April 15, 2013
(Tallahassee, FL) – Drastic changes to West Palm Beach’s Broadway corridor could be coming if the City can get the go-ahead from Tallahassee.
Friday a delegation from the City of West Palm Beach travelled to Tallahassee in a effort to convince state transportation officials to allow the city to make significant changes to Broadway. Permission from the Florida Department of Transportation is necessary because Broadway is a state operated roadway.
During a meeting with FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad, West Palm Beach Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Kim Briesemeister and Alex Hanson with the City’s Planning Department laid out preliminary ideas to transform the corridor.
The ideas include adding street parking along stretches of the road, landscaping along the sidewalks, improving the medians, repainting crosswalks, and adding outdoor furniture such as benches as well as other pedestrian-oriented items.
“The idea is to change the entire way the area functions both from a driver perspective but also from a pedestrian point of view,” said Commissioner Mitchell. “All our efforts are being driven by one goal. The economic development of a part of our city that has so much potential. When people see that an area has activity, they want to be a part of that activity. Either by shopping there or moving a business there.”
The City will now work on creating a schematic concept to present to Secretary Prasad and FDOT that will illustrate the improvements and provide to FDOT a visual idea of what the changes will look like. It will then be up to FDOT to decide whether to allow the City to move forward.