Jupiter’s third Love Street plan — this one on less land with fewer buildings — is up for a preliminary vote Tuesday.
“We’re not building lots of structures and cement. We are preserving the beach. We want to keep the naturally beautiful area like it is as much as possible,” developer Charles Modica told The Palm Beach Post.
Opponents blast the Love Street plan, calling it “just another shopping center.”
“There’s not enough parking.” “The jobs it will create are low-paying.” “Pollution of the Jupiter Inlet will result,” they said. About 2,000 local residents signed an online petition opposing the development.
“Enough development. Please let’s preserve our waterfront and the character of Jupiter … a quiet laid-back town,” wrote Beverlee Sacco of Jupiter.
The town’s planning and zoning board plans to vote on a recommendation of the plan at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting. The town council plans to vote on Aug. 3. The town council is not bound by the planning board’s recommendation.
If the town council approves, Love Street could open in the summer of 2018, said Don Hearing, the project’s land planner.
This latest Love Street plan is an amended version of a larger plan approved by the town council in June 2016, by a 3-2 vote.
The new proposal:
* Makes changes to Lighthouse Promenade, a 30-foot-wide roadway A1A for vehicles that narrows as it approaches the Inlet. The amended plan reduces the pedestrian-only area on Lighthouse Promenade.
* Eliminates the land swap proposal between the town and Modica. That plan called for the town swapping two vacant acres it owns adjacent to Modica’s property on Love Street. In exchange, the town would get 2 acres Modica owns east of A1A and south of Parkway Street.
* Reduces Modica’s proposed Love Street development from 4 acres to 2 acres by eliminating the land swap.
* Does not eliminate Modica from later expanding into the town’s adjacent two acres.
One of the two waterfront restaurants will have rooftop seating. Both restaurants will have outdoor seating. The paddle board and kayak rental stands will remain on the Jupiter Inlet. The commercial fishing dock would remain.
What sparked the amended plan was Modica’s purchase of the four-acre Rustic Inn Crabhouse for $8.3 million in November. The Rustic Inn, which closed in May and was one of the most coveted waterfront properties in north county, is adjacent to Modica’s Love Street property.
The former Rustic Inn will become an upscale hospitality destination for weddings, catering and food service management operated by Lessing’s Hospitality Group.
Modica also owns the nearby 10-acre Suni Sands property.
His long-range hopes include tying in the Suni Sands property, the former Rustic Inn location, and Love Street into a office/retail/ecotourism destination that will bring tourists and high-tech jobs to the Inlet Village. The area is defined as along A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1.
“In the Google world, they love places where you can work and go kayaking and come up with ideas. We could build offices to attract those type of businesses,” Modica said. “We are not building another Harbourside Place.”
Harbourside, a 10-acre entertainment center built for about $150 million on nearby U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road, has an outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, offices and retail. It has drawn both scorn and praise from locals.
Original Love Street plan:
Property: 4 acres
Retail: 30,207 square feet
Vacation rental: 23,520
Total: 93,971 square feet
Current Love Street plan:
Property: 2 acres
Retail: 4,949 square feet
Total: 18,052square feet