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Avenir is wrong for Palm Beach Gardens: city planners

October 25, 2013 03:00PM

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Rendering of Avenir and map

Palm Beach Gardens planners fear the Coral Gables-based WAL Development Group’s plans for a 7,600-house development called Avenir would threaten the “rural character” of the area.

A requested plan amendment would increase the number of proposed homes to 9,520, planners told the Development Review Committee in a memo. The developer can only build 406 homes on the 7.4-square-mile tract under current zoning laws.

Danny Lopez, a principal for WAL, told the Palm Beach Post that WAL will prepare responses and makes changes given the staff’s feedback.

“The comments are part of an ongoing review process for the application we submitted,” Lopez said in a statement, cited by the Post. “We believe the process shows that our vision of Avenir could connect economic opportunities, environmental, health care, educational and community improvements in one project.”

A 10-acre Jupiter panel at a former waterfront mobile home park would need to be studied by archeologists before it is developed. The land likely contains historical artifacts underground. [Palm Beach Post]Mark Maurer

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