JUPITER, Fla. - A major construction project in northern Palm Beach County is on the fast track to being finished. Driving through the intersection of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road in Jupiter, it is nearly impossible to miss the massive construction project to create Harbourside Place.
Only at night is the construction site silent. When the sun is up, the work presses on at what some see as warp speed.
"Fast pace," said Brian Baughman, who works in Jupiter. "I don't think I've every seen anything built that quickly," he said.
Nail by nail, Harbourside Place is racing toward the finish line. Senior Project Manager Marco Gatika showed NewsChannel 5 viewers what the site looked like before ground was broken. Allied Capital & Development also made public a new three-dimensional rendition video of what the project will look like at completion next year.
"There will resort type amenities with the hotel," said Gatika. "It also has multiple types of restaurants from Italian to sushi."
The 4-star Wyndham Grand Hotel will stand among restaurants, stores, offices and a waterfront amphitheater. The price tag for the project is about $144 million, most of which has been financed by foreign investors.
"It's going to help the economy and create jobs and create jobs just to build it," said Baughman. "The bigger the better."
Jupiter resident Danny Foerch respectfully disagreed with Baughman. "Hopefully it's a good thing," said Foerch. "Hopefully it doesn't overwhelm this small town."
"These projects will live on far beyond our lives; far beyond our kid's lives," said Gatika.
Harbourside Place is set to bring about 2,000 permanent and temporary jobs to the area, including construction jobs. The project should be finished in the spring of 2014.