The two acres (red square) are now vacant
Moving forward with a plan for the town to offer $2.8 million for two vacant acres next to Jupiter High School to improve safety for students, parents and employees was approved 4-1 Tuesday night.
Increasing traffic is a hazard for drivers and walkers, said Colleen Iannitti, principal at the 3,000-student school.
“Anything we can do to relieve traffic would be beneficial for families and students,” said Iannitti.
Jupiter High has about 400 student drivers and about 1,500 students are dropped off daily. The school has about 200 employees, according to the Town of Jupiter.
The town is basing its offer on appraisals paid for by the town.
Rebel Cook, the Realtor representing the Jupiter-based property owner, declined comment.
The plan calls for building a roundabout on the parcel on Indiantown Road at Daniels Way. Many use Daniels Way to get to and from the school.
Daniels Way would be diverted with an opening at Philadelphia Drive. That would reduce the need for U-turns onto Indiantown Road by motorists going west. Adding a traffic light with signalized crosswalks would make the area even safer, Wodraska said.
Trash and homeless people are growing problems on the tree-covered property. Stolen bikes, furniture and mattresses often are dumped there, according to town records.
“We need to clean it up and now is the time,” said Councilman Wayne Posner.
Councilman Jim Kuretski dissented.