Unanimous final approval to rezone property to allow a retail/office and residential building east of State Road A1A was given Tuesday night by the town council.
Joseph and Tami Kempe want to build a 15,000-square-foot two-story building on the 1.5-acre parcel on A1A between Saturn and Parkway streets, near the Jupiter Inlet. Six residences would be on the second floor. There is an existing 5,300-square-foot office building on the property.
“The parking on Saturn Street would be very dangerous if this is approved,” said Nancy Albert, a resident of the 120-unit Jupiter Inlet Condominium, an over-55 complex near the Kempe property. She asked council members not to allow Kempe customers and residents to park on Saturn Street.
Council members urged the Kempes to work out a compromise with residents.
“I expect the owners would agree to not allow parking from their property on Saturn Street,” said Alessandria Palmer, a land-use planner representing the Kempes.
A vote on final approval of the site plan is scheduled for Aug. 20.
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, a restaurant, and the Square Grouper Tiki Bar.