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CITY TO HOST JEFFERSON TERMINAL DISTRICT VISION MEETING
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Jefferson Terminal District (JTD) Vision Meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Armory Art Center, located at 811 Park Place in the City of West Palm Beach.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 12, 2018) --The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Jefferson Terminal District (JTD) Vision Meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Armory Art Center, located at 811 Park Place in the City of West Palm Beach.

The JTD is a diverse mix of warehouses, office, retail, residential, and government uses on approximately 183 acres in the City of West Palm Beach. The JTD is the area bounded by Okeechobee Blvd., Parker Ave., the Stub Canal, Interstate 95, and Australian Ave.
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“Jefferson Terminals” is a historical name dating back to the early 20th century. An original plat name in the district, local newspapers as early as 1926 advertised land for sale in the Jefferson Terminals area. These advertisements prided the area on being “centrally located in the very heart of the city” and conveniently located near air and rail. Maps of the area from 1952 show that, while much of the land in the district was purchased for warehouse uses as advertised in the 1920s, a mixture of commercial businesses and residential homes was spread throughout the area. Historical property cards show how the localization of warehouses and factories lent to modest, workforce housing around the more industrial uses.  An homage to the historic past and extensive mixture of uses that emerged in subsequent years, the name Jefferson Terminal District is fitting to describe this area and highlight the similar reemergence of this eclectic district.
 
The JTD has recently experienced significant growth. Analysis of the area shows that—in the last five years—building permit activity has tripled, and the number of business licenses issued has quadrupled. Given the JTD’s proximity to transit, proximity to downtown, and enhanced employment potential with recent business growth in the area, it is expected this area may continue to grow. The Jefferson Terminal District study will provide an opportunity for a community vision to direct future growth in the form of a Master Plan.
 
After identifying the need for a full study of the area, City Staff prepared a presentation for the City Commission in May 2018 to get approval to Master Plan the area. A Master Plan is a tool for responsible management which culminates in an overall concept or vision for a particular area. A Master Plan is like a road map. It will chart a hopeful course between the present and some intended destination, with milestones along the way. The process includes looking at the area holisticaly (urban design, mobility and infrastructure) while providing a structured framework for input from multiple perspectives. This is an integrated process through productive communication to look at the past, present and future of the area to analyze if policy modifications may be needed. Just a few of the benefits of the Master Plan include community-led visioning of the future of the area, coordinating and prioritizing actions with both the City and private sector, and improving cross-departmental coordination for budgeting projects in the area.
 
The Master Plan will not inhibit the growth that has been happening organically. It will integrate physical development with the City’s policies, assist with infrastructure coordination, support business development, build on assests, and address challenges of the area. The Jefferson Terminal Master Plan will create a road map for district-wide renewal.  The City does not have any predetermined outcomes for the JTD. As of October 2018, the City is conducting only public outreach, with the goal of creating a Master Plan for the area based on the input of our residents, neighborhood, and the community.
 
The City welcomes participation in the planning process for the JTD. A public visioning meeting for the JTD will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Armory Art Center. Visit http://www.wpb.org/JTD to keep updated on other upcoming meetings and opportunities for public participation. Here, you will also find a story map that tells more about the project and features a survey on the district. Additionally, you can email JeffersonTerminal@wpb.org with any questions or comments.
 
The JTD is a diverse mix of warehouses, office, retail, residential, and government uses on approximately 183 acres in the City of West Palm Beach. The JTD is the area bounded by Okeechobee Blvd., Parker Ave., the Stub Canal, Interstate 95, and Australian Ave.
 
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What is the Jefferson Terminal District?
The Jefferson Terminal District (JTD) is a diverse mix of warehouses, office, retail, residential, and government uses on approximately 183 acres in the City of West Palm Beach.
 
Where is the Jefferson Terminal District?
The JTD is the area bounded by Okeechobee Blvd., Parker Ave., the Stub Canal, Interstate 95, and Australian Ave.
Why is it called the Jefferson Terminal District?
 “Jefferson Terminals” is a historical name dating back to the early 20th century. An original plat name in the district, local newspapers as early as 1926 advertised land for sale in the Jefferson Terminals area. These advertisements prided the area on being “centrally located in the very heart of the city” and conveniently located near air and rail. Maps of the area from 1952 show that, while much of the land in the district was purchased for warehouse uses as advertised in the 1920s, a mixture of commercial businesses and residential homes was spread throughout the area. Historical property cards show how the localization of warehouses and factories lent to modest, workforce housing around the more industrial uses.  An homage to the historic past and extensive mixture of uses that emerged in subsequent years, the name Jefferson Terminal District is fitting to describe this area and highlight the similar reemergence of this eclectic district.
 
 
Why is the City studying the Jefferson Terminal District?
The JTD has recently experienced significant growth. Analysis of the area shows that—in the last five years—building permit activity has tripled, and the number of business licenses issued has quadrupled. Given the JTD’s proximity to transit, proximity to downtown, and enhanced employment potential with recent business growth in the area, it is expected this area may continue to grow. The Jefferson Terminal District study will provide an opportunity for a community vision to direct future growth in the form of a Master Plan.
 
What is a Master Plan, and why is it important?
After identifying the need for a full study of the area, City Staff prepared a presentation for the City Commission in May 2018 to get approval to Master Plan the area. A Master Plan is a tool for responsible management which culminates in an overall concept or vision for a particular area. A Master Plan is like a road map. It will chart a hopeful course between the present and some intended destination, with milestones along the way. The process includes looking at the area holisticaly (urban design, mobility and infrastructure) while providing a structured framework for input from multiple perspectives. This is an integrated process through productive communication to look at the past, present and future of the area to analyze if policy modifications may be needed. Just a few of the benefits of the Master Plan include community-led visioning of the future of the area, coordinating and prioritizing actions with both the City and private sector, and improving cross-departmental coordination for budgeting projects in the area.
 
Why a Master Plan, and why not continue to allow it to grow organically?
The Master Plan will not inhibit the growth that has been happening organically. It will integrate physical development with the City’s policies, assist with infrastructure coordination, support business development, build on assests, and address challenges of the area. The Jefferson Terminal Master Plan will create a road map for district-wide renewal.
 
Does this mean the City is increasing density or rezoning the JTD?
The City does not have any predetermined outcomes for the JTD. As of October 2018, the City is conducting only public outreach, with the goal of creating a Master Plan for the area based on the input of our residents, neighborhood, and the community.
 
Can I get involved in the plans for the Jefferson Terminal District?
Yes! The City welcomes participation in the planning process for the JTD. A public visioning meeting for the JTD will be held on October 17, 2018, at the Armory Art Center. Visit www.wpb.org/JTD to keep updated on other upcoming meetings and opportunities for public participation. Here, you will also find a story map that tells more about the project and features a survey on the district. Additionally, you can email JeffersonTerminal@wpb.org with any questions or comments.