Votes on two major projects in the town’s funky fishing village area are scheduled to go before the town council at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at town hall.
Approval of a zoning change would allow construction of a four-level public parking garage for about 800 vehicles. The parking garage would cost about $7 million to build. A final vote on the zoning change is scheduled for Nov. 5. If approved, construction could start next spring.
The land proposed for the parking garage is 2 vacant acres on the east side of A1A south of Parkway Street, now owned by Hobe Sound resident Charles Modica.
One proposal calls for the town getting that property in a swap with Modica for 2 acres that the town owns on the east side of A1A at Love Street. The town would own the property and a business association would maintain the garage. Local businesses would pay between $9,500 and $12,000 per space for designated parking for their customers.
Another plan calls for Modica to keep the garage property and pay the town the assessed value for the Love Street property. Plans call for parking in the 35-foot-high garage to be free.
“I would rather not own the property and garage. I want to participate, but I don’t want the whole thing on my back,” said Modica.
Modica, a Hobe Sound resident, has proposed a plan for a “Main Street” promenade for shops and restaurants on the Love Street property.
A final vote is also scheduled on a 350-seat restaurant with outdoor seating and nine public boat docks on the Loxahatchee River, just north of Burt Reynolds Park. Jupiter Inlet Restaurant, which would have about 50 employees, would be required to close at midnight. Outdoor live music would require a special-event permit from the town.
Bjarne Borg, co-founder of Stockholm-based Index Investment Co. that owns the property, said the North America headquarters of his company would have offices on the second floor above the restaurant.
To view plans of both projects, visit jupiter.fl.us.