When Rick Herishen drives past the hotels and parking garages emerging at Harbourside on U.S. 1 at Indiantown Road, he’s amazed.
“I had no idea Harbourside was going to be this big. It’s way out of scale for Jupiter. It looks like it belongs in Miami or Fort Lauderdale,” said Herishen, a partner in The Alhambra office park on nearby State Road A1A.
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The five-story hotel is about 30 feet shorter than the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. It’s 75 feet tall, half as high as the light poles at Roger Dean Stadium. Up against the double DNA helix twisting to the sky atop The Scripps Research Institute building on Donald Ross Road, the hotel would be half as high. It’s about 20 feet higher than the Abacoa Town Center.
- Two hotels — connected by a glass-enclosed walkway on the Intracoastal Waterway — will have 179 rooms. That’s 50 more than the Marriott Hotel now under construction in Abacoa, about 10 more than at the Jupiter Beach Resort on A1A and Indiantown Road and almost four times as many rooms as the Best Western Hotel just south of Harbourside on the Intracoastal Waterway.
- The two five-story parking garages will have 841 spaces. That’s about the same size as the parking garage next to Roger Dean Stadium. The proposed four-level parking garage in the “funky fishing village” on A1A would have 50 fewer parking spaces than Harbourside.
- The Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum was on the 10-acre Harbourside site. That’s the same property size as the Suni Sands mobile home park on A1A. The now-vacant Whitehaven mobile home park on Military Trail south of Town Hall is three times larger. DuBois Park is twice as big. Downtown at the Gardens is five times larger.
- The $150 price tag to build Harbourside is twice Jupiter’s current annual budget. Widening I-95 from two lanes to four from PGA Boulevard north to Indiantown Road was about half the price to build Harbourside. Developers paid one-fifth as much — $30 million — for the 4,800 vacant Vavrus Ranch acres to build a community they plan to call Avenir. LeBron James’s annual salary with the Miami Heat would pay one-third of Harbourside’s construction cost.
- Harbourside will have about 360,000 square feet of leasable commercial space. That’s about the same size as Jupiter High School, almost four times larger than the Home Depot on Indiantown Road. Six football fields would fit inside Harbourside.