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Lox Council Approves Groves Town Center Site Plan

By August 20, 2021December 24th, 2021Site plan

On Tuesday August 17, Loxahatchee Groves City Council approved site plan changes for the 4.6-acre downtown portion of the 90-acre downtown Groves project, located at the north corner -est of Southern Blvd. and Road B provided that the horse trailer parking lot is moved to another location.

The approval was for the construction of Groves Town Center Drive off Southern Blvd. east of the Aldi grocery store at a roundabout that will have extensions to the east, north and west across the site. The site plan includes stormwater drainage, wastewater and other infrastructure for the entire site.

“As part of this approval, we need to get site plan approval for the downtown site plan, and that’s why we’re here tonight,” said Taylor Parker, engineer in charge of the project. . “We are asking for an equestrian car park which will be fenced. “

The applicant also proposes a network of sidewalks to wrap around the pod to provide connectivity.

“The main lift station is in the north central boundary of the site,” Parker said. “This lifting station will be used for the overall development of the main PUD for the sewer service.”

She also presented a conceptual landscaping plan to be included in the first phase of construction.

City Councilor Phillis Maniglia said the developer-built equestrian trail still presented some dangers. Parker said the owners were working with a landscaper to clean up the trail.

Maniglia also asked about the previously approved equestrian bridge connecting the development to other trails in the city.

“As for the bridge, it is part of the first phase of construction. It has already been designed by a pre-fabricated bridge company and is in the approval process, ”Parker said.

The portion of the sewage lift station that is above ground will be on land 30 feet by 40 feet with a 40 foot long, 7 foot utility easement leading to it. It will serve all users in development.

Mayor Robert Shorr opposed horse parking and a ski lift station in what he understood to be a public meeting space.

“I’m not at all excited about it,” Shorr said. “I look back towards the original center with a large open space [for] public service, and now it’s just been boxed. Who came up with the idea of ​​the horse caravan parking lot? It serves such a narrow range of people, and it’s right in the middle of traffic. “

Parker said the idea came from the developer’s meetings with city advisory boards and staff.

Shorr said he didn’t like the idea of ​​a sewage lift station located in an area intended for outdoor public enjoyment.

Parker said the location of the lift station is ideal for efficient gravity drainage of any buildings it will serve.

“This is the most central location that would provide adequate flow and drop for all individual pod users,” she said.

City manager Jamie Titcomb said the idea for an equestrian parking lot in this area came from the Roads, Equestrian Sports, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee as the equestrian bridge would lead to a start of the trail.

“The layout of the parking lot has been designed,” Titcomb said. “It flowed with the overall engineering of it all. Keep in mind that the city has never seen a lifting station on the central nacelle. This is a new element.

Parker said the developer believes there is a need for an equestrian parking area.

“The reason it was placed there is that the crossing point, which is in the main PUD, is adjacent to this location,” she said. “This is where the entrance is.”

Shorr said he would like to approve the infrastructure plan so as not to delay the project and suggested moving the horse parking lot to another location on the site.

After more discussion, Deputy Mayor Laura Danowski brought forward a motion to approve the site’s infrastructure plan, adding a condition for trailer parking to be moved and brought back to the council at another location, which won 5- 0.