Jupiter town council approves Love Street project

Saying the Love Street project will be the “delivery of the core of the inlet village,” the Jupiter council voted Tuesday in favor to build the $30 million outdoor marketplace on the Jupiter Inlet.

“This project pays tribute to the Jupiter Lighthouse, a major feature of the town,” said Mayor Todd Wodraska, who voted in favor with councilmen Ilan Kaufer and Wayne Posner. Councilmen Jim Kuretski and Ron Delaney voted no.

Kuretski said developing the 4-acre Love Street project will bring traffic and parking problems that the Inlet Village section of A1A will not be able to handle.

“(Love Street) will have the same impact as Harbourside Place,” said Kuretski, speaking of the $150 million development on 9 acres on the the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Developer Charles Modica, who also plans to develop the nearby 10-acre Suni Sands property, says he envisions the two developments creating a waterfront destination for residents and tourists on the Jupiter Inlet.

“My dream is that visitors will kayak, walk, bicycle and go to restaurants and places all without using their cars. The whole area will be an ecotourism destination,” Modica said after the vote.

The Love Street plan calls for 50,000 square feet of retail/restaurant/office. A boardwalk, two waterfront restaurants and a small cafe with outdoor seating would overlook the Jupiter Inlet. A 30-foot-wide roadway, called the Lighthouse Promenade, would start at A1A for vehicles.

The public promenade would narrow as it approaches the Jupiter Inlet, where it would turn into a narrower, pedestrian-only walkway leading to the Jupiter Inlet that faces the 1860-built lighthouse.

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A Love Street connection to The Riverwalk, the towns’s 2.5-mile waterfront bicycle/pedestrian lane that runs from Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet, is planned. Improvements have been made for commercial fishermen.

Opponents say the project is too big. The restaurants and retail/office stores will bring traffic and parking problems, they said.

“You only get one chance to do this right. This is a treasure of a piece of property. Please don’t hurt the history, environment and community,” Jupiter resident Roy Price told the council before the vote.

Some residents have proposed the council buy the property and turn it into a park.

Buying the land for a park is a bad idea that the town can’t afford, Jupiter resident Anna Current told the council prior to the vote.

“We don’t need another park. I would rather see a tax-producing development,” Current said.

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