Proposed FAU student housing dies by single vote

'Liv on 5th' will not be built
Posted at 11:03 PM, May 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 23:09:56-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Molly Roman said she lives in a quiet neighborhood with longtime neighbors near Florida Atlantic University's campus.

She said as time has gone on, more and more housing has been developed for college students in her community.

"I don't know what to say. I've read about it," she said. "There's extra traffic coming off Yamato (Road) down Fifth, Sixth Avenue, and that's been an issue. My thought is, what is this going to mean?"

What's proposed is a 182-unit multi-family residential apartment complex that would be known as the "Liv on 5th", on approximately 12 acres in the 2500 and 2600 blocks of Northwest Fifth Avenue.

Those opposing the project said the project would not fit in with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Because approval requires a land-use change, the developer needs four votes and not the typical three.

"The necessary four votes, yes votes, didn't materialize. Only three folks voted yes," City Councilman Andy Thomson said. "So the student housing development at Liv on 5th will not be built."

Thomson said the council now must have a bigger discussion about what off-campus housing will look like in Boca Raton.