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Exciting Infrastructure and Beautification Changes Starting on City’s Most Iconic Street
WHO:           The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
WHEN:          Monday, June 4, 2018  10:00 a.m.
WHERE:       300 block of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
WHAT:          Mayor Jeri Muoio and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) will break ground on the anticipated Clematis Streetscape project.  The groundbreaking will take place on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in front of 314 Clematis between S. Dixie Highway and S. Olive Ave.  City officials, along with downtown stakeholders and business owners, will attend and officially commence the work by putting shovels in the dirt.  Media are invited to attend.
The Clematis Streetscape project seeks to make design improvements to Clematis Street that will elevate the experience and overall quality of life for Clematis merchants, residents and visitors.  After several public input meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents and visitors, the City Commission voted to implement recommendations from the award-winning design team, Dover, Kohl & Partners.  Project highlights include:
-          Creating a curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian
-          Narrowing the traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars
-          Adding high-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings
-          Adding more regularly spaced shade trees
-          Widening the sidewalk to allow more walkway space, dining space and furnished seating space
-          Reducing parking spaces to make room for “people space”
[Above link contains new updated design plans for media use.]
One of the City’s primary goals for the project is to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to valued merchants with a multi-phased approach for the street improvements.  The first phase of the project will take place on the 300 block of Clematis Street between S. Dixie Highway and S. Olive Avenue, with an estimated completion in October 2018.  Phase two of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2019.
The Clematis Streetscape project is one of several WPB CRA projects aimed at ensuring that the city’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors.  The infrastructure and beautification improvements will invigorate the iconic street and advance efforts to attract new long-standing businesses and keep visitors returning downtown.  The project is part of Mayor Jeri Muoio’s overall vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, including an increase in safety, walkability, economic development, public health, sustainability and more.
In addition to the Clematis Streetscape project, the WPB CRA is working on a number of projects that will contribute to growing and revitalizing the downtown area:
-          Former City Hall Site Development – a $145 million mixed-use urban development project on the former city hall site that includes a waterfront Marriott hotel, apartment units, retail space, public park, and a destination restaurant.
-          Downtown Alleyways – a plan to improve the back alleys between Clematis Street and Datura Street.  The plan will begin in the 300 block alleyways in the fall and will link leisure and retail environments for pedestrians.
-          12 for 12 / Thouroughfare – this project divides the 14,000 square foot space at 314 Clematis into 12 smaller spaces to incubate new or local shops to bring more retail downtown in a sustainable economic model.