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JUPITER, Fla. - Work has started on parts of the Jupiter Inlet Village redevelopment plan.  

It's located less than a mile from Harbourside Place, a retail and restaurant development that's been praised, criticized and heavily attended.  The Inlet Village could be similar to Harbourside but on a smaller scale.

The signs of change can be seen right now on A1A in Jupiter.  Wider sidewalks and bike lanes are being built.

They will add to the Inlet Village Redevelopment plan, which encompasses an area from Jupiter Beach and Dubois roads to the east to A1A and US 1 on the west. The Jupiter Inlet is the boundary for development to the north.

NewsChannel 5 caught up with Jim Martin, who takes his daily bike ride around the construction on A1A, and he thinks the growth is occurring too quickly.

"They're going too fast, way too fast," said Martin.  "I think they're doing too much development here on A1A, just like everyone else does around here."

Builders also want to create new retail space, restaurants and a walkable street just off A1A and US 1.

If the current plans are approved, you could see a walkable Main Street-type atmosphere from A1A to the Inlet nestled in between U-Tiki Beach and Love Street and A1A.

Shops and restaurants would be built on each side of the walkway.

It's projects like this and Harbourside Place, nearly a mile south of the inlet, that lured Kenny Moore and his wife to move here from New Jersey.

We see it as enhancing the lifestyle down here, giving us more resources, more restaurants, a more enjoyable lifestyle,” said Moore.

Town councilman Todd Wodraska says change can sometimes come tough in Jupiter.

"A lot of people say, 'We don't want anything.' I understand that philosophy, that stance, but that's not realistic. You have to accept the ability for redevelopment, make it better. How can we make something that's already fantastic, better?" said Wodraska.

Public meetings and council approval have to happen before the next phase of construction starts.

The public meetings revealing the plan’s designs started Sept. 14 at Jupiter Town Hall.

Wodraska hopes town approval will happen for the plan’s designs by the middle of next year.

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