New Community Buffer Wall to Protect Kids, Improve Neighborhood

(Thursday, June 18, 2009)  The City of West Palm Beach’s Pleasant City neighborhood will be safer for children and quieter for all residents thanks to a new buffer wall between the neighborhood and the F.E.C. railroad tracks.  The wall will help prevent children from making unsafe crossings of the railroad tracks and coming into contact with parked trains.

“The community asked for this wall as part of the overall revitalization of the neighborhood, and the Community Redevelopment Agency delivered,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel. “This wall will help keep kids away from dangerous areas of the railroad tracks and will also reduce noise for people living in Pleasant City.”

The buffer wall is approximately one mile long, spanning the area between 16th and 23rd Streets, and is eight feet high.  The wall will direct both children and adults to clearly-marked railroad crossings at either end.  In the past, many people walked through the F.E.C. railway property, creating unsafe conditions as they climbed under or around trains that had been parked in the area.  The wall will also help eliminate noise and dust caused by the railroad in the Pleasant City area.

Pleasant City residents asked for the buffer wall to be a part of the neighborhood’s improvements that are spelled out in the Pleasant City Citizen’s Master Plan.  Neighborhood residents and City workers created the master plan at a series of public workshops and citizen-input forums.

The City’s CRA is funding the $269,000 dollar wall project and will also fund landscaping in the area.  Construction of the wall begins in June of 2009. The project is expected to be completed in August of 2009.