This past weekend, 2GHO Partner Emily O'Mahoney was elevated to a Fellow at the ASLA National Conference in California. Fellows are walked to the stage by previous Fellows, and Emily didn't have to look far to find one - 2GHO's own George Gentile!
2GHO is pleased to be part the successful Town of Jupiter A1A redevelopment as a Complete Street serving all forms of transportation. The firm, in collaboration with the Town and design team, pushed for colored pervious pavement to aide in stormwater management and provide a beachside aesthetic. Several varieties of native beach perennial plants are integrated into a tropical palette of trees and palms to evoke old Florida. The project faced challenges from the many old underground utilities. The overhead lines were undergrounded but the above ground utilities have not yet transferred off the poles at the completion of the rest of the project. It was difficult to plant tall trees under live wires which were slated to be gone. The project brings a village feel and a comfortable level of safety and interconnectivity for pedestrian and cyclists.
Pictures from yesterday's ribbon cutting event:
Last fall, Emily won a trip to Australia through the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes. The trip included airfare and a stay at an award-winning beach house in Mackeral Bay (near Sydney). She extended her trip to include exploring Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rain Forest, and more.
Read more about her adventures here.
Experts judge Harbourside Place. Did they love it or hate it?
August 27, 2015
The Jupiter complex won the national private project of the year in southeast Florida and the Caribbean.
“See? I told you. Harbourside Place is a true urban project that brings substantial public benefit to the community,” said Nick Mastroianni, the president of Allied Capital & Development, the Jupiter-basedcompany that built the project on 10 acres on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research and education organization with offices in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, and London. Its stated mission is “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide”.
Harbourside Place was selected over the four other finalists. They were: Frost Music Studio, University of Miami, Coral Gables; New River Yacht Club, Fort Lauderdale; Royal Caribbean Production Studio, Miami; and Vagabond Hotel, Miami.
Harbourside’s design as a destination set it apart from the other finalists, said George Gentile, senior partner at Gentile, Glas Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates, Inc. The company was the site planner and landscape architect on the project on the former site of the Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum.
“Harbourside has everything for the community to enjoy. Entertainment, food, hotel, music. Now you have Tiger Woods in there. And the Riverwalk provides public access,” said Gentile, who was one of the 650 people who attended the awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Miami.
Critics have complained about increased traffic, noise and parking since Harbourside Place opened in December.
Proponents argue Harbourside Place provides waterfront access and brings jobs and tax revenue to the town.
Mastroianni said the award is vindication that the project is the right fit for Jupiter.
“The public and private connectivity is what makes the project work. This type of project was needed in Jupiter,” said Mastroianni.
FIRST LOOK: What it’s like at Tiger Woods’ new Harbourside Place restaurant
August 10, 2015
By: Carlos Frías
Golfer Tiger Woods has got game — in the restaurant business.
More than 70 people streamed in the moment the velvet ropes were lifted from the door to his new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, at Harbourside Place in Jupiter on Monday.
The 5,900 square-foot restaurant — a sleek and modern upscale sports bar with touches such as illuminated quartz bar and a U-shaped bar that is the restaurant’s focal point — was immediately buzzing with an eager crowd.
“We love going where the food’s good and the atmosphere is good, and this place has both,” said Karen Bush, who drove nearly 40 miles north from Delray Beach with her friend Nancy Braun to be among the restaurant’s first guests.
Woods was not at the opening for the general public, but several staff members said he hosted several VIP parties at the restaurant over the weekend before flying to the PGA Championship, which starts this week at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis..
Staff members said he has been a regular sight at the restaurant over the last several weeks, looking over the final design details. He had told several people he would have delayed the restaurant’s opening had he won the tournament last week because he wanted to be in town when the first dishes went out.
Woods, who lives on a nearby Jupiter Island estate, also plans to make his worldwide headquarters next door to the restaurant, above Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant, according to sources at Harbourside Place, which has public and private docking space for boats. A spokeswoman says Woods may attend an official grand opening some time during the start of football season.
The restaurant, which focuses on New American cuisine, hopes to be a family-friendly place with a “sophisticated dining experience” at the water’s edge, according to the official release. It also hopes to be a happy hour hangout with a special happy hour menu, cocktails, and local craft beer offerings from breweries such as Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing and Tequesta Brewing Company.
The menu reflected that ethos, with items ranging from a lobster and crab cake with a whole lobster claw, tuna “crudo” over arugula and fresh grape tomatoes and a cheese and charcuterie plate.
The main menu included items such as a rib eye steak sandwich with wine-marinated cheese and caramelized balsamic onions, rack of lamb and hog snapper.
“We can see ourselves eating here a couple times a week,” said Pam Gentner of Jupiter
Some foodie and golf fans came out in hopes of catching a glimpse of Woods, but stayed to be among the restaurant’s first guests regardless.
“I can’t wait to put it on Facebook so my sister and all my friends can see it,” said Claire Crews, 84, of Jupiter. “I just had to be here for the grand opening.”
3 THINGS TO KNOW - Palm Beach County’s newest county park opens Saturday
Updated: 3:04 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
By Eliot Kleinberg - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH —
Gramercy Park, Palm Beach County’s newest county park, opens with a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by music, children’s activities, and refreshments. The 1.89 acre park is along 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Florida’s Turnpike in West Palm Beach.
The park includes three junior tennis courts and two children’s play areas featuring a slide, climbing structures, and an “Omnispin Spinner,”a variation on merry-go-rounds that’s accessible to all kids, including those with disabilities. It also has a 0.12-mile mulch path, an open grass play field, benches, and a bicycle rack.
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
The county says it responded to community calls for a safe place for youth to play in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. It hopes to eventually build a community center at the site as well. County Parks and Recreation Department operates more than 80 regional, district, community, beach, and neighborhood parks, spanning several thousand acres. Visit www.pbcparks.com.
By: Barbara Marshall
August 5, 2015
The menu fuses modern Asian favorites with small plates, so you could order pad thai lobster and your dining partner might opt for pizza, sushi or seafood pasta in a spot whose lagoon-style decor reflects the mangrove habitat at the edge of Harbourside Place.
Try: a healthy new activity, like paddleboarding with your pup. Friday night (August 7,) take your dog on board an SUP from Blueline Surf & Paddle to Harbourside for the wine and cheese Sunset Puppy Social at Pucci & Catana Luxury Pet Boutique. Friday, 6 -8 p.m., $25. Call 561-744-7474 to reserve a spot.
Take a Tai Chi class to improve flexibility and balance, held every Saturday morning from 9 – 10 a.m. at Harbourside, sponsored by Agape Healing Arts. Classes are free but donations are accepted. Call 561-290-3641 for more information.
Treat: Public school students go back to school August 17, but teachers get one last blast of summer fun withTeacher Appreciation Weekend from 5 p.m. August 14 to 7 p.m. August 16.
The Wyndham Jupiter Grande is offering a $99 per night rate for teachers with food and beverage discounts. Several other restaurants and retailers are also offering teacher discounts before its back to the chalkboard.
Arrive in style: Take your boat and tie up at the Harbourside Place marina.
By Bill DiPaolo - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 6:16 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 | Posted: 5:06 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015
The grass is planted, the walking trails are almost done and the lights are installed for night play for the planned September opening of Abacoa Community Park.
The $4 million project, started last September, includes new soccer, lacrosse and football fields. Four multipurpose fields have a total of a dozen 70-foot-tall lights that are scheduled to withstand hurricane winds.
“The grass we planted on the fields should be well-established by September. We don’t want people playing out there now because the grass would get torn up,” said Thomas Hernandez, the project engineer.
As more adults and young people enroll in community sports, northern Palm Beach County communities are building more sports facilities.
About $900,000 was spent this year toinstall artificial turf at Jupiter High School, which allows the field to be used all year. The town paid half, and school boosters raised the other half. Five new tennis courts were opened last March in Palm Beach Gardens.
Adult athletes, as well as the children who participate in cheerleading and Pop Warner football with the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association, are expected to get the most use out of the new 14-acre park at Fredrick Small Road and Greenway Drive, next to Independence Middle School.
“We always need more fields. Especially with the growth in soccer, football and lacrosse, it has been getting tougher to find the space to play,” said Bill Bymel, JTAA executive board director and past president.
The JTAA has about 7,500 boys and girls between preschool and high-school ages enrolled in sports programs such as soccer, lacrosse, flag and tackle football, and baseball.
Workers from Lake Mary-based Collage Design Construction used heavy machinery to tear out Brazilian pepper, melaleuca trees and other non-native plants to build the park, formerly known as South Jupiter Community Park.
Not only will the new park give athletes more space to play, but it also will provide JTAA and other athletic associations a chance to hold more events. Many events, such as a JTAA Halloween soccer tournament scheduled for the next month, help the organizations raise money for programs, equipment and scholarships. The money from tournaments also helps keep registration costs down, Bymel said.
Admission to Abacoa Community Park is free and open to the public. The expansion plans also call for:
— A 4,200-square-foot building with bathrooms, equipment storage and public restrooms.
— A mulch-covered walking trail around the park.
— 195 more parking spaces
For information, go to jupiter.fl.us
The Palm Beach State College Foundation board of directors has elected new officers who will serve a two-year term.
George Gentile, senior partner at Gentile, Glas, Holloway, O’Mahoney & Associates, Inc. was chosen as chair. Ricky Wade, franchisee of B’ing the Best, Inc./McDonald’s, is vice chair. William Greenman, Jr., senior portfolio manager and team leader at BNY Mellon, is treasurer and Trish Lowry secretary. Noel Guillama, CEO of Guillama, Inc., is the immediate past chair. The officers were elected May 19.
Foundation Executive Director Suellen Mann said “Gentile understands the value and contributions a college of this scope and purpose provides. His vision and service to the community are a wonderful and valuable asset in helping guide the Foundation.”
Gentile has practiced as a landscape architect and planner in Palm Beach County for more than 35 years. He has also contributed to the community by his participation in numerous organizations and charities. He was co-founder and the first president of the Juvenile Diabetes Association of Palm Beach County and chairman of the board of the Jupiter Tequesta Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce of which he was a board member for more than 17 years.
He is also currently a member of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the PGA Corridor Association and the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County.
Jupiter’s new outdoor space offers everything from food to exercise to music.
By Staci Sturrock - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
What’s going on at Harbourside Place, the newish venue of fun, food and fashion at the northwest intersection of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road in Jupiter?
So much — and so much of it is free!
You really need a list to keep track. Here’s our top 10 guide to taking advantage of what’s happening at Harbourside:
1. Country concerts.
On Thursdays, Harbourside’s free Country Concert Series welcomes a little twang to the stage. And the acts they’ve lassoed are pretty impressive. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, for example, Kristian Bush, half of Sugarland, and “American Idol” finalist Casey James will perform.
2. Wine and cheese.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wine Down Wednesdays, Sunny 107.9’s Jennifer Ross and Bill Adams play host at Too Bizaare, which provides specials like a glass of wine and appetizer for $10.79.
3. Wind-down time by the water.
Friday Nights on the Waterfront are a showcase for live music from 6 to 10 p.m. This Friday, String Theory is the featured act.
4. Community yoga.
Bring your mat and a bottled water to the Amphitheater each Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., when a complimentary yoga class is held.
5. Free Tai Chi.
Tequesta’s Agape Healing Arts makes house calls to Harbourside each Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Wear loose-fitting clothing and join the Tai Chi fun.
6. A green market.
Local farmers and food vendors sell their wares in the Jupiter Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday.
7. Saturday night live.
Kevin, Virginia and Jason from the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF are the emcees for Saturday evening’s free concerts at the Amphitheater. Sometimes, there are top national acts, such as Echosmith recently. From 6 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, The Helmsmen will play.
8. Sunday music.
They keep the music playing almost all day on Sundays: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m. This Sunday, the performers will be Tolliver & Cash, and Acoustic Soul.
9. Window shop.
Stroll along Harbourside’s colorful storefronts, which include A Pink Princess, White House Black Market, Tommy Bahama, Chico’s and Glitzy Girl.
10. Check out Harbourside’s hotel.
The Wyndham Grand Jupiter’s public spaces are stunning. Duck into the Lobby Lounge for a hand-crafted cocktail and a cheese plate.
IF YOU GO
Where: 200 U.S. Hwy. 1, Jupiter
Information: 561-935-9533, HarboursidePlace.com
Parking garages, hotels and retail stores going up at Harbourside in Jupiter
by Bill DiPaolo
Completion for Harbourside is scheduled next summer.
Allied Capital & Development is using the EB-5 program to help finance the $150 million Harbourside project in Jupiter on nine acres on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.
North Palm Beach-based Allied won federal approval three years ago from the Department of Homeland Security to develop Harbourside through an EB-5 regional center. Created in 1990 to attract foreign investment, EB-5 allows foreigners to contribute $500,000 apiece to U.S. businesses in return for them and their families to get visas, apply for green cards and become permanent U.S. residents.
The 360,000-square-foot development could generate about $750,000 annually in property tax revenue, according to town records.
- Two, five-story waterfront hotels, 178 rooms with outdoor pool on third floor. Enclosed overhead walkway between buildings.
- Two, five-story parking garages with 929 total spaces. Parking will be validated/paid, the same as City Place. Retail stores on bottom floors of parking garages.
- About 66,000 square feet of retail, about 55,000 square feet of office and about 33,000 square feet of restaurant space with a total of 360,000 square feet.
- Restaurants with outdoor seating.
- Public amphitheater.
- 15-foot-wide sidewalk connection to Riverwalk, 2.5-mile pathway from Jupiter Inlet to Ocean Way.
- Marina with 22 private slips and 271 feet for public boat docking.
- Water taxi stand and trolley stop
- Harbourside has no residential development.
- See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/npbc/2013/10/18/parking-garages-hotels-and-retail-stores-going-up-at-harbourside-in-jupiter/#sthash.06zh0Cw3.dpuf
Graphic Plan By Emily O'Mahoney, ASLA of 2GHORead More
Gardens approves Trader Joe’s plaza renovations
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH GARDENS —
Menin Development can proceed with a $12 million makeover of PGA Plaza that will modernize the shopping center at PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road, the city council decided Thursday
The council approved a redevelopment plan that includes enlarging the shopping center by 3,253 square feet, upgrading three entrances, adding 56 parking spaces, removing oak trees and adding a tower and a covered sitting area to the building occupied by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.
The company plans to begin renovations in September and complete them in the fall of 2014. New tenants scheduled to move into the renovated plaza include the California-based grocery chain Trader Joe’s.
JUPITER, Fla. -- It's the $144,000,000 commercial development re-shaping the waterfront in Jupiter and only CBS 12 News is given exclusive access to the construction site. Construction is halfway done on Harbourside Place and should be completed in exactly one year. This is all happening on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and US 1 in Jupiter.
"We get dozens of calls everyday, people wondering what's going on," said developer Nick Mastroianni.
Story by Peter Schaller / CBS12 News
The developer saves a major announcement about the project for CBS 12 News. They've just confirmed the biggest leaser here is going to be a 4 star Wyndham Grand. The popular Jupiter wine bar and restaurant Too Bizarre will also move in here, into a much bigger space.
Mastroianni said, "This is our home, Jupiter is home to our development company just about everyone who works for this company."
There will be many more restaurants with some outdoor seating, shops, and a marina with public and private slips. The developer says the project is creating an estimated 2,000 jobs.
There have been some critics of the project, mainly concerned that it was taking too long to complete. But the town council approved it 4 to 1 back in 2008. Now, 5 years later, here it is. It's a developer's dream fueled by international financing and its meeting the right economic forecast to make it actually happen.
By Bill DiPaolo
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
JUPITER -- —
The owner says a proposed miniature golf course east of A1A would be a family attraction featuring burgers, ice cream and alcohol, but some nearby residents fear too much noise and traffic.
“It’s going to be people golfing with soft music in t
he background. Families need something to do,” said Palm Beach Gardens resident Patty Bartoli. Her Palm Beach Gardens-based company, J.E.M. Partners, bought the 2-acre property just north of Jupiter Beach Road in June for $1.2 million, according to county records.
Some residents of The Estuary, a 150-unit condominium just east of the now-vacant property, say the golf course would bring late-night partyers to a quiet neighborhood. Some residents of Jupiter River Park, a mobile home park across A1A from the property, also have voiced opposition.
“It’s an amusement park with alcohol open late at night. It’s too close to residents. People around here are pretty emotional against it,” said Rick Meares, an Estuary resident.
Plans for Lighthouse Cove Miniature Golf call for a 20-foot-tall lighthouse, waterfalls and 36 holes designed to feature Jupiter’s history and local sea life. A 2,000-square-foot, two-story building with adjacent covered outdoor seating would serve light food, beer and wine. No indoor seating is planned.
Mini-golf would fit the “funky fishing village” feel the town is trying to create along A1A between U.S. 1 and Jupiter Beach Road, said Brenda Arnold, the town’s Community Redevelopment Agency program manager.
“We don’t need another bar-restaurant. Many residents tell me they want more family orientated activities in that area,” Arnold said.
The complex would be open seven days a week. Hours would be 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Bartoli said. Entrances and exits are planned on A1A and Dubois Road. Outdoor live music requires a special-event permit.
Plans call for an 8,000-square-foot preserve of native plants in the northeast section of the site. A 5-foot-wide sidewalk would take pedestrians and bicycle riders past the food shack between A1A and Dubois Road. The parking lot on the north side would hold 63 vehicles.
The town’s planning and zoning commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to recommend approval to the town council. A final vote by the council is scheduled for Dec. 18.
“We are not creating a bar scene. Families are getting younger in the area. We’re looking to create a laid-back, Key West atmosphere,” said Bartoli, who said the complex will create about 20 jobs.
To view the proposal, go to jupiter.fl.us.
Architect Emily O’Mahoney (front), joined by Donn Colee and Mark Crosley (rear) of FIND, and project coordinator Brenda Arnold, walk the dock Tuesday of the Riverwalk project.
Updated: 5:56 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 | Posted: 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The German government has agreed to contribute $10 million a year for the next four years to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, a German official announced Wednesday at the institute’s ceremonial opening.
The unexpected grant, which will allow for the expansion of brain research, is only the fourth time in the 100-year history of Germany’s Max Planck Society that it has committed money to a venture outside of Germany.
“My wish is that this institute will be a focal point for scientific breakthroughs and a bridgehead for German and American cooperation,” said Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, state secretary of Germany’s Ministry of Education & Research.
About 400 scientists, politicians and leaders in business and education attended the ceremony to inaugurate the modern, 100,000 square-foot building where brain circuitry is being studied. The festivities featured students from the Oxbridge Academy performing classical German music, speeches about the value of international collaboration, and even video of Nobel laureate Bert Sakmann kiteboarding along the Atlantic shore.
Newly elected Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche, a one-time skeptic, said he was impressed that at a time of economic stress Germany was willing to support the Florida institute. He recalled the urging of former Scripps Research Institute President Dr. Richard Lerner to commit more tax money to bioscience here.
“Dr. Lerner said, “ ‘If we can just get one more world-class institution here, that will be the critical mass we need to get bioscience off the ground,’” Valeche said. “I think we’ve got that now.”
Florida and Palm Beach County have contributed $188 million to attract the German research giant to the region, including the $64 million building that opened Wednesday. The $40 million grant will enable scientists from Germany to visit and work, and likely will be renewed well beyond four years, Max Planck Society President Peter Gruss said.
The Florida institute is the society’s first outside of Europe. The society is supported by German taxpayers, and so the grant required approval from a committee comprised of both the federal government and all 16 German states, he said. The money is not earmarked for anything, instead the institute will be watched to see how it’s progressing.
“A scientific committee will come every two years to guide the institute and to tell me what they see about the research,” Gruss said.
Gruss said he envisions the institute being supported in the future one-third by the society, one-third by philanthropy and one-third by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.
“We have recruited young people from Cal-Tech, from Harvard, from Cold Spring Harbor. In three years, this institute already has standing in the scientific community,” Gruss said. “If you pick the right people they act as a magnet.”
The Florida institute’s CEO, David Fitzpatrick, said he opted to change the name of Max Planck Florida to the longer but more descriptive Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to “better communicate our scientific focus, our mission, and our dedication to understanding the most complex living structure in the known universe.”
By Dennis Glade
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH —
Palm Beach County zoning commissioners voted Thursday to allow construction on Florida's first wind turbine farm near Belle Glade.
Commissioners voted 6-0 for wind turbines at the 12,900-acre site. The plan now will go before the county commission.
Wind Capital Group, a St. Louis company, seeks to convert the wind blowing off Lake Okeechobee into energy that could power homes and businesses.
Throughout the process to get the wind farm approved, environmentalists have objected to what they believe will be irrevocable damage to the natural habitat of birds and other animals.
Robin Saiz, director of project development for the Wind Capital Group, said the firm is collecting data to determine how to protect birds.
Roy Schneider of the Audubon Society of the Everglades cautioned the zoning board to be patient before making any commitments to ensure the Glades' natural beauty.
"I do wish you would be cautious about making plans that are so long-term and expensive," Schneider said. "We are all supportive of clean, renewable energy sources, we all want more jobs.
"The question is what kind of jobs and is doing this for the long-term for the good of our society? Going toward this as a more cautious and conservative measure might be a good idea."
George Gentile of Gentile Glas, Holloway, O'Mahoney and Associates, speaking on behalf of the Wind Capital Group, said the construction of the wind turbines will boost the economy with 200 to 300 construction jobs and 15 to 20 permanent jobs once the turbines are running.
Gentile denied that the farm would produce a disturbing amount of noise.
"A normal conversation is anywhere between 50 and 60 decibels; 100 meters from the wind turbine we are at the 50-decibel level," Gentile said.
"The sound and noise coming from the new technology is well within range of normal activities."
Zoning Commissioner Sherry Hyman said she hopes that the wind farm will spark more energy sources like it, not only around Florida but around the country.
"I'm fully supportive of this project.
"We need more wind engines throughout our country and less fossil fuels, for sure," Hyman said.
Wind farm near Belle Glade
- $350 million to produce 200 megawatts to power 55,000 to 65,000 homes.
- 114 to 124 wind turbines.
- Turbine would be roughly 30 stories tall.