West Palm Beach planning board creates new downtown zoning district

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The West Palm Beach Planning Board voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that city commission approve three amendments to the downtown master plan that would create a new zoning district called the Okeechobee Business District.

The vote came after dozens of public comments about plans to build a 25-story office building near the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach called One Flagler.

The planned developer, Related Cos., would build the Class A office tower and spaces at Okeechobee Boulevard and Flagler Drive, behind the site of The Church of Christ Scientist.

“This type of office tower gives us the kind of iconic branding that puts West Palm Beach on the map for companies looking for waterfront Class A apace:” said a lawyer in favor of the project.

“It provides a feeling of enthusiasm and growth for our area and a great branding piece for our waterfront skyline” said a local businessman, “we need that to compete with other waterfront business districts in south Florida”

Many in favor of the idea said the new office space would spur economic growth, create jobs and be good for local shops and restaurants that will support the added foot traffic.

The project has already garnered the approvals of several local commissions and committees including the Associated General Contractors which endorsed the One Flagler Project after a community presentation on the project as well as the Okeechobee Business District.

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