JUST IN: Boynton officials give final ‘OK’ to controversial Riverwalk project

Renderings of what the Riverwalk Plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach could look like. Renderings provided by the City of Boynton Beach.

Renderings of what the Riverwalk Plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach could look like. Renderings provided by the City of Boynton Beach.

UPDATE on Tuesday night: The city commission gave a final approval to the Riverwalk redevelopment project.

Vice Mayor Mack McCray and Commissioners Joe Casello and Justin Katz voted for the project. Mayor Steven Grant and Commissioner Christina Romelus voted against it. Majority wins.

Read the full story here: Boynton officials give final OK to 10-stories of waterfront apartments

ORIGINAL POST: After more than a year of a tug-of-war between residents, developers, city staff and officials over redevelopment plans at Riverwalk Plaza on the Intracoastal Waterway, Boynton Beach’s elected officials are expected to make a final decision Tuesday night.

Plaza owner Isram Realty wants to tear down the vacant Winn-Dixie at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway that once anchored the plaza and build a 10-story waterfront residential building of 326 apartments. Isram also wants to renovate the building that houses Walgreens and Jo-Ann Fabrics, build a commercial building fronting Federal Highway, demolish the building that houses restaurants such as Primo Hoagies, Josie’s and Rice Fine Thai restaurants, and renovate the Wendy’s out-parcel.

Isram plans the living space of the residential building to reach 95 feet, a parapet to bring that up to 100 feet and an architectural feature to bring that to 105 feet, but not across the entire building. Residents have been most opposed to the proposed height of the building.

To build, Isram needs the commission to rezone the land, amend the land use, and approve a height exception of 5 additional feet, a deviation from the accepted build-to-line and a major site plan modification. The first two require two votes from the commission, and the first happened Jan. 3. Vice Mayor Mack McCray, Commissioner Justin Katz and Commissioner Joe Casello voted yes, which makes a majority. Mayor Steven Grant and Commissioner Christina Romelus voted no.

On Tuesday, the officials will vote a final time on all requests. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.