Panel ap­proves ‘gate­way’ houses

Scaled-down de­signs for homes on North Ocean Boule­vard fi­nally please board, neigh­bors.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAR­RELL HOFHEINZ

Own­ers of two prop­er­ties at the so­called “gate­way to the North End” fi­nally got what they had been seek­ing for months amid boil­ing con­tro­versy. Both won town ap­proval last week to build houses fac­ing the sea on side-by-side lots in the 900 block of North Ocean Boule­vard.

But the Ar­chi­tec­tural Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval came only af­ter re­peated ad­mo­ni­tions from board mem­bers and neigh­bors to scale down their pro­posed de­signs.

Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing, in fact, was re­mark­ably low-key, con­sid­er­ing the heated ex­changes be­tween ar­chi­tects, at­tor­neys and neigh­bors that had marked prior re­views of the house de­signs. In­stead, both prop­erty own­ers ar­rived at Town Hall with the en­dorse­ment of the ma­jor­ity of the neigh­bors who had pre­vi­ously ob­jected to the projects as be­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate and too large for what they dubbed the North End’s gate­way.

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