Bank on Military Trail gets first approval in Jupiter

March 07, 2018
Artist rendition of proposed First Citizens Bank in Jupiter (Town of Jupiter)

Construction of a First Citizens Bank at the Barcelona Jupiter Apartments residential and retail complex on Military Trail received tentative unanimous approval at Tuesday’s council meeting.

A final town council vote is scheduled for April 3.

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The plan, on the west side of Military Trail across from the U.S. Post Office, calls for building the two-story bank on a vacant one-acre section of the property. The original plan called for using the parcel on the west side of Military Trail across from the U.S. Post Office for restaurant/retail or medical office.

The 351-unit Barcelona Jupiter apartment and commercial complex includes Culver’s Butterburger & Frozen Custard, a popular Wisconsin-based restaurant chain that opened in Jupiter in 2016.

The property was originally the Whitehaven Senior Mobile Home Park, established by Bob and Loretta White in the 1960s when Military Trail was a two-lane dirt road. The park was sold in 2013, and the Barcelona Jupiter apartment and commercial complex was built.

Access points to First Citizens Bank would be from Military Trail and Sierra Drive. The 47-foot-high building, which would employ about 22 people, would not have a drive-through window. If approved, construction is expected to start this year.

In other action, the town approved:

* About $297,000 for E&F Florida Enterprises for concrete sidewalk construction and other concrete work.

* About $100,000 from impact fees for police equipment including two marked patrol vehicles, vehicle equipment, weapons, protective vests, mobile display terminals and other police equipment.

* A total of $23,500 for community organizations. The amount includes $6,000 each for the Humane Society of Jupiter (Furry Friends), Busch Wildlife and the Loxahatchee River Historical Society (Jupiter Lighthouse); a total of $5,000 to Dwyer and Jupiter High schools and Jupiter Middle School and $500 to Jupiter Christian School.

* About $21,000 in forfeiture funds for the Jupiter Police Department to set up and train a Peer Support Group. The team of 19 volunteer sworn and non-sworn police employees will establish relationships with local organizations such as Wounded Warriors and cancer survivor and military support groups. Resources will be provided to department staff and their families to improve the mental health of police officers.