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Land clearing begins on Briger property in Palm Beach Gardens

Development includes residential, research and retail (Photo by Bill DiPaolo) Land clearing has started at  the Briger tract on the south side of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, just east of I-95. The one-square-mile of propertry straddles Interstate 95 from Hood Road in the south to Donald Ross in the north. County officials in 2010 approved its development outlines with an eye toward the future growth of the Scripps Research Institute and other biomedical research employers. Initial plans filed with the city call for 2.5 million square feet of industrial, research and development and biomedical space to be built on the eastern 475 acres of Briger; 1.2 million square feet of offices; a 300-room hotel; 450,000 square feet of retail; 350 apartments; 800 multifamily ...

Rustic Inn Crabhouse plans to open Monday in Jupiter

Restaurant is expected to employ about 200 (Photo by Bill DiPaolo) Monday, Jan. 26, is the scheduled opening day for the Rustic Inn Crab House in Jupiter on A1A. The longtime Fort Lauderdale restaurant plans to open in the former location of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the Jupiter Inlet just south of U.S. 1, next door to Jetty’s restaurant. Rustic Inn, famous for its garlic crabs, has been located on a canal on Griffin Road west of I-95 for decades. Rustic Inn plans call for indoor and outdoor seating for about 460 in the 22,000 square-foot restaurant. There are bars inside and outside, according to store representatives. View in restaurant overlooking the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (Photo by Bill DiPaolo) Bubba Gump’s opened in April, 2012. ...

Saving for a Down Payment? It Could Take You Until 2027

Getty Images If first-time home buyers start saving for their down payment today, in 10 years they still won’t have enough stashed away. Stagnant wages and rising property prices don’t bode well for first-time buyers who don’t have equity or wealthy parents to help them out. It takes an average of 12.5 years to save up a 20% down payment — the usual requirement by banks — with the current personal savings rate of 5.6%, according to new research by real-estate firm RealtyTrac. It could take even more than that. RealtyTrac’s figure is based on current house prices — and doesn’t take into account possible further rises in home prices. “It’s too hard to get a loan today and when first-time buyers believe that, they ...

Grand opening plans for Harbourside Place on Dec. 4 & 5

Fireworks are planned for Harbourside’s Dec. 4 & 5 grand opening. (Photo by Madeline Gray) Harbourside Place’s grand opening starts with a three-hour celebration beginning Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the 600-seat amphitheatre. Maltz Jupiter Theater, Keep Flippin’ Gymnastics, and local school band will perform, including the Jupiter High Marching Band. The Dec. 5 events also start at 6 p.m. Local country music performers are scheduled. Events close on both nights at 9 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. There are about 950 parking spaces at Harbourside, including the two-five story parking garages. Offsite parking for the three events is planned at the First United Methodist Church, 815 E. Indiantown Road and at Reynolds Plaza, 1061 E. Indiantown Road, bring the total to about 1,500 spaces. A trolley ...

Hurricane Grill & Wings to open next month in Jupiter’s Chasewood Plaza

New restaurant to open early next month (Photo by Bill DiPaolo) Next month is the planned opening for Hurricane Grill & Wings in the former Dunkin’ Donuts in Chasewood Plaza in Jupiter. The restaurant is hiring, according to a sign in front of the store under construction. Hurricane now has a restaurant in Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens, on the southwest corner of Military Trail and Donald Ross Road. The first Hurricane opened in Ft. Pierce in 1995. Other Florida locations include Wellington, Boynton Beach, Palm City and Stuart. There are over 59 locations in a dozen states, including Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Alabama, Texas and Georgia. The restaurants are known for chicken wings with more than 30 ...