A 235-bed senior-living community planned for a protected farming region west of Boca Raton suffered a setback Friday.

The Palm Beach County Planning Commission recommended denial of the project on Clint Moore Road near Florida’s Turnpike.

The site is already zoned for a school and day care, but Allegro Senior Living wants the county to allow it build a senior community on the 13-acre property.

Joe Miklich, vice president of development for Allegro, said the project is needed with more than 16,000 people over the age of 75 living within three miles of the site. “What brought us to this particular location is extreme demand,” he said.

The senior community would include memory care for residents with dementia.

Allegro operates two communities in Palm Beach County, in Boynton Beach and Jupiter.

But neighbors worry the project on Clint Moore Road could further undermine the Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre conservation area.

“This project is too dense, too large and too incompatible to be permitted at this location,” said Myrna Rosoff, president of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations.

While development is allowed in the Agricultural Reserve, developers must meet the county’s strict building rules.

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