Traffic, parking and cost to taxpayers were among the issues raised at Thursday’s public meeting about the $5 million redevelopment for the “funky fishing village” on State Road A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1.
“I’m afraid my taxes are going to go up and I’m going to have to move,” said Karen Mosely, 68, a retired teacher who was one one of about 80 people who attended the meeting at Jupiter Beach Resort.
Town officials counter that the $5 million plan to bury power lines, install landscaping and dig new drainage will enhance the one-mile stretch and bring new businesses and jobs. More public boat docks, a new four-level parking garage and additional office and retail space also were discussed.
“We are encouraging a mix of residential and commercial uses. This will make the Inlet Village a very desirable place to be,” said Brenda Arnold, the town’s Community Redevelopment Agency program manager.
The $5 million in A1A improvements are to start next spring and be finished in 2015. A federal grant will pay about $1.5 million, and Jupiter is paying the remaining $3.5 million. Work is scheduled to be finished in 2015.
Plans also include sidewalks on both sides, 4-foot-wide bicycle paths, marked crosswalks, new street lights and on-street parking.
“On-street parking slows traffic and improves pedestrian safety,” said Stephanie Thoburn, the town’s assistant director of planning and zoning.
Other proposed projects in the “funky fishing village” include:
- Redevelopment of the 4-acre site now used as a public parking lot on A1A and Love Street into a pedestrian-friendly retail promenade. Site plans are expected to be submitted later this summer.
- Closing and demolition of the Pa-Ja Motel.
- Drawbridge restoration of the U.S. 1 bridge just north of A1A. Construction is expected to begin in the middle of 2015.
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