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West Palm Beach will host Street Soiree in celebration of the newly renovated street.
(West Palm Beach, FLA.) November 4, 2019 – On November 7, 2019, as part of the West Palm Beach 125th Anniversary series of celebrations, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, City leaders, project managers from the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, partners and local merchants will participate in a ribbon cutting to celebrate the unveiling of the newly constructed 200 Block of Clematis Street. A Street Soiree including live music, and food and drink tastings from local businesses, will follow the ceremony. The completely renovated 200 block features wider sidewalks with more shade trees, narrowed traffic lanes and a curbless street design to allow for an easier and more enjoyable pedestrian experience along the award-winning historic corridor. Phase II of the Clematis Streetscape project continues in the 100 block and is expected to wrap up in December 2019. The 200 Block of Clematis Street will officially open to traffic on November 8, 2019.
“The City is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and there is no better way to prepare for the future of our downtown than facilitating improvements to our most iconic street,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “The Clematis Streetscape Project Phase II has been, and continues to be, a priority for our City. The 200 Block reopening is a milestone for the project as we continue to make our most traveled pedestrian corridor more user friendly.”
Project highlights of Phase II of the Clematis Streetscape include:
  • A curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian
  • Narrower traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars
  • High-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings
  • More regularly spaced shade trees
  • Reduced parking spaces to make room for “people space”
  • Wider sidewalks for more walkway space, dining space and furnished seating space
“We took insights from merchants, business owners, residents and other stakeholders into consideration when finalizing our plans for Clematis Street,” said Allison Justice, Interim Director, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “The result is a beautiful, plaza like street that puts people first, and which will elevate the experience and overall quality of life for Clematis merchants, residents and visitors.”
During the Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Planning at the Market public event earlier this year, more than 80 percent of respondents thought the design of the 300 block achieved its goal of improving the public realm of Clematis Street either “extremely well” or “very well.” Project designers, Dover, Kohl & Partners, incorporated public feedback about what people would like to see on the 100 and 200 blocks from that event, as well as a City Hall meeting, before presenting final designs to the City Commission. The Commission approved the Phase II plan at the Face of the City meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019. 
As Phase II continues with the construction of the 100 block, the City aims to ease construction disruption for valued merchants and businesses. Project management improvements include valet service for merchants on the affected blocks, improved signage to help with wayfinding and a marketing campaign to raise awareness of activities. The valet stand is located on South Narcissus Avenue and open from 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Thursday; 9:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Sunday. Additionally, patrons of any Clematis Street business can take advantage of parking validation in City garages – up to three hours - with proof of purchases totaling $50 or more. To validate, visitors must bring proof of purchase(s) to the Visitor Information Center at 100 N. Clematis St. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Clematis Streetscape project is one of several joint projects between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The project was designed with quality of life at the forefront and to ensure that the City’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors. The third phase of the Clematis Streetscape is expected to include the 400 and 500 blocks, beginning in Summer 2020.   
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematis, call 561-822-2222, (TTY: 800-855-8771). Locals and visitors attending the Clematis Streetscape 200 Block Grand Reopening are encouraged to arrive the sustainable way – on the City’s free and fun trolley. The incredibly popular transport system cuts down on CO2 emissions by eliminating car trips and has several routes with stops near the event. To stay up-to-date on all City news, please follow the City on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Facebook @CityofWPB.