Big Boom for Boynton Beach: Stores, Parks, and more than 1,000 new places to live!

The Boynton Beach Coastline is preparing to awaken from years of comatose development. Soon residents and visitors will feast their eyes on a downtown bustling with shops, high-rises and more than 1,000 new apartments.
Several multimillion-dollar projects— consisting of multiple hotels and more than 10 apartment/condo buildings that’ll climb from 4 to 10 stories– are all ready in development or intended throughout the southeast part of the city.
 The largest dream materializing is also the most ambitious. The Town Square redevelopment plan, which boasts a resort, shopping, parking garage, condos and apartments, public spaces like parks and amphitheaters, along with a new City Hall and police and fire stations.
Could this finally establish Boynton’s downtown? Organizers are hoping this massive undertaking  finally transforms Boyton’s image of a primarily residential destination to a commercial one, said City Manager Lori LaVerriere. She calls it the city’s “No. 1 priority.”
 The initial phase, revamping the old Boynton Beach High School, could start within the next month after the city recently allocated millions of dollars for it.
Boynton Beach saw its growth stall to a crawl during the Great Recession, when an undesirable market further halted proposals.

“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.


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