Fewer condos at former Panama Hattie’s, Rum Bar site gets OK

County officials approved a developer’s plan to cut the number of waterfront condos in a once-controversial project along the Intracoastal Waterway, saying the reduction will minimize the impact on the neighbors.

PGA Partners 100 asked to build 70 condos — 18 fewer than what commissioners had already approved at the former Panama Hattie’s and Rum Bar site at PGA Boulevard and Ellison Wilson Road. The request didn’t attract any comments from the public at Thursday’s zoning meeting nor discussion among the commissioners. They approved the item on the consent agenda with a unanimous vote.

Related: Harbourside developer’s condos on PGA to have private marina, spa, park

Two buildings along the Intracoastal Waterway will have 16 units total and will range from two to three stories. Two buildings in the interior of the site will have 54 units and rise to six stories, according to county documents.

Related: Harbourside developer wants to build fewer condos on PGA

Harbourside developer Nick Mastroianni II formed PGA Partners 100 for this project. The company bought the property for about $13.5 million in September 2014. It has sat vacant since the restaurant and bar were demolished after closing that year.

Mastroianni couldn’t immediately be reached Monday.

Before this latest approval, commissioners had given the OK to build as many as 88 condos in a six-story tower. That plan was a scaled-back version of a proposal for a hotel, condo, restaurant and retail development, which attracted opposition from neighbors concerned about traffic. But then came the proposal to build less.

Related: Panama Hattie’s restaurant in North Palm Beach closes after one last night

The newlyapproved project calls for pool amenities to include a spa, private marina and beach area, and courtyards with pavilions. Four of eight large oak trees will be preserved and incorporated into the neighborhood park. Parking — 186 spaces which is more than the 158 required — will be in an underground garage with spots for guests in the courtyard.

Commissioner Hal Valeche said the new plan is an improvement.

“When you look at the initial project to what it’s become, I think it’s going to have a lot less impact on the surrounding neighborhoods,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a good project.”

Staff writer Sarah Peters contributed to this story.

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