WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - West Palm Beach City Commissioners have delayed the vote on final approval on a massive condominium project that would change the waterfront of the city for at least two weeks.
The delay comes at the request of the developer.
The size and scope of the plans have divided commissioners and the public.
If approved, the massive project would become one of the priciest in Palm Beach County history.
The 25-story tower would be built where the 50-year-old Chapel by the Lake stands currently, in the 1100 block of South Flagler Drive.
The building would stand 327 feet tall, an issue that has been debated and altered over the past months.
Following a Planning Board hearing, the application was revised to reduce the height of the proposed building from 29 stories to 25, with an overall reduction of 57 feet in height, according to the commission agenda.
Inside, 96 luxury condos would sell for an average of $5 million each.
A recent economic impact study found that the project would generate about $2.7 million in tax operating and ad-valorem revenue for the city in its first year after completion.
About 1,050 construction jobs would be created temporarily, in addition to an estimated 89 permanent jobs.
The First Baptist Church currently owns the property.
It is ready to sell to the developer for $23 million.
Currently, Chapel by the Lake is used as a waterfront location for outdoor holiday services, like Easter.
Critics have said the location serves as an historic and beautiful space that should be preserved.
Some say the massive project would change the skyline and the view.
City Commission will take up the issue for final approval at a future meeting, at least two weeks away, at City Center, in Commission Chambers.
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