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Chapel-to-condo plan gets more approvals despite litigation

West Palm Beach commissioners OK design of proposed waterfront high-rise

July 09, 2014 03:45PM

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Al Adelson and Chapel By the Lake (Credit: Flickr)

Al Adelson and Chapel By the Lake (Credit: Flickr)

The developer of the proposed condo high-rise at the Chapel-by-the-Lake in West Palm Beach continues to obtain key approvals while fighting multiple lawsuits challenging the project.

West Palm commissioners approved the design of the public walkway around the church property and the protection of a 100-foot-long submerged parcel north of the project to ensure it is never encroached by development. Al Adelson’s G.A.K. Partners has a contract to buy the site from Palm Beach Atlantic University if the entire development is authorized by the commission.

A group dubbed Citizens for Thoughtful Growth filed two lawsuits against the city after commissioners approved the high-rise in January. The group claims the city violated its growth plan and state law by allowing the project to move forward, according to the Palm Beach Post. G.A.K. filed a suit against Citizens last month.

City spokesman Elliot Cohen said the city plans to continue the approval process “until a court says otherwise.” [Palm Beach Post]Eric Kalis

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