Iconic Street Sparkles, Fully Reopens on November 2 After 300 Block Construction Ends
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 2, 2018) –
Last night, with people filling the streets and sidewalks of the 300 block of Clematis Street, City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio made the finality of the first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project official. With the snip of a ribbon and cheers from the crowd, it was declared that the project was a success. Clematis Streetscape is part of Mayor 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. One of the City’s primary goals for the project was to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to valued merchants with a multi-phased approach for the street improvements. Phase two of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2019, when additional Clematis Street blocks will be redesigned.
“I am so proud of everyone who was involved in this project,” said Mayor Muoio. “From vision to execution, the effort was seamless. Early on we engaged feedback from stakeholders, merchants, business owners, residents, people who commute to our city, and more. We then took those insights into consideration when finalizing our plans to put people first. The result is a beautiful, plaza-like street in the heart of our downtown community. We expect to see this investment continue to payoff for years to come in multiple ways, such as an increase in economic development, and a healthier and safer city.”
Project highlights include:
- A curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian
- Narrower traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars
- High-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings
- More regularly spaced shade trees
- Wider sidewalks for more walkway space, dining space and furnished seating space
- Reduced parking spaces to make room for “people space”
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.
The Clematis Streetscape project, one of several joint projects between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, was designed to ensure that the city’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors. The infrastructure and beautification improvements aim to invigorate the iconic street and advance efforts to attract new, long-standing businesses and keep visitors returning downtown.
In addition to the Clematis Streetscape project, the City of West Palm Beach is working with the CRA on a number of additional projects that will contribute to growing and revitalizing the downtown area, including:
- 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 / Thoroughfare – 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.
For more information about Clematis Streetscape, please visit http://wpb.org/clematisstreetscape