Davis Camalier has owned the land at the southeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway for years, and is finally ready to build. He hopes to start with an eight-story apartment building and retail stores, and later add a hotel and condos.
But some residents, a former city commissioner and another developer see flaws in the project. One of the issues is parking, something that a local property investor said doomed the retail part of another mixed-use development nearby.
“What has killed the Casa Costa product has been the access to parking,” said Andrew Podray, who recently bought Casa Costa’s retail space and hopes to make it more successful. “It’s going to be Casa Costa all over again.”
Residents and officials alike want Ocean One to be successful — the 3.6-acre project is in the middle of where the city’s downtown would be, once it’s populated. It’s within walking distance of the Boynton Harbor Marina and Ocean Avenue. It’s across from another retail/residential development under construction, 500 Ocean. Even better, city staff says, it’s within a half mile of where a train station is supposed to be built for the planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter train, at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street.
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