Growth for a New Day.
Pride in a Past Preserved.
Conceived by the citizens and the City of Delray Beach, the Downtown Delray Beach Master Plan is a collaborative effort and unified vision for the future growth of the downtown area.
The Downtown Master Plan provides a framework for:
- sparking development and investment in private land and public infrastructure
- preserving the City's heritage and village-like character
- enhancing its livability, inclusiveness, and sense of unity
- maintaining its architectural and urban design quality
In short, it charts a course for growing into the future while evoking the charms of the past every step along the way.
The Downtown Master Plan has won numerous awards for serving as a national model on how to promote cultural and economic opportunity through diversity.
West Atlantic Neighborhood
A Vision for the West Atlantic Neighborhood
The Downtown Delray Beach Master Plan includes the West Atlantic Neighborhood, with a Vision that supports:
- Creation of a distinctive gateway feature that welcomes visitors and identifies the West Atlantic area as the entrance to downtown Delray Beach
- New development with buildings fronting the street and parking in the rear
- Affordable housing to minimize displacement of residents
- Strategies for maintaining affordable rental rates and purchase prices on commercial properties to support locally owned businesses
- Revitalization of NW/SW 5th Avenue, with the creation of a public plaza at the Atlantic Avenue intersection
- Neighborhood pocket parks to provide quiet retreats for relaxing and unwinding outdoors
- Continued beautification of Atlantic Avenue with installation of attractive medians, shade trees, and pedestrian amenities
A Vision for the Central Core District
The Downtown Delray Beach Master Plan includes the Central Core District, with a Vision that supports:
- Year-round, self-sustaining downtown business activity that is enhanced by, but not dependent on, visitors and tourists
- Increased residential densities to encourage downtown living in a variety of housing types that support local businesses and add value and architectural character to the area
- Redevelopment of side streets to create more opportunities for small businesses to thrive
- Strategically designed and conveniently located parking that serves both private business and the public
- Creation of a more pedestrian-friendly environment along the two Federal Highways as they enter downtown from the north and south with wider sidewalks, decreased speeds and enhanced beautification
- Improving traffic flow by converting both of the one-way pair of "bypass" streets (SE 1st Street & NE 1st Street) into two-way traffic
- Expansion of the Old School Square campus to include a 2-acre urban park and a 550-space public parking garage
- Infill development in the Pineapple Grove area that includes mixed use structures with a "Floribbean" character
A Vision for the Beach District
The Downtown Delray Beach Master Plan includes the Beach District, with a Vision that supports:
- Pedestrian-friendly surroundings enhanced by shops and restaurants within buildings that are located close to the sidewalk, with parking in the rear
- Wide sidewalks along A-1-A adjacent to the business district
- Safer crossing for pedestrians with the installation of a median on Atlantic Avenue between Gleason Street and A-1-A
- Conveniently located parking facilities that can be shared by public and private users