A zoning change that is a preliminary step to allow the construction of a 800-vehicle parking garage east of A1A was unanimously approved by the Town Council Tuesday night.
By agreeing to change the zoning from general commercial to the inlet village district, the maximum height of a building on the property was reduced from five stories to 3.5 stories.
A vote on final approval on the parking garage is scheduled for Dec. 3.
Building the parking garage on Love Street, the site of what is now a city-owned parking lot, is a better idea, said William Perkins, a resident of The Estuary, a community near the proposed garage at Parkway Street.
“The town already own the property. Why not build it there?” said Perkins.
Council members had planned a final vote for Tuesday. The council delayed the vote to consider parking, traffic and other issues related to the garage.
In other action, the council unanimously approved a site plan amendment to allow two new restaurants in Jupiter West Plaza on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and Central Boulevard.
The approved plan calls for 4,000 square feet of retail space to be changed to restaurant space. A Tijuana Flats and another restaurant are planned. Additional parking and landscaping are in the plan submitted by the plaza owners, Riviera Trading and Marketing Inc.
The Maitland-based Tijuana Flats restaurant chain would open on the western side of the plaza between IHOP and the Shell gas station, the former site of a Blockbuster video store in the 166,000-square-foot plaza.
There are now 10 eateries in the 22-acre plaza anchored by a Winn-Dixie store.
Other plaza restaurants include Panera Bread, C.R. Chicks, Applebee’s, Uncle Mick’s and Palm Beach Ice Cream.