Chamber Throws Support Behind Currie Park Changes
August 1, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – One of the most influential professional groups in Palm Beach County has thrown its support behind the city’s effort to spark redevelopment in the Currie Park area.
At its board meeting this week, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches voted unanimously to stand behind the city’s rewrites of the zoning rules for the Currie Park district.
The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is throwing out the old rules that dictated what developers could build there because, according to the CRA, the old rules imposed so many restrictions that it was impossible to come up with a viable project.
CRA Executive Director Jon Ward spoke to the Chamber before the vote. His comments can be seen here:
The new zoning rules will go before the City Commission for consideration, and also need to be sent up to Tallahassee for approval. But CRA staff is confident the new rules will be approved and be in place by October. That would be perfect timing, according to Ward.
“We’ve got developers at the door, ready to move ahead with some incredible proposals that will significantly improve the area. The only things standing in the way were the rules that put a strangle hold on just about every project,” said Ward.
The area that will be redeveloped is the vacant land on the west side of Flagler Drive. The rezoning effort does not include the public Currie Park recreational space on the east side of Flagler Drive.