A message from West Palm Beach
Mayor Jeri Muoio
First, I want to thank the citizens of West Palm Beach for your valuable input on a number of city planning issues over the last few weeks. And, I want you to know we are listening.
On October 18, our Downtown Action Committee voted against staff’s recommendation to amend the Downtown Master Plan Element of the Comprehensive Plan which would allow up to a 30-story building in our Flagler Financial District in exchange for the commitment to preserve our historic churches.
The amendment was proposed to incentivize the creation of Class A office space in downtown. Our Class A space has been at or close to maximum occupancy for about three years, and West Palm Beach is losing high paying jobs to other cities as a result.
In fact, only two new Class A Office Structures have been built in the city since 1989. Insights from the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and our own data clearly show a strong market for office space in West Palm Beach.
While we remain committed to supporting our thriving business community by ensuring sufficient Class A Office space downtown, we know that the most recent proposal was not the best fit for the City of West Palm Beach.
Thanks to your feedback, we are now “going back to the drawing board” to rethink how to add this office space in the Flagler Financial District while keeping in mind our stakeholders’ feedback.
We believe we can build the space to attract top employers, while keeping in mind feedback about traffic at peak hours, views, the waterfront, walkability and the fast-growing need for mass transit and safer pedestrian routes.
Our goal is to continue to improve our remarkable city and address this issue by following best practices and evaluating successes and pitfalls of cities with similar growing pains.
I remain honored to be your mayor and work hard every day to make West Palm Beach the very best City in Florida.