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The Okeechobee traffic corridor won't have more traffic for now, at least not from the proposed One Flagler project.


ANALYSIS: What tipped vote to reject 25-story waterfront office tower

After more than a year of public outreach, political wrangling and contentious debate, it came down to a 3-2 vote by the city commission, killing a proposal by West Palm’s most prominent development team for a 25-story signature office tower on a waterfront lot zoned for five stories.

City commissioners Cory Neering, Shanon Materio and Sylvia Moffett voted against the Related Cos. project, in a packed city hall auditorium as divided as the commission itself.

Proponents included the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Business Development Board, Downtown Development Authority, former Mayor Joel Daves, former State Rep. Mary Brandenburg and many other supporters of project by the company that built CityPlace, the CityPlace Tower offices and the convention center Hilton. They heaped praise on the One Flagler proposal for the high quality office space and jobs it would bring, world-class architecture and preservation of a 1920s church designed by an African American architect, the latter a source of pride and inspiration for residents whose support Related hoped to win.

But opponents lambasted the project as an example of spot zoning that would block views, add traffic and trounce a 1996 voter referendum meant to limit the downtown waterfront to low-rise buildings.

The nail-biter of a decision, after more than six hours of public outpouring and commission debate, ended when the three commissioners made clear they liked the project but felt it violated a compact with voters and that it didn’t belong on the waterfront.

The West Palm mayor was disappointed with the result.

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Editorial: 25-story One Flagler too much for West Palm waterfront
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