A miniature golf course in Abacoa will bring more families to the live-work-play community off Donald Ross Road, say supporters of the plan submitted to the town.
“It’s not going to another Pirateland. The course will be a naturally landscaped setting with an authentic Jupiter feel,” said Josh Simon, a principal with FLF ATC LLC. The Jupiter-based company in March paid $5.1 million for 93,000 square feet of Abacoa commercial property, along with about 3 acres of vacant land that would be used for the golf course.
The plan calls for spending about $500,000 to build the 18-hole course. If approved by the town council, the course would be open in about a year, Simon said. No public hearing dates have been set.
The nearest mini-golf course is Lighthouse Cove Mini Golf on A1A near DuBois Park in Jupiter.
The golf course would not be the only new development in Abacoa, which opened 20 years ago and is now the home of the 7,000-seat Roger Dean Stadium, G4S Secure Solutions and the 128-room Marriott Hotel. About 10,000 residents live in the 16 Abacoa neighborhoods of apartments, single-family homes and assisted-living units in the non-gated community.
A mini-golf course will bring more customers, say Abacoa business people. Especially during the daytime when there is nothing happening at Roger Dean Stadium or the amphitheater, said Scott Hedge, the planner for the mini golf course.
“The owners are going to the next level to attract more family activities,” said Hedge.
Bakeries, barber shops, children’s art studios, clothing stores and coffee shops are some of the businesses that have signed leases and are being sought for Abacoa’s commercial district, Simon said. More events are planned for the amphitheater. A beer brewery is expected to open soon, said Simon.
FLF ATC LLC is affiliated with Jupiter-based FLF Holdings. The company is involved in Jupiter redevelopment projects such as Barcelona Jupiter, a 352-unit luxury apartment/office community on Military Trail, and the Jupiter Business Center, a 50,000-square-foot business center on Heritage Drive.
“The owners are trying to give people more reasons to come to Abacoa,” said Hedge.
New and proposed projects in Abacoa:
- Apartments are open at Allure, a 330-unit complex on Main Street.
- Abacoa Community Park opened in September after a $4 million renovation.
- The $70 million Institute for Healthy Living is under construction on Central Boulevard.
- The public Abacoa Golf Club recently had a $1.5 million renovation.
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