Abacoa

Location: 

Jupiter, Florida

Abacoa demonstrates the capacity of compact community design and open space restoration to preserve valuable riparian corridors and respect vital natural habitats.  Located in Jupiter, South Florida, the 2,055 acre (832 ha), mixed-use community maintains 393 acres (159 ha) of land for open space, including a 260-acre (105 ha) greenway designed to protect the engendered gopher tortoise. The greenway also serves as a unique storm water management system.

Abocoa’s Town Center provides convenient shopping, entertainment, dining, office space, and a theater all at the heart of a large, 5,800 unit residential area.  The city’s core is also within walking distance of Roger Dean Stadium (home to the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals during spring training) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU). 

A wide variety of housing types including large- and small-lot single-family detached homes, townhouses, condominiums, free-standing apartments, and apartments above Town Center retailers. Front porches, sidewalks, bike paths, and narrow streets make the neighborhoods and the town center more accessible while reducing the number of cars on the road. A free weekend trolley bus brings residents to and from the Town Center, stadium, and Abacoa Plaza.

Aerial view of Abacoa Town Center, adjacent Roger Dean Minor League Stadium
Mixed use buildings with generous pedestrian plaza at Abacoa Town Center
Local performances looking down the town center's main street
Roger Dean Stadium acts as an anchor to the town center
Green courts in Abacoa provide a park-like setting as a communal front yard

Project Summary

    

Client: 

Woolbright Development (Boca Raton, Florida)

Type: 

Master Plan

Program: 

2,000+ acres (810+ ha)| 393 acres (159 ha) wetlands and open space | 5,800 DUs | Walkable Town Center | 1m sq ft (93k sq m) retail | 1.9m sq ft (177k sq m) office

Status: 

Design completed 1995