West Palm Beach locals sue developer to halt condo tower

Group says despite city approval, project plans violate zoning laws
February 20, 2014 04:30PM

Rendering of 1112 South Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach residents have sued a local developer who wants to replace a waterfront church with a 29-floor condominium tower.

Citizens for Thoughtful Growth are suing real estate firm GAK to keep the development, dubbed “Chapel by the Lake,” from going up at 1112 South Flagler Drive.

Although the city initially disapproved the tower, a five-member commission voted unanimously this month to approve it after deliberating for five hours, according to the Palm Beach Post. Locals are saying it violated the city’s development rules by doing so. The suit seeks to overturn the decision.

GAK purchased the 3.2-acre site from First Baptist Church for $23 million last year. Since then, the design for the tower has changed four times to meet the requirements of city  zoning laws. Even so, the committee had to waive certain requirements to allow for the tower. [Palm Beach Post]  — Angela Hunt