During the past two years, a developer has fine-tuned plans to build nearly 400 luxury apartments in downtown Boca Raton.
But building Mizner 200 will have to wait longer.
City Council members on Monday night asked Coral Springs-based El-ad National Properties to make another round of adjustments after a contentious hourslong hearing that included lawyers shouting over each other.
"I think we're close," Mayor Susan Haynie told the developer, while citing a concern over the size of the development.
The City Council, acting as the community redevelopment agency, delayed its decision Monday on the downtown project. Among the council's concerns: The project needs more space between buildings and prominent park space.
Council members pushed off a vote until their Aug. 21 meeting.
El-ad National Properties is proposing 384 luxury apartments at 200 SE Mizner Blvd., just across the street from other shops and restaurants.
Three nine-story buildings will house the units as well as retail space, according to the latest design from architecture firm GS4 Studios.
On a plot of nine acres abutting the Boca Raton Golf Club, Mizner 200 would replace the existing Mizner on the Green complex — 246 townhomes, which currently sit in 18 three-story buildings at the site.
"I personally believe having this building constructed will be much better than what is there today," Dan Freudenthal, a downtown resident, said.
Map by Aric Chokey/Sun Sentinel
Plans have been brewing for years, and Mizner 200 got momentum months ago after the city's planning and zoning board recently ruled it complied with the city's code.
On Monday, lawyers supporting and opposing the project took turns shouting over each other, debating their interpretation of whether the project met city standards.
Some of Boca's most influential developers, who have projects in the immediate area that would be overshadowed by the development, also opposed the project, saying it was too large for the area. Neighbors said the new buildings would obstruct their view.
"If you want to build your dream house as big as you want, you go out to the country," said Michael Liss, the owner of a downtown law firm.
Mizner 200 is the latest downtown development capping off the city's building boom. Other major downtown developments are also in the works:
Tower 155: A 170-unit apartment building at 199 E. Boca Raton Road broke ground in November and is expected to be completed in fall 2018.
Camino Square: Current plans call for 350 apartments and retail space at 171 W. Camino Real. The project has yet to get approval by the city’s advisory boards.
Mandarin Oriental at Boca Raton: As part of the Viz Mizner project at 101 E. Camino Real, the international hotel chain’s latest project will break ground in early 2018. The 12-story will offer 164 hotel rooms.
Residences at the Mandarin Oriental: Also part of the Viz Mizner project, the facility will house 85 luxury condos. The 12-story project is expected to break ground early next year and developers opened a sales center earlier this month to showcase the units.
Royal Palm Assisted Living: A nine-story building on an acre of land will house 203 beds for the assisted-living facility. Plans garnered approval from a city board last month and have yet to pass the City Council.
Council members have largely supported the idea of Mizner 200 despite their critiques.
"This is a tremendous investment in the city and a beautiful design," said Councilman Jeremy Rodgers. "It's a big site, and I think we want to get it right."