500 Atlantic hotel, stores get Neptune Beach OK

Resubmitted plans for a project at 500 Atlantic received support from the Neptune Beach City Council this week.
The city council has approved a preliminary development order for Phase 1 of 500 Atlantic, which consists of 4.59 acres on the northern part of the property, with frontage along Atlantic Boulevard. This development order was approved by the city's Community Development Board in March.
As proposed in the application, Phase 1 of the project includes a 31,300-square-foot shopping center spread across three buildings on the first floor. The plan also includes a hotel with 44 rooms to be located on the second floor of two of the three buildings. Previously, retail space was proposed along with a 74-room hotel and 175 residential units.
The submitted application also shows the former Kmart building and Belmarmi showroom and warehouse site (436 and 436-A Atlantic Blvd.) as "Future Development," which would be required to go through the same development order process. The plans also indicate that the Kmart site will be demolished.
"As the plan sits before you today, it's completely self contained, it meets all code requirements, there are no variances requested," Katherine Mosley of TriBridge residential said during Monday's presentation.
Original plans for the site were unanimously denied in August 2018 and that rejection has been the subject of ongoing litigation.