Jupiter’s Love Street parking lot to cost half the expected price

Town councilors discussed the significant savings in light fixtures for the Love Street parking lot project.


Improvements to the Love Street parking lot will cost less than expected.

Jupiter town councilors got the news Wednesday evening during a presentation from Thomas V. Driscoll, director of engineering, parks and public works, at a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

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The town had allocated $44,250 in the current fiscal year for design of the project and had set aside $722,382 in the next fiscal year for construction. Now staff anticipate construction will cost around $368,000.

The cost decrease comes from reducing the number of light poles from 18 to eight, and going with LED lights instead of the more costly decorative fixtures like those that line State Road A1A, Driscoll said.

“I love the fixtures. I love the $350,000 cost savings,” Councilman Jim Kuretski said.

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Driscoll anticipated that plans and permitting will happen in October, with bids out in December and construction to begin in April 2019, just after the town’s busy season ends.

The project will be built in conjunction with the Lighthouse Promenade project, a 30-foot-wide roadway on A1A that narrows to a pedestrian-only portion toward the Jupiter Inlet.

Staffers are still waiting for lighting plans from Love Street developer Charles Modica, since the town will include the Lighthouse Promenade and Love Street lighting onto the town’s electricity load center, Driscoll said. This delay could affect the start date for construction of the parking lot.

In addition to the lighting, parking lot improvements will include 175 parking spaces, landscaping, irrigation, a future connection to the Promenade project and replacing the existing well with potable water.

The redevelopment of Love Street has been a source of contention for the past three years because some residents oppose the plan for an outdoor market with restaurants, offices and shops. Opponents have equated the proposal to “another Harbourside,” the retail and entertainment center on the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road.



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