the meeting.
The first floor of the new building would include a restaurant with 60 indoor seats and some outdoor seating fronting A1A. Known as in-fill development, the project would allow residents to live and work on the property and cut down on vehicle trips on A1A, according to the proposal.
Balancing noise, traffic and commerce along A1A between Jupiter Beach Road and U.S. 1 has long been an issue. Residents of nearby Love Street, the Jupiter River mobile home park and even Jupiter Inlet Colony across the Jupiter Inlet have complained about traffic and music from Guanabanas, an area restaurant, and the Square Grouper Tiki Bar.
Two projects under construction east of A1A — a restaurant at the former Seasport Marina and the 36-hole Lighthouse Cove mini-golf course — are expected to bring more business to that stretch of the “funky fishing village.”
Tuesday’s vote is for a zoning change to allow the project. A second and final town council vote is scheduled Aug. 20.
To view the plans for the proposal, go to jupiter.fl.us