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At the City of West Palm Beach, we are working to create a mobility—or transportation—system for all. This strategy includes plans to improve public transportation, to transform our streets with wider sidewalks and safer connections, and to create more opportunities for new jobs, housing and office space. West Palm Beach residents deserve a good transportation experience and healthy, safe, walkable streets.
On April 30th, after more than a year of research, consultation, and outreach in our community, we presented the findings of our comprehensive downtown mobility study which included studies of parking, transportation demand management, and the east-west Okeechobee Boulevard corridor. The study's findings are expected to be adopted by the City Commission in the immediate future. We are very proud of the study and are excited about implementing a number of the recommendations that will provide more transit choices, improve safety, and mitigate congestion on our roads. To build a mobility system that meets the needs of today and tomorrow, we—with public input--plan to implement a number of the recommended strategies in the near future and intend to implement others in the years ahead. We must also find new ways to plan for West Palm Beach’s growth.
With this in mind and with the city’s best interests at heart, I recently asked city staff to explore reviving the creation of the Okeechobee Business District to better regulate development patterns and transportation demand management strategies within a five block area of the Okeechobee corridor. Should the Okeechobee Business District become a reality, it would bring planning uniformity to the area while allowing for better flow of traffic in the downtown.
A number of the mobility study’s recommendations could be implemented as a part of the Okeechobee Business District. As the corridor is perceived as a high density series of blocks, the public benefit of the District would include—among other measures—a mandatory contribution to the city’s trolley system; a requirement to restrict the amount of parking permitted within the corridor to reduce vehicular congestion and to promote walkability; and a requirement of developments to seek alternative modes of transportation to lessen the reliance on automobiles. We would also impose density limitations on projects.
Creating a downtown where people live AND work would take cars off the road in our city and, thus, reduce vehicular congestion. As there is strong office demand in our city but a lack of supply, the Okeechobee Business District would manage growth of any potential Class A office space, the premium office space needed to attract economic development and high paying jobs to West Palm Beach. If you, your child or grandchild want a high paying job, you shouldn’t have to leave our city to find one.
The creation of the Okeechobee Business District is a high priority for my staff and for me, based on the research that has been done and the feedback that residents and business owners have shared with us.
We have to get this done, and the time is right now! We also want to make sure that we include everyone’s input!!!
If you want to have your voice heard, there will be several opportunities beginning with a meeting of the City’s Planning Board which will consider the Okeechobee Business District at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 at City Hall.
Jeri Muoio, Mayor
WPB QUIET ZONE ESTABLISHMENT EFFECTIVE
MONDAY AT 11:59PM
The City of West Palm Beach will establish a quiet zone effective Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Under the direction of Mayor Jeri Muoio, the quiet zone is being established to improve the quality of life for residents.
The quiet zone, which will be established along the Brightline/FEC railway between 15th Street and the southern city limits, means that trains will not be required to blow their horns. However, horns may sound within passenger stations or rail yards or in the event of an emergency situation. Once Brightline expands its service north, the City will begin the process of establishing a quiet zone in the northern part of our city, along the railway north of 15th Street and to the northern city limits.
As there will be increased, faster but quieter railway traffic along the corridor, Mayor Muoio urges all residents and visitors to be safe and to make wise decisions around railroad crossings and tracks.
VIDEO: Mayor Muoio Urges Safety at Railway Tracks and Crossings
Mayor Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach have launched a sweeping communications campaign to inform the public about the quiet zone and to raise awareness about the importance of making wise decisions around railway tracks and crossings. Click on the image to view Mayor's important safety message.
WPB CRA Begins Rehabilitation of Historic Sunset Lounge
$4.5M renovation to bring first-class venue, cultural destination to city’s Historic Northwest District
Rendering of Renovated Historic Sunset Lounge
The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has begun the rehabilitation of the Sunset Lounge and adjacent park in the city’s Historic Northwest District. The renovation of this significant music and entertainment venue is the cornerstone of the CRA’s work to revive the Northwest District of West Palm Beach and establish long-term viability and economic stability in the neighborhood. After several years of community input and engagement about the future of site, the agency is spearheading the $4.5 million renovation project that will highlight both the history and present-day needs of the community.
The general concept is to revive the musical roots of the site by creating a state-of-the-art performance and art-focused venue that pays homage to its humble and notable beginning. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Sunset Lounge was one of the premier African-American entertainment venues in the south during the Jim Crow law period that enforced racial segregation. The famous jazz venue drew hundreds of patrons to watch the notable artists of the time including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong. The redevelopment of this celebrated site will honor the rich jazz and black history of the area and celebrate its significant legacy and impact, ultimately transforming the Sunset Lounge into the epicenter of a new African-American cultural tourism destination.
“The Sunset Lounge is an important part of the city’s history,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This renovation will help not only to revitalize our Northwest District but also to create a destination that will provide residents and visitors a perspective on our city's glorious, diverse history and the African-American residents who helped make West Palm Beach the city that it is today."
REG Architects, Inc., a West Palm Beach-based firm which specializes in architecture, historic preservation, interior design and community planning, was selected to complete the historic rehabilitation. The design plans include the following:
- A complete rehabilitation of the existing 13,500 sq. ft. building.
- The first floor will have a renovated bar and a new full-service restaurant.
- The redesign will convert the second floor of the structure back to a ballroom with a large elevated/floating stage and third floor mezzanine.
- The addition of a new, three-story 7,200 sq. ft. building on the east side of the Sunset Lounge.
- The new building will house the restaurant kitchen, bathrooms, dressing rooms for performers, lobby, office space, box office, and a broadcast facility.
- The plan adds a new parking lot in the rear, valet in the front of the building along with a gathering plaza, and an outdoor bar and patio for patrons to enjoy.
In addition to creating an exceptional venue and destination, the CRA will restore and modernize the adjacent park on the south side of the Sunset Lounge into a community gathering place. Design2Form will design the park that will be renamed based on input from residents in the neighborhood. The firm engaged with the community in several design charrettes to create a park design with full collaboration of residents, businesses and additional stakeholders. The theme of the park will integrate history, music and art, while providing an engaging and relaxing space for users of all ages. The park will combine typical features of a neighborhood park with open space and an urban plaza that can facilitate special events such as farmer’s markets, festivals and concerts. Key park amenities will include a heritage trail, water feature, stage, seating, butterfly garden, musical-themed playground, grass mounds, entry features and interactive musical instruments.
“The renovation project for the Sunset Lounge and adjacent park has been an important community building process for the City of West Palm Beach,” said Jon Ward, Executive Director of the CRA. “The continued participation from community members was an important component in order to facilitate a project that would provide a voice to residents and businesses in the area, and have a long-standing impact on the neighborhood.”
The Historic Sunset Lounge, prior to the Commencement of Renovations
The Sunset Lounge is located at 609 8th Street in West Palm Beach, just a few blocks northwest of the downtown area. To make way for the new Sunset Lounge, the CRA also bought and demolished existing adjacent buildings at 607 8th Street, 604 9th Street and 915 N. Rosemary Avenue. The Historic Northwest District is one of the city’s oldest, historically black neighborhoods located just north of downtown West Palm Beach. The district includes the area from Banyan Blvd. to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., between Tamarind Ave. and Rosemary Ave.
The West Palm Beach CRA selected Cooper Construction Management for the rehabilitation project, along with Hedrick Brothers Construction to provide historic restoration consulting.
The project is expected to be completed by summer 2019. For more about the Community Redevelopment Agency, visit wpb.org/cra.
‘Genii Loci’ Street Art Connects
Downtown and Historic Northwest
Road Tattoo, designed and created in West Palm Beach, is believed to be world’s largest
The world’s largest installation of street art, located in downtown West Palm Beach, is officially complete! After almost two weeks of painting, with support from 30-local artists and volunteers, noted street artist Steed Taylor completed the 1.2 mi. work-- known as Genii Loci-- on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. The artist was commissioned by the City of West Palm Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and Related Companies for the purpose of creating an original large scale, temporary street mural—or ‘road tattoo’—on Rosemary Avenue between Okeechobee Boulevard and 11th Street. Steed Taylor’s road tattoo is one of several ways the city is working to rejoin the Historic Northwest and the downtown.
Three designs were created and mixed throughout the length of the three color mural: Florida native flowers and plants; a braided Celtic design symbolizing connectedness; and, at the entry point to the Historic Northwest district, the musical scale and notations representing the jazz standard “Round Midnight”. Genii Locii, which means “spirit of the place” in Latin, is believed to be the longest street tattoo ever made and showcases the power of the community like never before.
The art also achieves three goals suggested by Gehl Studios with whom the city contracted to find ways to improve quality of life for residents in our community. The three goals include:
- Creating a safe and interesting crossing at Rosemary and Banyan Boulevard;
- Utilizing art as a tool to create an eye-catching path along Rosemary;
- Implementing a traffic calming measure on Rosemary through alternative methods.
A dedication ceremony was held on May 1st, 2018 and featured an invocation delivered by Ricky Aiken. Mayor thanked the artist and local artists for their participation.
“We are really interested in public art and what art can do for communities and to bring communities together,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Our focus in the city is making connections and connecting neighborhoods. We hope people will take the walk along Genii Loci and really make those connections between neighbors and neighborhoods.”
“This installation is another example of how the City is working to engage and support local artists,” said City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP) Coordinator Sybille Welter. “There are about 50 public art installations including murals in our dynamic city, and we encourage the public to explore and enjoy.”
For more information about the City’s AiPP program, please visit: wpb.org/AiPP. For more information on Steed Taylor, http://www.steedtaylor.com/.
FDOT: Southern Blvd. Bridges Replacement Project Update
On Thursday, May 17, the temporary bridge for the Southern Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project will open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The vertical lift span bridge will open with one lane of traffic in each direction and a sidewalk for pedestrians on the north side.
To prepare for the traffic switch from the existing bridge to the temporary bridge, Flagler Drive north of Southern Boulevard will have temporary closures from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Police officers will maintain local traffic through the intersection as paving is performed at the intersection of Flagler Drive and Southern Boulevard. In addition, the Southern Boulevard Causeway and Southern Boulevard from Flagler Drive to Washington Road will have single-lane closures from 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, to 6 a.m. Thursday, May 17. Flaggers will maintain two-way traffic – one direction at a time – in the remaining open lane as crews restripe the roadway. Marine traffic will not be impacted during these times.
Traffic will switch to the temporary bridge at 6 a.m. on May 17 (see attached map). The temporary bridge will remain in operation for approximately two years as the existing bridge is demolished and the replacement bridge built. The temporary bridge will have a vertical clearance of 14 feet in the closed position and 65 feet in the open position with a 125-foot navigable channel. The bridge will maintain an opening schedule of twice per hour at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. There may be half-channel closures during construction.
The Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bridges Replacement Project includes replacing the existing bascule (draw) bridge and tide relief bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) and Lake Worth Lagoon between the Town of Palm Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. The project limits are between Washington Road in West Palm Beach and State Road A1A/South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. New decorative lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, signage and drainage are included. For more information, contact FDOT: http://www.fdot.gov/
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VIDEO: Mayor/Commission Work Session Mobility Studies (April 30, 2018)
VIDEO: Mayor/Commission Work Session Alleyway Pilot Program (April 30, 2018)
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Video: Mayor's Village Initiative: Racial Equity Workshop
Video: Mayor Tours New Water Plant Construction Site
Peace in the Streets
Please join us on our community walks as we engage our brothers and sisters!
Twin Lakes Neighborhood
Meeting Place - Twin Lakes Community Center
1200 7th St.
Meeting Place - Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
1313 Division Ave.
For more information contact Rev. Kevin Jones at (561)822-1413 or (561) 832-8338, ext. 3.
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2018 Holiday Sanitation Schedule
There will be regular service on the following holidays:
- 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.
Downtown WPB Trolley Schedule
The Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service is FREE courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Palm Beach Outlets, and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Operated by Molly's Trolleys, the trolleys pick up and drop off at designated stops in the City and are handicapped accessible. The trolley is a convenient way to move throughout the City and to visit all of your favorite downtown shops, restaurants, and attractions!
There are three routes in the downtown: the Yellow Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. The Yellow and Green Line trolleys pick up passengers every 10-15 minutes, and the Blue Line picks up every half hour with set stop times.
- The Yellow Line travels to CityPlace and Clematis Street. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm.
- The Green Line travels to the TriRail Station and downtown to make it even easier to vist our attractions. Hours of operation: 7 days a week (No service on Thanksgiving or Christmas); Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 9am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11am - 6pm.
- The Blue Line travels through downtown, Northwood Village, and the Palm Beach Outlets. Hours of Operation: Thursday - Saturday ONLY, 11am - 10pm; Run every 30 minutes with specific stop times.
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 information, please call (561) 822-1412.
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