“This has been a priority for several commissions for years,” LaVerriere said. “It will have its impact through the rest of the community.”
It’ll encompass 16.5 acres from Boynton Beach Boulevard to Southeast Second Avenue and from Seacrest Boulevard to Northeast First Street.
The historic high school, which has been vacant for years and badly decayed, is expected to serve as a central hub of activity. Additional construction plans are scheduled to be presented to city commissioners in November.
The city’s moving forward has been a lightning rod for development elsewhere, according to LaVerriere.
In recent months, developers have shown a renewed interest in a 4.5-acre tract of undeveloped, city-owned property in the heart of Boynton.
The city’s redevelopment agency board on Tuesday rejected a deal to build affordable housing for seniors on the Ocean Breeze East site, partly because of last-minute interest in the land from more developers.
An original proposal, pushed by St. John Missionary Baptist Church and Roundstone Development, had requested about $10 million of the city’s money to help build the housing, officials said.
In rejecting the deal, the city said other proposals would be a more efficient use of taxpayer money. City officials are optimistic that whatever ultimately results on the site will be a welcome change from the long-empty lot.
Meanwhile, neighboring businesses are excited for the positive changes downtown development could bring.