The Jupiter town council gave preliminary approval to the construction of a condominium and commercial use building along with a public dock and plaza on the corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road on Tuesday night.
If the plan is approved Aug. 15, the building will feature 15 high-end condos and about 2,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor for either offices or retail stores.
The site for Cornerstone, about an acre in size, is near the Jupiter Yacht Club and The Jupiter Square and has a three-story office facility built in 1975, O’Mahoney said.
“Everyone agrees that it’s great to take that down and redevelop it,” O’Mahoney said.
The owners of the property, Jupiter Investments, are asking the zoning be changed from commercial to mixed use. The registered agent of Jupiter Investments is Richard Witham.
The proposed property would have a subterranean parking lot covered by a green roof designed to reduce island heat effect, according to the project application. The proposal also features a sculpture and a public use art walk along Indiantown road.
Construction of a public boat dock across the street is also included in the plan in order to create public benefit required by the town for a building of this size and density, O’Mahoney said.
While details such as the height of the building and the specifics on the dock still needed to be approved, the Cornerstone team is optimistic that the project they have worked on since 2014 can start.
O’Mahoney said the project will benefit the community. Traffic would be reduced with the change from a busy office building to only 15 residents.
The council raised concerns about the ecological effects of the dock, pointing out the mangrove trees in the area. In order to increase safety on the dock, the construction would require some removal of trees for visibility, O’Mahoney said.