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INSIDER Newsletter (1/05/2019)

 

 

January 5, 2019

 
 
 

CITY SEEKS INPUT FOR NEXT PHASE OF CLEMATIS STREETSCAPE PROJECT

After successful streetscape project on the 300 block of Clematis Street, the 100 and 200 blocks are next

 

According to West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, downtown merchants and the public, the first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project, which expanded sidewalk space, added more shade trees, and created slower traffic, and more, on the 300 block was a great success. The pedestrian-friendly project launched last winter with a series of public meetings and opportunities for input before construction broke ground in June. The improvements wrapped right on time in October and now city leaders are turning their attention to Phase II.

 

In similar fashion, the City of West Palm Beach is seeking feedback from Clematis Street merchants, business owners, residents, other area merchants, key stakeholders and the general public on what they like about the improvements to the 300 block and what ideas they might like to see on the 100 and 200 blocks. The multi-phase project will extend from the 100 block through the 500 block when it is complete and will create a more modern and cohesive look for the City’s most iconic street.

 

“The feedback we have received about the 300 block of Clematis Street has been incredible,” said Mayor Muoio. “Merchants have commented on an increase in foot traffic and a more enjoyable experience for their customers. Pedestrians have noted an easier time walking, due to the larger pavers and wider sidewalks. Overall, people appear to be spending more time on the 300 block. We accomplished exactly what we set out to do with Phase I of the Clematis Streetscape project. The results will continue to pay off for years to come in multiple ways, such as an increase in economic development and a healthier and safer city. I look forward to the next phase and beyond, so that the entire street can feel the impact.”

 

As part of Phase II goals, the City aims to ease construction disruption for merchants and businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks. Project management improvements include valet service for merchants on the affected blocks, improved signage to help with wayfinding for the public and to promote the businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks, and better management of garbage pickup and freight uploading. Additionally, the City is sticking with the phased approach to design and construction, as the public overwhelmingly preferred this approach when polled last winter. 

 

Dover, Kohl & Partners, the award-winning design team who came up with the concepts and renderings for Phase I, will again be retained for Phase II improvements. Like last time, the public will have several opportunities to provide feedback to the design team, city leaders and project managers, including:

  • Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Planning at the Market | Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (101 N. Clematis Street; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) Dover, Kohl & Partners will have a booth at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket to engage with residents and visitors about Clematis Street. The interactive opportunity will give the design team a greater understanding of what people enjoy most about the newly improved 300 block and where they would like to see changes on the 100 and 200 blocks.
  • Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Interactive Workshop | Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Public Meeting at City Hall in the Flagler Gallery – 5:30 – 8 p.m. (401 Clematis Street; West Palm Beach, FL 33401) Principal Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners, will present initial options and renderings for Phase II of Clematis Streetscape. The design firm will also survey the audience through live polling, taking that feedback into consideration when editing design plans. City officials and project managers will also be onsite to receive feedback and provide overall project goals and timelines.

For people who cannot attend in person but would still like to participate, they can email comments and suggestions to clematisstreetscape@wpb.org.

 

After much discussion and drafts, the West Palm Beach City Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Phase II designs on Monday, February 25, 2019 during the Face of the City public meeting. Upon approval from the Commission, construction would begin in May and wrap up by the end of October.

 

The Clematis Streetscape project is one of several joint projects between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The project was designed with quality of life at the forefront and to ensure that the city’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors.

 

For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape, call 561-822-2222, or plan to attend the public meetings. 

 

 

 

Mayor Jeri Muoio to Deliver

2019 State of the City Address

 

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Join us! In her final State of the City Address, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will reflect on the City’s accomplishments and make several key announcements on priorities to keep West Palm Beach a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and safe world-class city. Mayor will deliver the address at the January Breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Mayor's State of the City will be held at the PBC Convention Center on Thursday, January 24, 2019. For registration information, please visit: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/25573 or contact Marissa Kosiec: (561) 833-3711, x. 231; mkosiec@palmbeaches.org.

 

CALL TO ARTIST

City to Commission Significant Public Artwork for Old Northwood Hills Historic District

 

The City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Program (AiPP) & Engineering Services Department invite public artists to apply to create two site-specific public artworks for the entry points to the Old Northwood Hills Historic District neighborhood on the 36th Street median.

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND AND GOALS: The City of West Palm Beach seeks an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install two original, site-responsive artworks for the east and west entry points to the Old Northwood Hills neighborhood.  The proposed works will be installed within the median located on 36th Street between Windsor Avenue and Greenwood Avenue. The proposed artworks will reflect the character of the neighborhood, including but not limited to, neighborhood history, character and cultural heritage to make a visual impact.  The final artwork will serve as a unique identifier to the neighborhood.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2019

 

CONTACT: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5825. For questions, please contact Sybille Welter, City of West Palm Beach AiPP Coordinator at scwelter@wpb.org

 

WPB Quarterly Procurement Event

Join Us in February!
2-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Mandel Public Library Auditorium
411 Clematis St.

 

You're invited to the City of West Palm Beach Quarterly Procurement event. Presenters will focus on the new Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program adopted by the City in December and Upcoming Business Opportunities, including the GES solicitation. Your participation is encouraged and appreciated!

 

The Procurement Department of the City of West Palm Beach is responsible for obtaining goods, services, and construction of the highest quality at the most reasonable cost through fair and open competition. We invite you to learn how to do business with the City of West Palm Beach, get MWBE Certified, and become acquainted with upcoming capital projects. Meet the potential prime vendors and the team responsible for purchasing goods, services and commodities at the City
of West Palm Beach.

 

Phipps Skate Park

 

 

Skate boarders, in-line skaters and BMX athletes know that Phipps Skate Park is the place to be. Located at 4715 S. Dixie Highway, Phipps Skate Park offers over 23,000 square feet of outdoor fun. For information about hours, fees, and more, please call (561) 835-7170 or visit: http://wpb.org/cityfun/locations/phipps-park-and-skate-park/.

 

WPB CHIEF BUILDING INSPECTOR AWARDED BOAPBC ‘INSPECTOR OF THE YEAR’ HONOR

 

West Palm Beach Deputy City Administrator Dorritt Miller, Chief Building Inspector Ken Conrad, and Building Official Robert Brown

 

As evidence of the City of West Palm Beach’s commitment to delivering exceptional customer service that enhances quality of life, City of West Palm Beach Chief Building Inspector, Ken Conrad, was awarded the Inspector of the Year award by the Building Officials Association of Palm Beach County (BOAPBC).

 

Conrad, who works in the City of West Palm Beach Development Services Department, received this recognition for providing the development community with exemplary service. He is responsible for supervising the City’s team of building inspectors and, also, performs inspections himself. He has been delegated with the authority to represent the City’s Building Official in working with special inspectors on threshold building projects and working with resident inspectors.

 

While working on projects ranging from a professional sports stadium, electrical generating and distribution facilities, to high rise hotels, Conrad monitors the various construction methods and various materials used and shows great flexibility, adjusting to accommodate a variety of construction professionals and handling each situation appropriately. City of West Palm Beach customers regularly commend him on his knowledge and helpful approach.  As the chief, Conrad has shared his knowledge with the City’s building inspectors and has efficiently managed inspections.

 

“In the face of a very heavy work load Ken has a great approach to his job and has a positive impact on his coworkers, the development community, and their many projects,” said Robert Brown, City of West Palm Beach Building Official and Building Division Manager. “We are very fortunate to have Ken as an employee at the City.” 

Conrad has been an employee of the City since 2001.

 

The Inspector of the Year Award recognizes integrity, professionalism and dedication in service to the profession, along with personal standards that represent the spirit of public service in the enforcement of codes and standards in the interest of public safety.

 

BOAPBC is a Florida not-for-profit corporation comprised of building officials, inspectors, plans examiners, architects, engineers, contractors, industry members and others mutually interested in the promotion and enhancement of public safety, through diligent and consistent enforcement of applicable construction codes and regulations throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. BOAPBC has been the local Chapter of the Building Officials Association of Florida since 1974 and the local Chapter of the International Code Congress since 2001.

 

ICYMI:

 

The OBD & WPB's Future Mobility Network:  http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/THE-OBD-WPB-S-FUTURE-MOBILITY-NETWORK

 

WPB Achieves Favorable Legal Ruling in Establishment of OBD: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/WPB-ACHIEVES-FAVORABLE-LEGAL-RULING-IN-THE-ESTABLI

 

WPB 2019 Holiday Sanitation Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CIT-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-2019-HOLIDAY-SANITATION-SCH

 

WPB 2019 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CITY-OF-WEST-PALM-BEACH-ANNOUNES-2019-NEIGHBORHOOD

 

 

HAVE A BUSINESS IN WPB? TAKE THE WPB ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPBEcoDev2019

 

 

MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF WEST PALM BEACH

January Highlights:  ALL FREE!

 

 

Lots of fun fitness classes for your New Year’s Resolutions – Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Full Body Workouts and more!

 

Jan. 4               Friday Night Jazz:  Susan Merritt & the Mandel All-Stars

Jan. 10             Introduction to Therapeutic Mindful Meditation, 4-week series

Jan. 12             Piano Concert Performance:  Catherine Lan & Tao Lin

Jan. 14             Career Online High School Orientation

Jan. 16             NEW PROGRAM!  Millennials Ruin Book Club

Jan. 19             Con Brio String Quartet Concert

 

Plus Winter Break activities for kids and teens, and Homework Centers reopen Jan. 8. To view the complete January calendar for the libary, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-JANUARY-2019

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

ROAD & DOCK CLOSURES UPDATE: WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2019

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH CLOSURES

ENGINEERING

Spruce Ave. between 25th St. and 26th St. (through Friday, January 11, 2019): East side of Spruce Ave. will be closed for curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement. Flaggers will assist motorists within the work zone.  Spruce Ave. and 31st St. (through Friday, January 11, 2019): Intersection closed for drainage improvements. Flagler Dr. sidewalk from south of Greenwood Dr. to Monroe Dr. (through January): East sidewalk near seawall closed for safety repairs. Flagler Dr. west side sidewalk between Greenwood Dr. and Monroe Dr. remains accessible. Cumberland Dr. between Military Tr. and Village Blvd. (through January 2019): Reduced speeds on the eastbound and westbound lanes for a road beautification and safety project.Flaggers will assist motorists. Paving overlay completed Georgia Ave. between Dobbins St. and Nottingham Blvd.; Briggs St. between Garden Ave. and    Georgia Ave.; Dobbins St. between Garden Ave. and Georgia Ave. (until further notice): Local traffic only for road improvements.

 

EVENT CLOSURES

Clematis by Night (Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Road closure on North Clematis St. & South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr., Narcissus Ave. between Clematis St. and Banyan Blvd. GreenMarket (Saturday, January 12, 2019, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): Road closures on North Clematis St. & South Clematis St. between Narcissus Ave. and Flagler Dr.; Narcissus Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.; Lantana Ave. between Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St. 300 block of Clematis St. (Saturday, January 12, 2019, 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Closed for West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market (private event).

 

CLOSURES, REPAIRS FOR CURRIE PARK BOAT RAMPS

Full closure: All Currie Park boat ramps at 2400 Flagler Drive are closed for repairs. Reopening is expected in early Spring 2019. Ramps will not be accessible during the construction period. Currie Park will remain open from sunrise to sunset

 

PRIVATE ROAD CLOSURES (CITYPLACE)

Rosemary Ave. between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus St. (through Friday, April 12, 2019):

Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected.

Hibiscus St. between Rosemary Ave. and Quadrille Blvd. (through Saturday, February 23, 2019): Full closure by CityPlace for CityPlace streetscape improvements. Access to all parking garages from Quadrille Blvd. will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be unaffected. For more information: https://www.futureofcityplace.com/.

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY (PBC) ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

Church St. and Old Okeechobee Rd. from Okeechobee Blvd. to N. Florida Mango Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for pavement marking. Flaggers will assist motorists in construction areas.  Jog Rd. 905 feet south of Celebration Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic northbound right lane closures for FPL pole replacement. Roebuck Rd. from Jog Rd. to Haverhill Rd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures, alternating traffic with flaggers controlling traffic for road construction. Australian Ave. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. (until further notice): Periodic lane closures for intersection improvements. 45th St. west of Florida’s Turnpike, and Jog Rd., north of 45th St. (until further notice): Periodic

southbound lane closures for FPL pole replacement.  Flaggers will assist motorists in construction areas.

Congress Ave. 600 ft. south of Presidential Wy. (until further notice): Periodic northbound and southbound lane closures for an FPL utility project. For more information, contact PBC Engineering & Public Works: (561) 684-4000 or

http://discover.pbcgov.org/.

 

FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) CLOSURES IN CITY OF WPB

Flagler Memorial Bridge between City of West Palm Beach and Town of Palm Beach (until further notice, Mondays only, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will have the outside eastbound lane and the south sidewalk closed forhandrail replacement. Military Tr. between 45th St. and Shiloh Dr. (through Friday, March 8, 2019) will have one northbound lane closed, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for FPL maintenance operations. For more information, contact FDOT: (866) 336-8435 or http://www.fdot.gov/

 

City of West Palm Beach Road and Dock Closure Updates are issued weekly by the City and may be viewed online at http://wpb.org/News-Video/Road-Closure-Updates.

 

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