Delray Beach’s historic Old School Square dates back to 1913, and thanks to restoration, has served as the central hub for the city’s cultural arts district for more than 30 years.
Decades ago, the Square’s initial restoration spurred the revitalization of downtown Delray. Now, the City Commission has approved plans to make the jewel of Delray shine even brighter for South Florida.
With input from residents and community leaders, the building and its grounds have been re-imagined and redesigned by a group of architects. The City Commission has approved the new plans, but the project is currently under review by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and must also pass review by the city’s Historic Preservation Board before moving ahead with the revamp.
Old School Square encompasses just over 6 acres of Delray Beach. The new plans will allow a broader pedestrian and visitor appeal by including additional lighting, areas of seating, and abundant amounts of shade.
The Creative Arts School, Cornell Art Museum, Crest Theatre, and the Performance Pavilion, will remain and continue to be integral within the update.
The position of the city’s brand-new, 100-foot-tall, $800,000 Holiday Tree is showcased on the campus at Atlantic and Swinton avenues, a slight relocation from the South entrance.
The wildly popular annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 30.
Old School Square‘s amphitheatre may see a significant upgrade which will accommodate a venue for 2,500 – 3,000 seated ticket holders.
The new plans may include a kid-friendly water feature as well as a central plaza and green market spaces.
Safety features such as bollards will be incorporated into the design. The bollards will prevent vehicles from driving into the pedestrian areas of the square.
The project, once approved, is predicted to take between three and four years to complete.