The Neptune Beach City Council voted not to grant a special zoning exception to a developer looking to build at the Old Kmart shopping center on Atlantic Blvd.
It was a victory for thousands of residents who have been fighting the proposal since day one.
“They kept saying it was a done deal,” said Mary Frosio. “Well, we said it wasn’t a done deal. I think we’ve just proven that tonight.”
TriBridge Residential wanted to build a three-story apartment complex, hotel, shops, and a parking garage.
Neighbors argued it was far too dense, and that the development would generate more traffic and people the area couldn’t afford.
“We believe this is just the wrong fit for Neptune Beach,” said Frosio.
TriBridge Residential released this statement after the meeting:
TriBridge Residential and TLM Realty are disappointed with the vote but remain committed to revitalizing the blighted site of the former Kmart and transforming it into a vibrant mixed-use community that will benefit the entire Beaches region. We will be proceeding with options for development that do not require approval from the Community Development Board or the City Council.
We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to provide constructive feedback, and we will continue to incorporate as much as possible into our proposed development.
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