Neighbors have mixed feelings about a plan to build a charter school in a mainly residential area of northern suburban Boynton Beach.
The county’s zoning commission was expected to vote on the Villages of Windsor SE Civic project Thursday, and the County Commission in December. However, it appears the votes have been delayed.
While Palm Beach County commissioners said about six years ago that the 12 acres of land could be developed as a school, residents from communities that surround the land at the southeast corner of Hypoluxo and Lyons roads have worked with the developer over the past year to amend the proposal to attempt to best meet everyone’s needs regarding safety and traffic.
“We in the nearby communities were sort of faced with this reality that there will be a school on that site,” said Barbara Roth, a resident of the Bellagio community. “It’s a good result after a really good work process.”
Still, not everyone is happy.
And some are against it simply because the school is a charter.
“This is a business first, education second,” Dean Tendrich, representing the Rainbow Lakes community, said at the Oct. 19 Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations meeting.
Originally, the developer proposed a trio of three-story buildings at 30,000-square-feet each. Now, the plan is for two buildings, both two-stories and 20,000 square feet each, according to COBWRA’s growth committee and county documents.
The community efforts have been headed by the Valencia Shores community, which would be the school’s neighbor on the south side. Not everyone in that community is opposed to the project.
While COBWRA’s growth management committee and board recommended the county approve the plan, the majority of the delegates representing the residential communities in the area voted Oct. 19 against that.
Irv Bolno, who lives in Venetian Isles just south of Valencia Shores, believes the project will create too much traffic, which could become problematic for fire rescue crews to efficiently respond to calls.
“I know there are a lot of senior citizens in this area. It’s too congested as it is,” Bolno said.