300 apartments on U.S. 1? Palmetto Bay tells developers to think again.

BY MONIQUE O. MADAN April 20, 2017 02:43 PM Updated April 22, 2017 04:13 PM Palmetto Bay council members turned down plans for a project that would put 300 new apartments on U.S. 1, the region’s busiest road. On Monday night, they also voted 4-1 to revisit the proposal in June if the developer pares it down. Monday’s discussion lasted more than four hours, with dozens of residents lining up to ask the council to deny the application. “I’m totally against this project and the over-trafficking of the neighborhood,” said Carol Vega. “This to me looks like a monstrosity. I don’t care how cute you make it sound. These projects never turn out that way.” The application for the Park View project outlined a six-story building with 300 one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with an average square footage of almost 900 square-feet. It would have a swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse and would sit right next to single-family homes, adjacent to Palmetto Bay Park on Southwest 174th Street. It would have about 500 parking spots and take up  3 1/2 acres. The project was proposed by the current property owners — Jorge L. Morales, Pedro and Linette Gonzales, and Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Pre-School Corp. — on behalf of Anthony Pugliese III, who would buy the land and develop Park View if the site plan is approved by the council. In 2015, with hopes of revitalizing the downtown area, the council approved a new city code that offers incentives to builders who develop properties with certain environmental features such as a LEED certificate for an energy-conscious design, ample green space,...