Think the fight over Boynton’s historic school is over? Not so fast

Protesters gather outside the Boynton Beach historic high school on August 15, 2015. Photo credit: Steve Anton

Protesters gather outside the Boynton Beach historic high school on August 15, 2015. Photo credit: Steve Anton

As suspected, the battle in the courts over Boynton Beach’s historic high school isn’t over… just yet.

A lawsuit filed about three years ago by a developer against the city over a plan to redevelop the 1927 school has been looming over the commissioners’ heads for years. And in early December, a circuit court judge tossed the developer’s third amended complaint, and did so with prejudice, which means the developer couldn’t file another amended complaint. The city’s officials were “ecstatic.”

The only option was for the developer, Juan Contin, to appeal.

And on Jan. 5 he did, to the Fourth District Court of Appeals.

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Contin, a Lake Worth architect, planned to build a $4.5 million events and destinations center at the school on Ocean Avenue, but in 2013 the commissioners voted it down. Contin, through Boynton Old School Partnership LLC, filed two lawsuits against the city, one of which was dismissed in 2014. In the remaining lawsuit, Contin was asking for money he would have made if the project had gone through.