A application to spend about $15 million to redevelop about a dozen acres that are “the heartbeat of Jupiter” was given initial approval Thursday night by the town council.

The property is located behind Miller’s Jupiter Ale House restaurant on the the southwest corner of Alt. A1A and Center Street. Many local businesses, from tile companies to bicycle shops, are in the area.

The application for the project called Center Park calls for a three-story storage building and offices/warehouse. A portion of the property would be rezoned from commercial to industrial. Buildings would be 35 feet high.

Supporters of the plan said redevelopment is needed to maintain property values and attract new investment.

“This is a positive step for our town,” said nearby resident Jeff Orr.

Opponents said the rezoning would bring oversized buildings and too much traffic.

“Traffic is already too much on Center Street. Thirty-five feet is too high,” said Jupiter resident Teri Grooms.

The vote was 3-2 with council members Jim Kuretski and Ron Delaney dissenting.

The second and final vote is planned on May 16.

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