Construction Updates

Downtown Delray Beach has become a growing source of pride for the city and its citizens, with millions invested in public and private development over the past 25 years, resulting in a revitalization that
inspires people to live, work and play in the urban core every day. Known as Delray Beach’s living room because of its community spirit and central location, people gather to enjoy the comfortable urban
neighborhood setting that only downtown provides. For those who reside in one of the distinctive apartments or homes, the downtown is not only their living room, but also their dining room, kitchen and backyard as well!

Stay connected and updated on street closures and projects surrounding our Downtown area right here.

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of June 5, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:20am

Beach Area Master Plan grew from grass roots efforts

The current construction project providing our municipal beach facilities with a much-anticipated facelift was first conceived in 2009 by a group of folks known as the Beach Property Owners' Association, Inc. (BPOA).  During that year, this group of beach lovers encouraged local architect Bob Currie to draft a design concept showing ways to incorporate improvements to the public areas of the beach.  In the years to follow, the BPOA provided leadership on this topic in the community, holding charrettes and raising funds to serve as seed money in order to begin the project. When the economy slowed, however, the plan was postponed, but never forgotten.

In the past two years, the City of Delray Beach City Commission has championed the cause, fast tracking the project by providing funds to design the architecture and complete construction plans for the Beach Area Master Plan.  Construction for the project began on April 3, 2017 and will be completed by the beginning of October 2017. 

Once it is finished, the nearly 2.2 million residents and visitors to Delray Beach each year will enjoy 1.3 miles of beautiful, wider and well-designed sidewalks.  Many of the beach entrances will be celebrated, equipped with new showers, bicycle and towel racks and  drinking fountains complete with bottle fillers.  Existing beach accesses will remain the simple sand trails to your favorite spots to enjoy the sun and surf that they always have been. While the improvements will be top shelf, they will not detract from the natural beauty that is Delray Beach.

The two existing gazebos at each end of the beach will be reconstructed thanks in part to a generous donation from the Lattner Family Foundation. The short knee wall at the north end of the beach also is getting a well-deserved facelift, becoming a more prominent feature of the Beach Promenade and providing a place for beach goers to sit a while and watch people and waves.  Our four-legged friends will find that we have included plenty of grass patches for their enjoyment, along with pet waste stations and water bowls at doggie level.

 

The City of Delray Beach is excited to bring this project to our citizens and we look forward to enjoying the fruits of our labor with you for years to come. We thank you for your patience while we build a better beach front for us all.

Parking:

As construction continues on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will remain unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway Lot, will continue to be available. For those who choose to park in public parking garages, a third trolley has been added with a new route featuring stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers.

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

Worksite Safety:

The contractor has secured the Beach Promenade area on the north end of the beach to create two safe zones - one for protected sidewalk and beach access for the public and one for protection of the construction site. Directional and informational signage is present. A safe zone for construction also is established on the south end of the beach. Utility structures, irrigation, electrical and existing trees are protected from construction activities.

Public notifications concerning sidewalk closures are posted. The contractor is working with the public on providing safe entry to the beach through designated areas within the construction zone.

 

Contact information:

For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.

For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.

For general questions concerning the construction, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

Stay informed with weekly up-to-date information by visiting our website (www.mydelraybeach.com) and information boards.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of May 15, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:12pm

(May 15, 2017) Construction continues at the south end of the beach between Casuarina Road and the Sandoway Parking Lot. Folks will notice that the sidewalk remains closed with temporary construction fencing. We are continuing to ask people to be careful when accessing the beach.  

The general contractor completed the removal of the existing sidewalk except for the area trucking off the debris,  so it is very important that folks trying to get to the beach only use the identified access points, which provide safe entry. These safe entry points are located at Casuarina Rd. and at the Sandoway Parking Lot.

Utility trenching has started at the southern boundary of the project for electric, plumbing, and irrigation.

New glass encased message boards are located at the northern and southern boundaries, as well as Atlantic Avenue have been installed which will inform the public (weekly) of upcoming construction events for the project.    

 

Due to limited parking at the beach, a third Downtown Roundabout trolley between the parking garages and the beach is accessible.  Click here to view a map of the new route or visit www.mydelraybeach.com.

 

Beach Promenade benches, plaques and stone memorials have been removed and safely stored. Any donor of the same should contact Isaac Kovner at 561-243-7000, ext. 4119, to discuss options for future location.

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Underground piping for the brand new, modern showers continues at the south end of the beach.
  • Backfilling and compaction of the trench for the underground piping will follow.
  • Forms for the new concrete sidewalk will be built on the newly compacted soil.
  • Concrete mock-ups of the future sidewalk are completed and the final choices have been selected.

 

Parking:

As construction continues on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will remain unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway lot, will continue to be available. For those who choose to park in public parking garages, a third trolley has been added with a new route featuring stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers.

 

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

 

Worksite Safety:

The contractor has secured the Beach Promenade area on the north end of the Beach to create two safe zones -- one for protected sidewalk and beach access for the public and one for protection of the construction site. Directional and informational signage is present. 

A safe zone for construction also is established on the south end of the Beach. Utility structures, irrigation, electrical and existing trees are protected from construction activities.

Public notifications concerning sidewalk closures are posted. The contractor is working with the public on providing safe entry to the beach through designated areas within the construction zone.

 

Contact information:

For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.

For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.

For general questions concerning the construction, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding. 

 

Stay informed with up-to-date information by visiting our website: www.mydelraybeach.com

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of May 8, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:14am

Delray Beach Master Plan Week of May 8, 2017

Construction continues at the south end of the Beach between Casuarina Road and the Sandoway Parking Lot.  Folks will notice that the sidewalk has been closed with temporary construction fencing. We are asking people to be careful when accessing the beach.  The general contractor nearly completed the removal of the existing sidewalk and sod, so it is important that anyone trying to get to the beach only use the identified access points, which provide safe entry. These safe entry points are located at Casuarina Road and at the Sandoway Parking Lot.

Leveling the ground to the height of the new sidewalk has started at the southern boundary of the project.

New drone technology is being used to videotape project construction from a bird's eye view. The drone will be used once per month to show construction progress. Aerial views of the beach construction in progress is planned for posting on the City of Delray Beach website in the near future. 

 

 

 

Due to limited parking at the beach, a third Downtown Roundabout trolley between the parking garages and the beach is accessible.  Click here for a map of the new route.

Beach Promenade benches, plaques and stone memorials have been removed and safely stored.

Any donor of the same should contact Isaac Kovner at 561-243-7000, ext. 4119, to discuss options for future location.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Underground piping for the brand new modern showers will begin this week at the south end of the beach.
  • Removal of the remaining existing sidewalk, grass and topsoil will be completed this week on the south end of the beach.
  • Braces are being constructed to form the shape of the new knee-wall construction on the north end of the beach. The braces will be stored on site until all have been built and are ready to be put into place.
  • Concrete mock-ups of the future sidewalk are tentatively scheduled to be ready for review and approval the week of May 8.

Parking:

As construction continues on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will remain unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway lot, will continue to be available. For those who choose to park in public parking garages, a third trolley has been added with a new route featuring stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers.

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

Work site Safety:

The contractor has secured the Beach Promenade area on the north end of the beach to create two safe zones -- one for protected sidewalk and beach access for the public and one for protection of the construction site. 

Directional and informational signage is present. A safe zone for construction also is established on the south end of the beach. Utility structures, irrigation, electrical and existing trees are protected from construction activities.

Public notifications concerning sidewalk closures are posted. The contractor is working with the public on providing safe entry to the beach through designated areas within the construction zone.

 

Contact information:

For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.

For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.

For general questions concerning the construction, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Stay informed with up-to-date information by visiting the city website: www.mydelraybeach.com

 

Delray Beach Promenade renovation to begin on April 3

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:17pm

As part of the Beach Master Plan, the Delray Beach Promenade renovation will commence on April 3. Construction will begin at the north end of the promenade. Project construction is expected to take five months, with minor revisions and corrections occurring during the sixth month. Our municipal beach will remain open during this time.

During this process, our aim is to reduce and minimize inconveniences by keeping our residents, guests, business owners, and beach-goers informed as much as possible.  Signs will be installed along the beachfront within the next 3-5 business days notifying the public of the construction.

Construction Timeline:

Below is the expected construction schedule for the first month, through May 2017:

  • Beginning on April 3, MBR Construction, will establish the initial construction zone at the northern end of the Beach Promenade.  The initial construction will be replacement of the existing concrete sidewalk east of the knee wall beginning at the northern extent of the Beach Promenade and working toward the south. This will continue through April 16.  This will prevent any interruption to the annual Easter Sunrise Service that is commonly held at the Beach Pavilion located at Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 16 this year.
  • Between April 16 and April 30, the contractor will finish work on the sidewalk east of the knee wall at the north end of the Beach Promenade and begin to transition to the southern extent of the project near Casuarina Road.
  • On May 1, the contractor will establish a construction zone at the southern extent of the project near Casuarina Road.  During this phase of construction, on-street parking along the beach will not be available from Casuarina Road to the Sandoway parking lot.  Parking will be available in the Sandoway parking lot, where new smart meters have been installed. 

Parking:

As construction mobilizes on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will become unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway lot, will continue to be available and trolleys will add stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers. A third trolley may be added to the route to ensure that wait times do not increase unduly.

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Contact information:

  • For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.
  • For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.
  • For general questions concerning the construction of the Beach Master Plan, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

 

Stay informed with up-to-date information by visiting the city website

DELRAY BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:57pm

 

DELRAY BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER

RENOVATION PROJECT REQUEST FOR BIDS

Due: 3/1/17

Overview

Background:

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, with the support of the City of Delray Beach, has managed and operated the Visitor Information Center located at the Sarah Gleason Park site at the corner of A1A and E. Atlantic Avenue since 2005.  The purpose for the center is to provide visitors and residents maps, brochures and information about Downtown Delray Beach. The center is open 7 days a week, staffed by local volunteers. It is noted that visitors that receive information spend an average of $2,000 per stay, and the Center currently sees over 18,000 visitors annually.

In April of 2016, the Discover the Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism bureau, approached the DDA to share the importance of Visitor Information Centers and encouraged the DDA to enhance the facility. 

Discover the Palm Beaches (DTPB) Concept:

Establish a street level, easily accessible and highly visible Visitor Information Center (VIC) facility for the City of Delray Beach catering to drive market and pedestrian traffic, while raising awareness of tourism assets and accommodations in the local community.

Rationale:

  • As the largest county in Florida with millions of visitors and significant volume of drive traffic, there is a need to create a cost effective network of Visitor Information facilities in partnership with county, cities and private institutions
  • A VIC enhances the visitor experience, promotes overnight stays and increases tourism and economic impact to the area (Visit Florida reports that individuals who stop at their Welcome Centers, stay on an average of one extra day)
  • The lack of a central Visitor Information Center (VIC) was highlighted as a destination challenge in the PBC Community Brand Assessment report
  • The A1A Visitor Information Center is located in the downtown district of Delray Beach at the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and A1A and the beach area is the crown jewel of the City and currently undergoing master plan improvements

The DDA Board of Directors along with City Staff support, voted to invest into the enhancements and improvements to this very important facility.

Project Scope of Services

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is partnering with the City of Delray Beach on the renovation of the building interior and minor exterior changes.  The project is in collaboration with the City of Delray Beach as they own the property and the DDA manages the center.  The center is located at 2 S Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL.   The architectural plans have been completed by Roy Simon, AIA. Contractor services are being requested to oversee the project, perform certain required services and the city services that have been secured directly by the city. 

Scope of Work:

The Successful Proposer will provide labor, supervision, equipment, parts and supplies as outlined in the Outline of Services for the Visitor Information Center located at 2 S. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach. The contractor will oversee all services need not only the ones provided by the Contractor.   Attached are the architectural plans that includes the project description and the outlined the services that will be provided by or covered by the City and the services covered by the DDA. 

Click here to view the list of services being requested to handle by the Contractor and the services being handled by the City of Delray Beach.

A proposal of costs and services is requested to be sent to the DDA by March 31, 2017. 

Send proposal to the DDA office by email to Lsimon@downtowndelraybeach.com