The City West Palm Beach Commission on Feb. 26, unanimously approved improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street, including expanding sidewalk space, adding shade trees and narrowing traffic lanes.
Erik Ferguson, P.E., transportation engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, and Allison Justice, senior project manager for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, presented the proposed changes to the commission. The proposal was created by the urban planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners.
The design was a result of community collaboration, including input from Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents and visitors to downtown.
The approved design will increase “people” space by nearly 18 percent. Among the changes, sidewalks will be expanded from 9 feet to 12 feet and the street will become curbless.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all – and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other city streets.”
The project is scheduled to begin renovations in June.
Pictured above: This rendering by Coral Gables-based urban planning firm Dover Kohl & Partners depicts how the sidewalk at the 300 block of Clematis Street will look after improvements are made. The project gets underway in June, and when completed, will increase “people” space by nearly 18 percent. Image courtesy of Dover, Kohl & Partners