Chapel-by-the-lake: Condo project approved by city of West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After listening to several hours of public comment and securing a pledge from developers to hire local workers as well as minorities, West Palm Beach commissioners approved on a 5-0 vote a controversial condominium project to be built at the site of the First Baptist Church's Chapel-by-the-Lake.

Commissioners gave their nod late Tuesday to a single-tower, 22-story design to be built on South Flagler Drive. They also capped the number of residential units at 75 and a total of 493 parking spaces.

Commissioners had to choose between two options - a 26-story building and a 22-story condo.

According to city records, the latest redesign, approved by commissioners, moved the tower farther north on the property and includes public access to the waterfront.

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