- By Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A revised plan for the latest luxury residential development on Jupiter’s waterfront — this one with onsite workforce housing with prices regulated by the town — goes before a town board on Tuesday.
The tallest condominium for Fisherman’s Wharf would be about 64 feet, higher than the town code allowance of 40 feet. By comparison, the parking garage and hotel at Harbourside Place, across the Intracoastal Waterway from the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf, are about 65 feet.
“This is not a giant, massive building. There are other buildings in the area just as tall,” said Fisherman’s Wharf planner George Gentile.
Denial is recommended by the town’s planning and zoning staff. Denial was also recommended by the staff when the first Fisherman’s Wharf plan was submitted in April.
“It is clear that adding more residential across the (Intracoastal Waterway) from Harbourside will exacerbate the existing incompatible uses and introduce additional code compliance responsibilities for the Code Compliance Division and Police Department,” according to the planning staff report.
Fisherman’s Wharf calls for three condominium buildings, one six stories tall with 12 units. The other two would be five stories, each with 10 units. A one-acre portion of the property would would be a natural preserve.
A fourth building, which would be two-three stories, would have four townhouses and three live/work units. The live/work units would be similar to those in Abacoa, where residents have their businesses on the first floor and live on the second floor.
If approved, the $40 million Fisherman’s Wharf project would be the third luxury condo approved in Jupiter since December.
Inlet Waters, a 33-unit complex on A1A north of Beach Road, and Cornerstone, a 15-unit complex on Indiantown Road and the Intracoastal Waterway, are expected to have starting prices at about $700,000.
The 2,400-square-foot Fisherman’s Wharf condos are expected to start at about $1.3 million, said Jeff Spear, president of the Fort Lauderdale-based Spear Group, the developers. Building the project would cost about $40 million, he said.
The four workforce housing units — the prices would be regulated by the town based on median income — would be between $152,000 and $195,000.
“Teachers, police officers and many others who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it could buy them,” said Gentile.
Fisherman’s Wharf would have a private dock for about four boats. A 2,400-square-foot clubhouse and underground parking for 74 vehicles is planned. The clubhouse would be for condominium owners only.
The three condominium buildings would be gated. The building with the affordable housing and live/work units would not be gated. Powerlines would be buried.
Restaurants, hotels and office buildings are among plans that have been proposed — but not approved — for the vacant five-acre waterfront parcel on the north side of Indiantown Road on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Two residents of Waters Edge Estates, a gated residential community just north of the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf, said most residents of the community support the plan.
Residential beats commercial, they said.
“Residential generates less traffic than commercial. This is the best plan we have seen,” said Waters Edge Estates resident Paul Chaney.
The town’s planning and zoning commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. to recommend whether to approve or deny Fisherman’s Wharf. The town council is scheduled to vote on March 20. The council is not bound by the commission’s recommendation.