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NEW Ridesharing Zones Coming to Downtown Delray Beach

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 2:23pm

RIDESHARE ZONES KEEP PEDESTRIANS SAFE,

TRAFFIC FLOWING IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH

Going out for a night on the town in downtown Delray Beach?  The Delray Beach Police Department and the city of Delray Beach are partnering with ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to make it safer to catch a ride on bustling East Atlantic Avenue.

The idea is simple. Whenever a car drops off or picks up passengers in the downtown area, the driver will go to a designated rideshare zone, so passengers can safely get into and out of the vehicles. This avoids the dangers associated with cars stopping in traffic to load or unload passengers, and it also keeps traffic flowing.  

The rideshare zones are identified by signs and are positioned in various locations off Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Avenue and Federal Highway. Anyone sharing a ride – whether in an Uber, Lyft, taxi or private vehicle – must use the zones between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. Drivers cannot stay in the zones for more than five minutes.

Before 5 p.m., the zones will be used as loading zones for commercial vehicles making deliveries to nearby businesses as delivery trucks are not permitted on East Atlantic Avenue. Downtown visitors who are using ridesharing services during the day are encouraged to do so in safe places outside of the flow of downtown traffic.

There are seven rideshare zones in downtown Delray Beach marked by signs (see attached) located just north and south of Atlantic Avenue. They are on

  • Northeast 1st Avenue
  • Southeast 1st Avenue
  • Northeast 2nd Avenue
  • Southeast 2nd Avenue
  • Northeast 3rd Avenue
  • Southeast 3rd Avenue
  • Northeast 4th Avenue
  • Southeast 4th Avenue

Beach Master Plan Phase II Update—Asphalt Stamping to Begin

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 2:17pm

The Contractor is set to begin the next big phase of the Beach Project with the Asphalt Stamping at the intersections. This work is scheduled to begin Tuesday night, November 5th from the hours of 9 pm till 6 am the following morning. This will be the schedule for this week:

 Night work for Asphalt Brick Stamping and Painting to Begin at 9:00 PM Tuesday (11/5/19) to 7:00 AM  Wednesday (11/6/19) 

  - Crews will begin the process of stamping and painting a red brick herringbone pattern on the new asphalt pavement at the following intersections. Temporary lanes closures will be set up with flaggers in place for traffic control.

The work sequence for the remainder of this week is as follows:

    - 11/5/19 Tuesday night to 11/6/19 Wednesday morning  - The intersection of Atlantic Ave. & A1A and the Marriott Crosswalk. 

    - 11/6/19 Wednesday night to 11/7/19 Thursday morning – The intersection of Atlantic Ave. & A1A and the Marriott Crosswalk. 

    - 11/7/19 Thursday night to 11/8/19 Friday morning- The intersection of Casuarina Rd. & A1A and the Anchor Park Crosswalk. 

    - 11/8/19 Friday night to 11/9/19 Saturday morning – The intersection of Casuarina Rd. & A1A and the Anchor Park Crosswalk. 

The above work schedule is weather dependent and is subject to change. The remainder of the pavement stamping work is planned over the next three weeks- stay tuned for future schedule updates

Next Week the anticipated schedule will be the intersections of Atlantic & Gleason and Atlantic & Venetian. After discussion with the Seagate Hotel this afternoon, the hours for those intersections will be starting at Midnight to 9 am the following morning. We anticipate it will take 3 nights to complete those intersections. 

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Atlantic Crossing Update: Mixed-Use Destination Readies for Vertical Construction Start

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:32am

$300 Million Atlantic Crossing Mixed-Use Destination Readies for Vertical Construction Start, Announces First Retail/Office Leases

The project will Transform Two City Blocks in Downtown Delray Beach, FL 

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.–October 10, 2019 - Spanning two city blocks, the $300 million Atlantic Crossing mixed-use destination designed to transform the east end of Downtown Delray Beach’s nationally recognized Atlantic Avenue is on track to begin vertical construction by year-end, according to the owner, The Edwards Companies. With the western block’s underground parking garage and infrastructure well underway, the Company announced the start of active leasing with three lead tenants signed for retail and office space that is projected to open beginning in the fourth quarter 2020.

Representing the largest private investment in the City’s history, the venture by Columbus, Ohio-based Edwards Companies is bringing first-of-its-kind high-quality retail and restaurant space (73,000 sf), Downtown’s first Class A office quarters (83,000 sf), and new luxury residences to the heart of the City.

“Atlantic Avenue is nationally known and demand is strong. Our timetable allows us to be selective and to identify “best of class” commercial tenants for the project,” said Edward Companies Vice President Don DeVere. Lead tenant Merrill Lynch will occupy the entire 20,000-sf third floor - half the available office space in the first building - and Chico’s has signed for a 3,150 sf shop fronting Atlantic Ave. The first restaurant tenant, Chicago-based The Hampton Social, a lifestyle experience concept, has leased 8,677 square feet. Several additional tenant prospects are in active negotiations, DeVere said. 

Atlantic Crossing’s nine-acre site has 560 feet of frontage along Atlantic Avenue and is bounded by Federal Highway (US1) to the west and the City’s Veterans Park along the Intracoastal Waterway to the east. The western block is fully financed with a $110 million construction loan and a $45 million preferred equity investment. 

“The Delray market is highly desirable, but has lacked new, high-quality retail and restaurant space with associated parking,” DeVere said. Plus, for the first time, mid- to large companies can locate in Downtown Delray Beach as Atlantic Crossing introduces 20,000 sf floorplates. 

 “Atlantic Crossing is coming online at an exciting turning point,” according to Drew M. Barkett of Strategic Retail Advisors, exclusive retail leasing agent. “Retailers and restaurateurs are looking to ‘High Street’ opportunities, rather than enclosed malls or lifestyle centers.  Atlantic Crossing delivers the authentic sense of place to draw today’s shoppers and diners, and to become the ‘must-see’ spot for out of towners.” 

 Commitments elsewhere in the Downtown by national retailers are validating the market’s appeal, and three new downtown hotels, the state’s largest food hall, and new residential developments are slated for the area.

 Downtown Delray Beach offers “one of the strongest retail scenarios in the country,” according to Robert Gibbs, a nationally known retail consultant and author whose 2017 Shopabilility study found the primary market area can support 434,000 sf of new retail, generating $221 million in retail sales. The study pegged Delray Beach as one of the nation’s Top 10 Downtowns, with the potential to become a Carmel by the Sea or Nantucket. USA Today listed Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue among 10 Great American Shopping Streets (5-5-17), noting that 20,000 people can visit its hundreds of shops and restaurants in a day.  

For retailers, Atlantic Crossing’s demographics are compelling. Total population within five miles is 150,752, and within one mile, average household income tops $100,000. Also, Downtown draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and Atlantic Crossing’s new residents alone are projected to generate more than $6 million in new spending annually

 In line with Downtown Delray’s eclectic feel and walkability, each of Atlantic Crossing’s six buildings of three to five stories has a different architectural design. All parking is hidden, below ground or in a garage wrapped by residences, and convenient valet service is provided. Completion of the first luxury residential residences is anticipated for ­­­­­­­­­2021, with additional park-side residential units added in 2023.

 For more on Atlantic Crossing’s plans, visit www.atlanticcrossingdelray.com.  For retail leasing contact Strategic Retail Advisors, Drew M. Barkett (dbarkett@sraretail.com)954-683-5234 or Steve Friedman (sfriedman@sraretail.com) 954-614-0641. For office leasing, contact CBRE, John Jaspert, (john.jaspert@cbre.com, 561 393-1603) or Jeffrey Kelly, (jeffrey.kelly@cbre.com, 561 393-1621.) 

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Photo 1: Atlantic Crossing’s first building features retail topped by Class A office at Downtown Delray’s “Main & Main” corner, Atlantic Avenue at Federal Hwy. 

Photo 2: With the initial underground parking garage formed, Atlantic Crossing’s western block is slated to begin vertical construction by year-end.

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ATLANTIC CROSSING First Garage Concrete Pour- October 4TH & 5TH 2019 - ROAD CLOSURES

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:31pm

The next stage of construction for the initial underground garage is the concrete pour. In close

coordination with the City and local law enforcement, a plan is in place to safely secure the site

and surrounding area, temporarily re-route traffic, and execute the pour during the overnight

hours to minimize inconvenience for neighbors, nearby businesses and visitors. (Some noise will

be unavoidable - we apologize in advance.)

For safety, police will be staged at key intersections (Atlantic Ave. at NE 6th Ave. and NE 7th Ave.,

and NE 6th Ave. at NE 1st St.) throughout the period of truck movement. During this time, some

traffic will be re-routed. (See map.)

Timeline:

Friday, Oct. 4:

Mid-day: Preparation begins on-site

8-10:30 pm: Road closures begin

All lanes: NE 7th Ave. between Atlantic Ave. and NE 1st St.

1 lane: NE 6th Ave., south of Atlantic Ave.

Northern parking lot (NE 1st St. at NE 7th Ave.) closed

Saturday, Oct. 5:

12:30 am: Concrete pumps begin staging on NE 6th Ave/Federal Hwy., south of Atlantic Ave

1 am to 1 pm: Concrete pour (Projected start time, estimated 12-hour duration)

1-3 pm: Roads re-open, Normal traffic resumes at NE 6th Ave/Atlantic Ave., NE 7th Ave.

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is Hiring!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:08pm

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is currently looking for a full-time Program Coordinator. Please see the role description below:

The MISSION of the Organization...

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an innovative, hands-on, taxing authority that is responsible for the health and well being of the historic, resort-like Downtown. The Delray Beach DDA is a model of credibility, professionalism, and productivity generating valued outcomes aligned with the mission. The Mission of the DDA is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

The story of your role. . . as Program Coordinator

As program coordinator, you help shape the story of Downtown Delray Beach and drive the organizations' success in serving its constituents and the community at large. You provide essential support for marketing initiatives, including advertising planning, coordination of the collateral development, assistance with social media and event/program marketing and development. This work also puts you on the front lines with the DDA constituents and downtown customers.

You will be a part of an awesome team with a strong and positive culture. You will be working alongside the Executive Director, the DDA Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, and other DDA team members, agency partners, and the downtown businesses while working closely with the DDA’s external creative team. Your responsibilities will be supporting and executing the goals and objectives of the DDA with a strong focus on marketing, communications, program operations, delivering results and sharing new ideas and best practices with the team.

This role requires partnership with the Marketing Manager & Operations Manager on the execution of a variety of Downtown Merchant and consumer-specific programs including First Friday Art Walk, Shop Small, Delray Beach Fashion Week and Savor the Avenue along with many other programs that benefit the Downtown businesses. The role of relationship-building is essential and vital to our success and knowledge as well as a passion for event planning and execution is key.

Most of all, this role requires a motivated individual with experience in destination marketing and advertising across all channels and someone who is passionate about the development and implementation of marketing and economic development initiatives for a resort downtown. We are a small team, so communication is very important among the staff!

Please click on the PDF below to see the full position requirements. 

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to LSimon@downtowndelraybeach.com