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Controversial Boynton Beach development up for debate at Tuesday's night commission meeting

8-story building would be located near Ocean Avenue, Federal Highway
Posted at 3:32 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 17:56:52-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Controversial new apartments and retail space will be discussed by city leaders Tuesday night in Boynton Beach.

The proposed eight-story development is located near Ocean Avenue and Federal Highway.

However, the plan is receiving pushback from nearby businesses.

Currently, at the location are one-story businesses.

However, the development called "Legacy at Boynton Beach" would be eight stories of retail space and apartments.

The owner of Hurricane Alley across the street isn't a fan of the proposal.

Kim Kelly, Hurricane Alley owner in Boynton Beach
Kim Kelly, the owner of Hurricane Alley in Boynton Beach, opposes the new mixed-use development near her business.

"A hotel would be much better in downtown," said Hurricane Alley owner Kim Kelly.

She said she would love to see more development to help create a downtown feel to Boynton Beach but thinks there should be a comprehensive plan.

"Rather than putting three mixed-use projects in a very dense area, let's make this a comprehensive working downtown to boost the economy," Kelly said.

"My initial thought [was that] it would be nice to have more business in the area," said landlord Robert Nebb.

He owns the Ocean Plaza that would sit right next to the eight stories.

Nebb said the development would get rid of an area street, which would not be good for his tenants or the people who live in the area.

The developer's plans show Southeast First Avenue being cut off, which is currently used for deliveries and homeowners.

"It is going to be a nightmare. They expect large vehicles to make U-turns [if the development is built]," Nebb said.

Christina Romelus, Boynton Beach Commissioner
Boynton Beach Commissioner Christina Romelus is encouraged by the interest shown in the proposed development.

Commissioner Christina Romelus said she hears the complaints being made about this project.

She said the interest being shown to develop downtown is a good thing for the city.

"This interest that we see is normal and we have been anticipating it," said Romelus.

However, she also wants to see the right type of development and Tuesday's commission meeting will be the time to discuss if this project is right for the city.