Palm Beach Gardens officials were impressed with elements of this new development

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At least one Palm Beach Gardens councilman was impressed with the signage planned for the Alton development on the former Briger tract. Courtesy rendering

At least one Palm Beach Gardens councilman was impressed with the signage planned for the Alton development on the former Briger tract. Rendering courtesy of Urban Design Kilday Studios

As construction of Palm Beach Gardens’ newest luxury homes in the Alton development progresses, city officials are getting to see some of the elements that make it special.

Last year, 360 town homes were approved in the first neighborhood in the development east of I-95.

Planner Ken Tuma unveiled elements of the community’s design at Thursday night’s meeting.

Those elements include corten steel and mesa beige concrete signs with LED back-lit letters.

“It has a really neat look,” planner Ken Tuma told council.

The full-sized signs will be at the main entrances at Donald Ross Road and Alton Road and at Hood Road and Alton Road. Councilman Bert Premuroso asked why a planter is in the lower front of the sign.

“I don’t want anything near that sign, and it’s so beautiful, especially at night, I don’t want anything disrupting the view of that as people drive by,” he said.

Tuma explained it’s a balance issue, cutting the sign – and that’s what they liked.

Smaller signs will be elsewhere in the neighborhood. Other design elements include a 10-foot-wide, 20-foot-long transportation shelter, uniquely-designed seating and a plaza. Council approved the design elements package Thursday.

The development has faced opposition from environmentalists, who blocked the driveway of Kolter Group CEO Bobby Julien and blogged about it from the perspective of gopher tortoises.

This seating is among the Alton community elements Palm Beach Gardens City Council got a look at Thursday. Courtesy Urban Design Kilday Studios

This seating is among the Alton community elements Palm Beach Gardens City Council got a look at Thursday. Courtesy Urban Design Kilday Studios

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