Sunday, April 13, 2008


Within the next 60 days The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, operator of Tri-Rail trains, has invited all interested parties to a workshop to decide whether to move ahead with a large development near the station in Boca Raton on Yamato Road near the I-95 entrance or scale it back. Officials are invited from the City of Boca Raton, FAU, T-Rex Park adjacent to the station. City leaders feel the proposed project is about 15 times too big for the site. Zoning allows no more than 50,000 sq ft of office space and 15,000 sq ft of retail space. Yamato Road Joint Ventures LLC wants to create a transit “village” with a 150- room hotel, almost 200 work-force apartments, 55,000 sq feet of shops and 90.000 sq ft of offices and parking garages with 1731 spaces. Tri-Rail owns the 6-acre parcel at the train station, and the city controls the zoning. County agencies and the Lake Worth Drainage District along with the City of Boca Raton may also have input. Another proposal from three Boca Raton developers has plans for a 3-story building with 50,000 sq ft of offices, 15,000 sq ft of shops and underground parking. Workshop date has not yet been announced.

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