Medical Office Approved For Southern Boulevard Project Over Neighbors’ Objections

A planned daycare instead will be a medical office building under a proposal approved last month in Royal Palm Beach.

The unanimous vote by the Village Council at the Aug. 20 meeting to approve the change came despite opposition from residents in the mixed-use development of Cypress Key, which sits just east of Forest Hill Boulevard on the north side of Southern Boulevard.

The council approved the site plan, architecture and landscape of the 12,100-square-foot medical office building, with 75 parking spaces. The property had been approved for a 12,500-square-foot daycare with 120 students.

The site is part of the larger Cypress Key development, which includes townhomes and single-family houses, an assisted living facility, and retail and restaurant space.

Residents said the medical office would bring more traffic to their roads, which they said already see cut-through traffic from neighboring residential and commercial developments.

They asked for the access point to the new office building to be moved from the north side of the property, which feeds onto the neighborhood’s main road. Instead, they asked that traffic be directed to the west, onto the road that feeds into the development from Southern.

“When this plat was originally approved there were no residents to object to it,” said Ethan Mann, president of the homeowners association of Park Central at Cypress Key.

“We think it’s not an unreasonable request to let the commercial people move the entrance around to the side to get the traffic away from the residential area,” Mann said.

Park Central resident Jesus Nieves said the original plans for the development have traffic from commercial areas feeding onto a residential road where children ride bikes and skateboards.

“I feel that putting people exiting from these businesses right onto our private road per se is a safety issue for our children,” Nieves said.

While Mann said the homeowners association owns the roads in Park Central, Village Manager Ray Liggins said maintenance costs are shared between the residential and commercial property owners, with commercial property owners given permission to use the roads.

The road in question, Park Central, is not designed as a space to play, he said. Instead, there are sidewalks and parking spaces along each side. The road was designed to collect traffic from nearby developments to merit a future traffic signal at the entrance to Cypress Key, Liggins said.

The traffic signal is the primary reason the access to the office building can’t be moved, he said.

“You don’t want people to have to make decisions so close to a busy intersection,” Liggins said.

If in the future the volume of traffic at the area for some reason does not merit installing a signal, the village then can look at moving where driveways are located, he said.

Three other entrances are approved from the commercial properties to Park Central, Mann said. Residents hope those eventually can be changed as well, he said.

 

 

Source:  Palm Beach Post

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