Revised Yamato Villas Project Receives OK


Staff report

After several meetings and a set of revisions, Yamato Villas has received the OK to come to Boca Raton.

The project was back before the Boca Raton Council recently with enough changes to receive a 4-1 approval to build on a vacant piece of land. Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke cast the sole dissenting vote.

Developers addressed several concerns council members raised. The newYamato Villas pitch included reducing the unit count and making sure all townhouses have two car garages to make sure there is ample parking and additional landscaping.

Now, there are only 16 townhouse units and three single family homes proposed. That amount is reduced from 20 townhouses from a previous iteration of the development. The units will be slightly larger with two car garages.

Three story units will flag the ends of the two story units in the middle. Units will house three bedrooms.

“I am not comfortable with this project,” Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke said, citing concerns with access to the site and the overcrowding of the city’s schools.

But compared to other options that could be built on the site like commercial or retail, the rest of the council agreed this project is the best fit.

“This is the least bad of the viable options,” Councilman Scott Singer said. “We have to consider what is good use of land and leaving it barren for another 30, 40 years doesn’t make sense. This is a better plan than retail. I think they have tried to deal with a challenging, unusual piece.”

Councilman Jeremy Rodgers agreed that the townhouse project is better than commercial or retail.

“I see this as the best compromise as to what could be there,” he said. “I see this overall as improving the area. I see this as protecting the residential culture of this neighborhood.”