Blog

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

 

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:22pm

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Delray Beach's Longstanding Gem  

May 3, 2017

Delray Beach, FL - The Green Owl, a longtime fixture in Downtown Delray Beach, is set to open its doors at the newly built out location at 11 SE 4th Avenue, Delray Beach steps south of Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to future IPic theatre on May 16th at 7:00 am.

The new Green Owl is across the street from the original Green Owl location which has been in business for over 33 years. Dave Gensman, owner/operator of the iconic Green Owl, is excited to show off his new restaurant space to all the locals which have called the Green Owl home.  The new space will feature new kitchen equipment, furnishings, interior design and outdoor patio seating, while still maintaining the "charm" of the Owl with its original owl knickknacks, pictures and paintings.

Menin Development, the owner of the George Buildings, where the former and new Green Owl locations reside, agreed to relocate the Green Owl to the new location calling the Green Owl "a Delray Beach institution".  Menin converted and built out the new restaurant interior and exterior with all the necessary restaurant amenities at its own expense to preserve and ensure the long-term neighborhood restaurant.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Green Owl will be held May 15th at 4 pm and is open to the public. Beginning May 16th, the Green Owl will open its doors for regular business Tuesday thru Saturday 7 am - 2 pm, Sunday 8 am - 1 pm, closed on Monday.

Menin Development, Inc. provides acquisition, development, re-development, leasing and property management services for ‘Class A’ retail and mixed use properties across the U.S. and is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.  Menin Development has acquired and developed more than $1 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Menin has won design accolades for several of its projects, and its properties are known for their design aesthetic and the relationship between properties and the communities they serve. Menin currently operates in South Florida, Phoenix and New Orleans. For more information, please visit:  www.menin.com

 

To learn more about the Green Owl Grand Re-Opening please contact:

Maura Hopkins

Menin Development, Inc.

561.282.5720 office/fax

maura@menin.com

South Florida Business Journal names WOO CREATIVE one of South Florida's coolest office spaces!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:58am

Cool, retro, fun, funky, vibrate and energized are the words that clients and visitors usually say when describing Woo Creative’s office space is located in Downtown Delray. To reach the 2nd floor 2600 square foot space, you must first climb the staircases-flanked by an urban-style spray art wall featuring an ode to ’80’s iconography. 

It’s always fun to see the fresh décor or newest concept that Ryan Boylston, President & Founder of Woo Creative, adds to the space. “We are located so close to the beach, but we wanted mountains too. That was my inspiration behind the office’s rock climbing wall.”

Working in this unique space allows Woo’s creative associates to conceptualize the best designs and campaigns for its clients. Not only is this space home to the Woo Creative team, but it houses the KTCHN, Delray Beach’s first coworking space for local entrepreneurs.

Last week, Woo Creative, was nominated as one of the top 10 coolest office spaces by South Florida Business Journal. This is an honor to be nominated as they receive many submissions each year. They are up against HUGE companies that hired well-known architects and interior designers to design their space.

Woo Creative is one of two companies nominated in Palm Beach County. This is a significant step for small businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups but most of all the community of Delray Beach. It is clear to see that the landscape is definitely changing. Delray Beach is attracting more young professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Woo needs the help of the community to bring the prize home. Vote for Woo Creative at votewoo.com.

Need a quick tour of the space? Check out Woo’s crib here.

Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:25am

THE DELRAY BEACH DDA AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS CELEBRATE MOM WITH THE MOTHER’S DAY ORCHID GIVEAWAY

Delray Beach, FL (April 2017)…Moms are the best so celebrate their special day! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway.  Join us  from May 1-13, 2017 and receive one Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant* with every $200 spent shopping at Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios. Collect your receipts** and pick-up your orchid May 10 - 13th at one of two Orchid Stations located in front of Hands Stationers, 325 E Atlantic Ave. and Petite Connection, 1049  E Atlantic Ave. on Wednesday May 10th, Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday May 13th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enter To Win a Mother's Day Prize Package online from May 1 - May 17, 2017 at DelrayOrchidGiveaway.com (beginning May 1).  Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.   For Orchid Giveaway details visit downtowndelraybeach.com and facebook.com/DelrayDDA, or call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077.

*While supplies last.

**Valid receipts required & must be presented at one of the orchid stations. Receipts (dated May 1 - May 13, 2017) must be from Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios (restaurant receipts are not valid).

 

###

 

Mission
The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

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