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CITY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON
In keeping with Mayor Jeri Muoio’s vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, the City of West Palm Beach seeks to embark on a series of design improvements to Clematis Street. As part of Phase I of the multi-phase Clematis Streetscape project, the City is outreaching to Clematis Street merchants and soliciting their input—as well as input from area merchants, residents, key stakeholders and the general public-- about potential upgrades to the street that will enhance public life. Enhancements may include shade and tree canopy improvements, better lighting, café seating, paving, clearly marked pedestrian crossings and more. Knowing that great streets and outdoor spaces contribute to the lasting vibrancy of any community, Clematis Streetscape could also yield benefits in the areas of safety, walkability, economic development, public health, sustainability and more. One of the City’s primary goals with this project, also, is to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to our valued merchants.
The first phase of the project is expected to break ground in May, with construction ending in October. Currently, the City of West Palm Beach is engaging community stakeholders, including Clematis Street merchants, the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and others, to capitalize on Clematis Street’s strengths and solicit feedback on its overall design. The public will also have several flexible opportunities to provide input and engage in thoughtful discussion with City leaders, project managers, and project designers.
With a rich history dating back to 1894, Clematis Street is one of the most iconic streets in the City of West Palm Beach. Serving as the sole business district when the City was first founded, the street currently serves as a place to both work and play, affectionately referred to as the “living room” of the buzzing downtown community. Along with the national expertise of the design and engineering team at Kimley-Horn, Dover, Kohl & Partners, a visionary urban planning company based in Coral Gables, has been retained to design a polished and professional next phase of Clematis Street’s evolution. Through a series of meetings with merchants, stakeholders, and the public, the firms will make recommendations for the future of Clematis Street. The public will have two opportunities to provide suggestions, including at the GreenMarket on January 20 and at a public meeting at City Hall on January 22.
“The improvements to Clematis Street are fitting, given the City’s current successful urban renaissance momentum,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “West Palm Beach is an incredible City with much to offer, including great neighborhoods, a beautiful waterfront, and activities for all ages. We have a solid foundation, and with large and small projects, we can be even better. Our community can be better connected, healthier, easier to walk, and more enjoyable. The Clematis Streetscape project is one of the key projects that will help us achieve those long-term goals.”
With more than 30 years of experience, Dover, Kohl & Partners has an award-winning portfolio, and has designed projects for both national and international clients. The firm has worked on some of the country’s most iconic and beloved streets, including Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida; Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax, Virginia; and Folly Road in Charleston, South Carolina. Its work has been published in Progressive Architecture, Metropolitan Home, BusinessWeek and in numerous planning journals. In addition, Principal Victor Dover, along with architect and urbanist John Massengale, recently published the well-reviewed book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.
“I am pleased with the team that has been created to design and execute the vision of the community,” continued Mayor Muoio. “With several opportunities to be heard, I encourage everyone to come out and share their feedback; engage with the team. Through collaboration, I know we will produce an incredible result for all to enjoy, and for years to come.”
Anyone interested in providing feedback on Clematis Street and ideas for improvements can attend the following meetings, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clematis Streetscape: Planning at the Market | Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 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 GreenMarket to engage with residents and visitors about Clematis Street. The interactive opportunity, which will include visuals for guests to react to, will give the design team a greater understanding of Clematis Street’s strengths and how it should be improved.
- Clematis Streetscape: Interactive Workshop | Monday, January 22, 2018 – Public Meeting at City Hall – 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 the Clematis Streetscape project – short and long-term goals. The design firm will 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.
After much discussion and drafts, the City Commission is expected to make a final decision on the designs on Monday, February 26 during the Face of the City public meeting. Construction is slated to begin in May, lasting through the summer months, and in a phased approach, as to not affect the entire street at once. Other phases will be slated depending on the cohesive final design.
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape, call 561-822-2222, or plan to attend the public meetings.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular sanitation service will be provided.
Quiet Zone Update
Brightline has moved up its expected date of completion to March 26 for safety improvements needed to establish a quiet zone to silence train horns along the FEC railway in West Palm Beach. Brightline agreed to expedite construction, after Mayor Jeri Muoio met with Brightline representatives and concerned residents last week.
The completion date for March is an improvement on the four to six months timeframe previously provided to the City by Brightline. After the work is completed, the City can file a quiet zone application with the Federal Railroad Administration, and after a 21-day waiting period, the zone can go into effect.
Brightline has agreed to provide Mayor regular updates on the progress of construction of these safety upgrades. You can view Mayor's press conference from after the meeting in its entirety here:
WPB General Election Set for March 13
The City of West Palm Beach will hold its General Election on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for the purpose of electing three City Commissioners: one residing in District 1, one residing in District 3, and one residing in District 5.
District 3 will not appear on the ballot, as Commissioner Paula Ryan was unopposed and is the Commissioner-elect for District 3.
For information on who has qualified to run in the March 13, 2018 municipal election, please visit the City Clerk's web page: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Election-Information
Mayor Muoio to Deliver 2018 'State of the City'
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches to Host January 24 Event
**Tickets for the Mayor's State of the City address are selling quickly. Please note that discount seat are available until Wednesday through the event host, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches!***
Mayor Jeri Muoio will lay out the blueprint for her final year in office during the 2018 State of the City address. The Mayor will deliver remarks during the January breakfast of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, presented by Good Samaritan Medical Center. Free parking will be sponsored by Hedrick Brothers Construction. Courtesy of host sponsor GL Homes, arrive early and network with elected officials and other community leaders. Enjoy coffee sponsored by Aqua Marketing & Communications and a gift sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
- 7:00 a.m. Early Bird Coffee, Check-In and Networking
- 7:30 a.m. Program begins
- 9:15 a.m. Program concludes
Palm Beach County Convention Center; 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Discount seats are available until 5pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
- $45 before the deadline
- $50 after the deadline
- $55 before the deadline
- $60 after the deadline
Corporate Table Sponsor (Table of 10)
- $550 for Members
- $750 for Non-Members
Contact Information: Marissa Kosiec, (561) 833-3711, x231. Register now: https://palmbeaches.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/19091.
South Olive Tennis Center Public Workshop
The City of West Palm Beach is embarking on new improvements for the South Olive Tennis Center. Public input is a key component of this process, and we would like to hear from our residents. Please come share your views and recommendations with us at this interactive public workshop. We appreciate your participation!
WHEN: January 20, 2018; 9am
WHERE: South Olive Community Center; 345 Summa Street
CONTACT: Engineering Services Project Coordinator Gordon Patrie via email: email@example.com.
It's Time to Meet the Prime!
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Procurement will host a 'Meet the Prime' workshop on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center in Gaines Park, 1505 N. Australian Avenue. Small Business Enterprise owners can meet project managers from various large firms and discuss upcoming projects in the area. Come network with firms like Poole & Kent Company of Florida, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., Stantec and more!
RSVP to Aisha Darrough at 561-822-2100 or register on EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-west-palm-beach-its-time-to-meet-the-prime-tick-ets-41232726194?aff=es2
To learn more about the City's Department of Procurement events, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Procurement/Overview.
WPBPD to Host 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution
Join the West Palm Beach Police Department and Feeding Florida for the 3rd Annual Farm Share Food Distribution!
Quantities are Limited.
WHEN: February 3, 2018; 10am - 1:00pm
WHERE: Gaines Park; 1501 North Australian Avenue
CONTACT: (561) 822-1621
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed from 6:30am -3:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers, and water will be distributed throughout the event. To volunteer, contact Valerie Moore at (561) 822-1621.
2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- MLK Jr. Day - January 15, 2018
- President's Day - February 19, 2018
- Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
- Independence Day - July 4, 2018
- Labor Day - September 3, 2018
- Columbus Day - October 8, 2018
- Veterans Day - November 12, 2018
There will be NO service on the following holidays:
- Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018; Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 11/26/18. Recycling will resume on 11/29/18. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Residential garbage will resume your next scheduled service day beginning 12/28/18. Recycling will resume on 1/1/19. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
- New Year's Day, January 1, 2019: Residential garbage will resume on your next scheduled service day beginning 1/4/19. Recycling will operate on normal schedule. Bulk/Yard and Commercial Divisions are one day behind regular schedule.
The sanitation schedule is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works. For more information, please call (561) 822-2075.
2018 Neighborhood Meetings Schedule
Western Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 4:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
South End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
North End Neighborhoods Meetings: All meetings start at 5:30PM in the Flagler Gallery
Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. For more informaiton, please call (561) 822-1412.
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