Love Street Project Earns Jupiter Town Council's Approval
Jupiter Inlet will soon be home to a new pedestrian-geared marketplace with restaurants, shops and office space.
The Love Street Project, a 4-acre waterfront development to be built west of Square Grouper Tiki Bar, gained the Town of Jupiter's final approval in a 3-2 vote Tuesday.
It will reportedly cost about $30 million.
Through several iterations, the Love Street plans were modified to scale back on size and density—removing almost 50 percent of the square footage required by the original version. The walkable and bike-friendly area, which now has a density that's less than 20 percent of the maximum allowance, will have only one- and two-story buildings.
“Ultimately, any project approved for Love Street must respect the special character of Inlet Village, with a low-key pedestrian feel to the buildings and a respect for the heritage and natural assets of the Jupiter Inlet,” then-Mayor Karen Golonka told Jupiter Magazine earlier this year.
The current mayor, Todd Wodraska, voted in favor of the project.
The final iteration of the plan calls for two waterfront restaurants, a small cafe, 15,000 square feet of office space, and 20,000 square feet of retail. Chickee huts dotting the outdoor village will provide additional covered space, and there will be surface parking for more than 200 cars.
The plans also include a Lighthouse Promenade. The area already offers a recently renovated 13-slip marina for commercial fishing boats. It's meant to have the feel of an intimate fishing town, with a public beach, green spaces and courtyards.
Some Jupiter residents have expressed their opposition throughout the process, even lining up in protest at earlier meetings. One of the dissenting councilmen, Jim Kuretski, for instance, worries the development project will bring traffic and parking problems.
“[Love Street] will have the same impact as Harbourside Place,” he said, according to the Palm Beach Post.
However, the team behind the Love Street Project said it believes the council supported the final plan because it was consistent with the town's overall Comprehensive Plan and vision for Jupiter Inlet Village.
"From the beginning, we realized this would be a process, and the input and feedback from the Jupiter citizens and supporters was invaluable" 1116 Love Street, LLC owner Charles Modica said in a release. "We presented a solid plan that lays the groundwork to make the Jupiter Inlet Village a gathering place in the north end of the county for local families and visitors alike by providing permanent public access to the waterfront.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in late fall/early winter 2016, with the first phase focused on restaurants and light retail that should be complete in late 2017. There will be three phases total.
Take a look at the Love Street plans below:
(Renderings courtesy Love Street Project)
Correction: A previous version of this article didn't label Karen Golonka as former mayor. It has since been updated.