(Friday, December 19, 2008) The City of West Palm Beach is beginning a major new redevelopment effort in Coleman Park, one of the City’s oldest neighborhoods.
In recent years, the neighborhood has been marred by blighted conditions and illegal activity. The City will be kicking off the Coleman Park Neighborhood Improvement Initiative with a neighborhood walk, encouraging residents to walk and talk with City staff and find ways to make Coleman Park a better place. People interested in joining the neighborhood tour should meet at the Coleman Park Community Center, located at 1116 21st Street, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2008.
The neighborhood walk is just the beginning of what will be an intensive effort to restore and revitalize Coleman Park. The City has stepped up Code Enforcement efforts in the area to clean up deteriorating structures and overgrown lots. The West Palm Beach Housing Authority has announced plans to demolish and rebuild Dunbar Village, reconnecting it with the surrounding neighborhood. The City will encourage business development, home rehabilitation and increases in homeownership. The City will also use federal dollars to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties.
The planning process will engage area residents and businesses, getting them to shape and embrace the rebirth of their neighborhood. Throughout the process, residents will be encouraged to share their ideas, concerns and vision for Coleman Park. Neighborhood charettes will also be a critical part of the process.