Finally — after three years of revisions, lawsuits and public hearings — the Love Street proposal to build an outdoor marketplace on the Jupiter Inlet is scheduled for a final vote before the town council Thursday, Sept. 7.
“We’re not building lots of structures and cement,” developer Charles Modica has told The Palm Beach Post. “We are preserving the beach. We want to keep the naturally beautiful area like it is as much as possible.”
Opponents have blasted Modica’s plan, calling it “just another shopping center” and “another Harbourside,” referring to the controversial retail/restaurant center on the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road.
One of the two waterfront Love Street restaurants would have rooftop seating and both will have outdoor seating. The paddle board and kayak rental stands will remain on the Jupiter Inlet.
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’s long-range plans include tying in the Suni Sands property, the former Rustic Inn location, and Love Street into a office/retail destination that will bring tourists and high-tech jobs to the Inlet Village.
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 two acres Modica owns east of A1A and south of Parkway Street.
- Reduces Modica’s proposed Love Street development from four acres to two acres by eliminating the land swap.
- Does not eliminate Modica from later expanding into the town-owned two adjacent acres. That two acres is now a paved parking lot.
Love Street plan
Property: Two acres
Retail: 4,449 square feet
Office: 1,941 square feet
Restaurant: 11,162 square feet
Total: 18,052 square feet