WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (January 2, 2019) – According to West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, downtown merchants and the public, the first phase of the Clematis Streetscape project, which expanded sidewalk space, added more shade trees, and created slower traffic, and more, on the 300 block was a great success. The pedestrian-friendly project launched last winter with a series of public meetings and opportunities for input before construction broke ground in June. The improvements wrapped right on time in October and now city leaders are turning their attention to Phase II. In similar fashion, the City of West Palm Beach is seeking feedback from Clematis Street merchants, business owners, residents, other area merchants, key stakeholders and the general public on what they like about the improvements to the 300 block and what ideas they might like to see on the 100 and 200 blocks. The multi-phase project will extend from the 100 block through the 500 block when it is complete and will create a more modern and cohesive look for the City’s most iconic street.
“The feedback we have received about the 300 block of Clematis Street has been incredible,” said Mayor Muoio. “Merchants have commented on an increase in foot traffic and a more enjoyable experience for their customers. Pedestrians have noted an easier time walking, due to the larger pavers and wider sidewalks. Overall, people appear to be spending more time on the 300 block. We accomplished exactly what we set out to do with Phase I of the Clematis Streetscape project. The results will continue to pay off for years to come in multiple ways, such as an increase in economic development and a healthier and safer city. I look forward to the next phase and beyond, so that the entire street can feel the impact.”
As part of Phase II goals, the City aims to ease construction disruption for 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.
Dover, Kohl & Partners, the award-winning design team who came up with the concepts and renderings for Phase I, will again be retained for Phase II improvements. Like last time, the public will have several opportunities to provide feedback to the design team, city leaders and project managers, including:
- Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Planning at the Market | Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (101 N. Clematis Street; West Palm Beach, FL 33401)
Dover, Kohl & Partners will have a booth at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket to engage with residents and visitors about Clematis Street. The interactive opportunity will give the design team a greater understanding of what people enjoy most about the newly improved 300 block and where they would like to see changes on the 100 and 200 blocks.
- Clematis Streetscape Phase II: Interactive Workshop | Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Public Meeting at City Hall in the Flagler Gallery – 5:30 – 8 p.m. (401 Clematis Street; West Palm Beach, FL 33401)
Principal Victor Dover, of Dover, Kohl & Partners, will present initial options and renderings for Phase II of Clematis Streetscape. The design firm will also survey the audience through live polling, taking that feedback into consideration when editing design plans. City officials and project managers will also be onsite to receive feedback and provide overall project goals and timelines.
For people who cannot attend in person but would still like to participate, they can email comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After much discussion and drafts, the West Palm Beach City Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Phase II designs on Monday, February 25, 2019 during the Face of the City public meeting. Upon approval from the Commission, construction would begin in May and wrap up by the end of October.
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.