Designers presented plans, then took input from public on next steps for Phase
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (February 1, 2019) –
After two recent public outreach engagement meetings/events, feedback shared with West Palm Beach City leaders and the Clematis Streetscape design team about the Clematis Streetscape project has been overwhelmingly positive. More than 80 percent of respondents to the Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Planning at the Market say the design of the 300 block achieved its goal of improving the public realm of Clematis Street either “extremely well” or “very well”. As a next step, the designers, Dover, Kohl & Partners, will incorporate the feedback from both meetings to present updated designs to the City Commission. The Commission is expected to make a final decision on Phase II, which seeks to improve the 100 and 200 blocks of Clematis Street, at the Face of the City meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019.
“We are pleased with the continued engagement and enthusiasm surrounding our Clematis Streetscape project,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Clematis Street merchants, business owners, residents, other area merchants, key stakeholders and the general public all gave us thoughtful feedback about what they like about the 300 block and what they would like to see on the 100 and 200 blocks. As a result, our design team is better able to meet the needs of our community.”
Of the Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Interactive Workshop poll respondents,
- Most people said their reason to visit Clematis Street was to eat or shop;
- Most people walk to Clematis Street, followed by driving;
- Most people favored “places to sit/linger/enjoy the street” as the most important design element, followed by outdoor dining.
The pedestrian-friendly project launched last winter with a series of public meetings and opportunities for input before construction broke ground on the 300 block in June. Improvements to the 300 block included expanded sidewalk space, more shade trees, a curbless street design, narrower traffic lanes, and more. The improvements wrapped right on time in October and now City leaders are turning their attention to Phase II. Designers aim to create a similar and seamless look and feel between the 300 block and 100 and 200 blocks of Clematis Street. As part of Phase II goals, the City aims to ease construction disruption for valued merchants and businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks. Project management improvements include valet service for merchants on the affected blocks, improved signage to help with wayfinding for the public and to promote the businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks, and better management of garbage pickup and freight uploading. Additionally, the City is sticking with the phased approach to design and construction, as the public overwhelmingly preferred this approach when polled last winter.
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.
For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape, call 561-822-2222, or plan to attend the public meetings. To stay up-to-date on all City news, please follow the City on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Facebook @CityofWPB.