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WEST ATLANTIC AREA NEEDS ASSESSMENT COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SUMMARY DELRAY BEACH FLORIDA October 2012 Prepared for

West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC)

Facilitated by

Greg Vann Buckle & Associates, APA Charter Member (1978) Supported & Sponsored by

SW NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE  

NW N NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE  


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition would like to express thanks to the following for their participation and contribution to the West Atlantic Community Workshop Process:

Florida House of Representatives District 88 State Representative Elect Bobby Powell

Palm Beach County Commission District 7, Priscilla Taylor Gladys Whigham

City of Delray Beach Commissioner Tom Carney, Commissioner Angeleta Gray

Village Academy School Principal Guarn Sims

Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Commissioner Bill Branning

Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority Chairman Seabron Smith

Southwest Neighborhood Alliance President Ann Stacey-Wright

Northwest Neighborhood Alliance President Joycelyn Patrick

Waste Management Ellen Smith, Government and Community Affairs Manger

Neighborhood Advisory Council Spady Cultural Heritage Museum Habitat for Humanity Coalition for Black Student Achievement (CBSA) Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Delray Beach Community Land Trust Delray Beach Housing Authority Center for Technology Enterprise & Development (Ted Center) Donnie’s Place Southern/Soul Restaurant Professional Facilitators Dale Adams, Michael Brady, Greg Buckle, Paul Skyers, Mary Smith, Lynn Solomon, Paul White


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 Methodology Overview – Workshop Agenda …………..

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 Team Assessment ……………………………………….

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 General Conclusion ……………………………………..

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 Recommendations ………………………………………

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 Appendix ……………………………………………….. o Workshop Participants

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o WARC History and Mission Statement o Community Redevelopment Area Map o West Atlantic Area Maps o Workshop Professional Facilitators


METHODLOGY OVERVIEW On September 8, 2012 the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) spearheaded a Needs Assessment Workshop for the West Atlantic Corridor and adjacent northwest and southwest neighborhoods. The workshop was well attended by a diverse crosssection of 75 participants which included elected officials, CRA staff, City staff, developers, business owners, community leaders and residents. All parties were interested in hearing the citizens speak about the needs of the West Atlantic Community. The WARC Board Chairman, Reginald Cox, opened the workshop and stated that over the past year he has attended many southwest and northwest neighborhood associations’ meetings and had many discussions about the objectives that were identified in the various plans related to West Atlantic Avenue over the last twenty five years. He asked the question, “What have we learned over the last twenty years?” He stressed the importance of collecting a shared vision for the future development of the West Atlantic Community. The purpose of the workshop was to start the review and reaffirmation process for the vision by identifying the current and future needs of the West Atlantic Community. The primary goal of the workshop was to build a better relationship among the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition, Residents, Property Owners, and Business Owners with the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). After explaining the goals of the workshop and introductions, Mr. Cox turned the meeting over to the lead facilitator, Mr. Greg Vann Buckle. Mr. Buckle introduced his facilitation team and provided an overview of the workshop process and the ground rules for participation. The participants were divided into four teams that were headed by two professionals. One professional served as a team facilitator and the other served as recorder. The participants were asked to immediately break out into groups according to the numbers that were prewritten on the back of each agenda. The groups spent the next forty-five minutes discussing, identifying and prioritizing the needs of the community. The next forty-five minute phase of the workshop, each team presented their findings to the entire group. Mr. Buckle turned the workshop back over to Mr. Cox who gave closing remarks and reminded all participants that the WARC Board will use the input to reassess WARC’s goals and pursue a 2013 Strategic Plan. Many participants continued their discussions during lunch and pledged to continue to support the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition in the efforts to move the West Atlantic Community forward.

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TEAM ONE ASSESMENT: Facilitator: Michael Brady

Recorder: Mary Smith

COMMUNITY NEEDS IDENTIFIED 1.

Grocery Store w/ fresh produce

2.

Copy Center

3.

Market/Supermarket

4.

Bank

5.

Park/Playground

6.

Restaurant (Family Style) (Sit Down)

7.

Higher Learning Facilities

8.

Health Clinics/Urgent Care/Doctor Offices

9.

Signs-Street

10. Sidewalks 11. Public Transportation- Buses, Shuttles extend to side streets. 12. Less Green Space 13. Community Policing/Substation 14. Make Shops Walkable 15. Lounge, Music/Dancing 16. Get it done

TEAM ONE TOP FOUR PRIORITIES #1 Grocery Store #2 Community Policing/Substations #3 Health Clinics/Urgent Care/Doctor Offices #4 Bank/Financial Institution 3  


TEAM TWO ASSESMENT: Facilitator: Lynn Solomon, P.A.

Recorder: Dale Adams

COMMUNITY NEEDS IDENTIFIED 1.

Supermarket

2.

Bank

3.

Hotel

4.

Doctors Office

5.

Family Restaurant

6.

Ethnic Restaurant

7.

Drug Store

8.

Medical Clinic/Wellness Center

9.

Walkable Accessible Neighborhood

TEAM TWO TOP FOUR PRIORITIES #1 Supermarket #2 Medical Clinic/Wellness Center #3 Banking/Financial Institutions #4 Family Restaurant

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TEAM THREE ASSESMENT: Facilitator: Paul White

Recorder: Ellen Smith

COMMUNITY NEEDS IDENTIFIED 1. Supermarket 2. Healthcare Facility 3. Pharmacy 4. Cafe 5. Restaurant 6. Neighborhood Park 7. Retail Shops 8. Art/Cultural Center 9. 5th Ave needs to be included (Historic) 10. More Street Lighting 11. Child Care Facilities 12. Bus Shelters 13. Job Fairs/Job Training/Work Force Alliance 14. Elder Care 15. Youth Mentoring 16. Higher Police Visibility 17. More Public Transportation 18. Planned Events in Park 19. Theatres, Play, Movie Theatre, Entertainment Complex 20. Infrastructure-Stormwater 21. Additional Streetscape 22. Activities for Youth 23. Support for new and existing small business 24. Requirement for developers to hire local.

TEAM THREE TOP FOUR PRIORITIES #1 #2 #3 #4

Supermarket Youth Mentoring Requirement for Developers to Hire Local Pharmacy 5  


TEAM FOUR ASSESMENT:   Facilitator/Recorder: Paul Skyers COMMUNITY NEEDS IDENTIFIED 1. Bike path throughout neighborhood 2. Hotel 3. Preserve existing homes and add rental units 4. Entertainment and hospitality cluster/Theatre/Jazz Club 5. Streetscape transition from gateway into neighborhoods 6. Bowling Alley 7. Game Room/Youth Club 8. Restaurant/Sports Bar 9. More Public Parking 10. Creative Arts Complex 11. Assisted Living Facility/Nursing Home/Senior Center 12. Smooth Transition Commercial to Residential Uses 13. Alleyway Improvements 14. Supermarket 15. Bank 16. Workforce Assistance 17. Post Office 18. Walkable Access to Good and Services 19. Retail Shops 20. Quality Infrastructure 21. Pharmacy 22. Medical Clinic

TEAM FOUR TOP FOUR PRIORITIES #1 Hotel #2 Supermarket #3 Entertainment and hospitality cluster (Theatre/Jazz Club) #4 Alleyway Improvements

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GENERAL CONCLUSIONS As stated in the overview, the presence of 75 participants and multiple stakeholder groups have shown the continued desire to move West Atlantic forward twenty years after Visions West Atlantic 2003. The overwhelming consensus among all stakeholders is that the time has come to satisfy the basic needs and services of the West Atlantic Community. Team responses have been compiled below to show the top four priority needs based on reoccurrence: 

Supermarket/Grocery Store

Health/Wellness Facilities/Pharmacy

Bank/Financial Institution

Entertainment and Hospitality cluster (Theatre, Jazz Club, Restaurants)

Many participants, who were also involved in the Visions West Atlantic workshop in 1993, stated that these particular uses have continued to rank high within all the development plans over the last twenty years. To revitalize the economy in the West Atlantic Community it is vital that the above mentioned facilities are prioritized for development. The West Atlantic Community wants what any other neighborhood wants for its area: 

To reduce crime and vandalism

To create a good image

To have access to goods and services

To have an improved quality of life

To have pride in their community and cultural preservation

To enhance the beauty of the neighborhoods

To attract new businesses

To raise property values, and

To host a healthy and sustainable economy

The West Atlantic Avenue business and residential community has shown its continued interest in moving forward through its participation in the workshop process. All teams felt that a unified front is necessary for future planning and development considerations along West Atlantic Avenue. The SW and NW neighborhoods want to be included, from formulation through implementation, and not overlooked when it comes to building their community.

“The Challenge: If Not Now, When?” 7  


RECOMMENDATIONS The West Atlantic Redevelopment Community Leadership Team should consider the following recommendations moving forward: 1. Restore the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) as the primary liaison for redevelopment of the West Atlantic Avenue Corridor and the adjacent neighborhoods. This includes: A.

Developing a strategic plan for the WARC to include details on the communication process with all stakeholders.

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Identifying and partnering with other organizations to implement the plan.

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Integrating the plan with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as the CRA’s Redevelopment & Work Plans.

2. Establish an ad-hoc committee that will develop the area block-by-block with a focus on contiguous development. 3. Focus on prioritizing basic community service development and providing businesses that focus on a broader target market for a balanced equation for success. 4. Develop a marketing strategy and incentives that will attract desired development. 5. Preserve historical and cultural heritage of the area by encouraging community engaged development. 6. Research, identify and visit other communities with similar demographics that have been successful in providing basic service redevelopment. 7. Seek commitment (buy-in) of all stakeholders through transparency, setting clear goals with a realistic timeframe and a solid communication plan. 8. Establish a national public relations campaign to attract and create a dialogue with high profile entrepreneurs who are interested in investing in businesses that provide for cultural diversity, empowerment and local job creation.

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A P P E N D I X o Workshop Participants o WARC History and Mission Statement o Community Redevelopment Area o West Atlantic Area Maps o Workshop Professional Facilitators

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WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS 1.

Rita L. Titus

Resident

2.

Nancy Johnson

Resident

3.

Mike Williams

Habitat for Humanity

4.

Michael Malone

DB Chamber

5.

Gladys Whigham

District 7 Comm. Priscilla Taylor

6.

Sean Jones

Developer

7.

Jeff Perlman

Resident

8.

Diane Colonna

CRA

9.

Beulah Rutherford

Resident

10.

Willie William

Resident

11.

Anna M. Rose

Resident

12.

Betty Goodman

Delray Beach Heights/SWN Alliance

13.

Gary Goldfarb

Business

14.

Ed Walker

Resident

15.

Marjorie Ferrer

DDA

16.

Mark Bruck

Habitat for Humanity

17.

Diane Franco

DDA

18.

Charlene Jones

Spady Museum

19.

Vera Farrington

EPOCH

20.

Mary Wright

NW Neighborhood

21.

Ellen Smith

Waste Management

22.

Jennifer Costello

City of Delray

23.

Patricea Nelson

Resident

24.

Francesca Mallows

SWN Alliance

25.

Kevin Rickard

New Urban Communities    


WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS 26.

Brandy Bostwick

SWN Alliance

27.

Alice Finst

Resident

28.

Dorothy Ellington

DB Housing Authority

29.

Josh Smith

Resident

30.

Bill Branning

CRA

31.

Andre Parke

Sachs Sax Caplan

32.

Seabron A. Smith

TED Center

33.

Evelyn Dobson

DB CLT

34.

Rudean Cartwright-Willam

Resident

35.

LaTanzia Jackson

CBSA

36.

Andrew Ramsey

Resident

37.

Lisa McMiller

SWN Alliance

38.

Jessica Rove

Resident

39.

Vlad Dumitrescu

Business Owner

40.

Teresa Frazier

Resident

41.

Lynn Solomon

Facilitator

42.

Nigel Roberts

City

43.

Greg Buckle

Facilitator

44.

Dale Adams

Facilitator

45.

Cory Cassidy

Resident

46.

Patti Buehler

Resident

47.

Alfred Straghn

WARC, Business

48.

Patricia Wright

WARC, Resident

49.

Even Jules

Bethel Church

50.

Vincent Nolan

CRA

51.

Ele Zachariades

Sachs Sax Caplan

 


WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS 52.

Celestine H. Cartwright

Resident

53.

Tom Carney

City Commission

54.

Gail-Lee McDermott

DB NAC

55.

Otis Payne

Resident

56.

Jan P.

Resident

57.

Joycelyn B. Patrick

NWN Alliance

58.

L. Walker

Resident

59.

Peter Perri

WARC

60.

Ann Stacey-Wright

SWN Alliance

61.

Bobby Powell

State Rep. Elect

62.

Traniesce Willis

Resident

63.

Lena Wallace

Resident

64.

Kenya Spear

Resident

65.

Angeleta Gray

City Commission

66.

Henry Williams

NW Neighborhood

67.

Elain W.

Resident

68.

Paula N. Rocker

Resident

69.

Tim Hernandez

New Urban Comm.

70.

Rosetta Rolle

Resident/NW Neighborhood

71.

Guarn Sims

Village Academy

72.

Margie Walden

WARC

73.

Chuck Ridley

Resident - NW/SW Alliance

74.

Samuel Spear

WARC

75.

Kristyn Cox-Goodwin

CRA/WARC

 


WARC HISTORYAND MISSION

OFFICERS   REGINALD A. COX, RA, MBA, CBO, CHAIR  REGINALD A. COX & ASSOCIATES, INC.  rcox@reginaldacox.com   JIMMY WEATHERSPOON, VICE‐CHAIR   PALM BEACH COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE  weat6347@bellsouth.net   MARGIE WALDEN, SECRETARY  EXECUTIVE VP, ALLIANCE OF DELRAY  mjwalden1@bellsouth.net   PETER PERRI, TREASURER  OWNER, PJB, LLC  bpjppp@aol.com

DIRECTORS  ALFRED STRAGHN  OWNER, STRAGHN & SON FUNERAL HOME    SHARON BURKE  MONTAGE DIVERSITY CONSULTANTS, LLC  sburke@montageeducation.com   ALAN KORNBLAU  DIRECTOR, DELRAY BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY  alan.kornblau@delraylibrary.org   SAMUEL SPEAR JR.  OWNER, SPEAR‐SYSTEMS, INC.  sam@spear-systems.com   PATRICIA WRIGHT  HOA PRESIDENT,CARVER MEMORIAL  PARK  sunshinep57@yahoo.com     KRISTYN COX‐GOODWIN, ADMINISTRATOR  CRA PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR  coxk@mydelraybeach.com      

We, the Board of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition want to personally thank you for being a part of the WARC Community Workshop on Needs Assessment for the West Atlantic Area. This workshop was called so that we, the stakeholders of this community, can come together to review the visions we’ve collected and shared, weigh them against today’s plans and develop strategies to continue and/or reassess those visions. WARC is here to open the doors for communication between one another: public and private, resident and visitor, property owner and business owner. After a 1988 redevelopment strategy for the West Atlantic area was abandoned due to an outline of substantial demolition and displacement of residents and businesses, in 1993, the CRA organized the first phase of a community planning effort by inviting numerous community members to a series of meetings to discuss the concept of a West Atlantic Redevelopment Plan. These meetings resulted in the organization of a larger community based Steering Committee whose initial charge of was to develop a process and strategy for the planning effort. The Steering Committee participants referred to themselves as stakeholders in the resulting process which was termed "Visions West Atlantic". "Visions West Atlantic" was a forum for a series of community meetings held over a two-year period that ultimately produced recommendations concerning redevelopment issues for West Atlantic Avenue. These recommendations form the backbone of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Plan, which was adopted by the City in 1995. The community "visions meetings" recognized that the need to facilitate the redevelopment of West Atlantic Avenue could not stop with completion of the plan. After a series of discussions, the group established the need for oversight and a full time staff person to implement the plan. The West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization created in 1996, as a result of the vision meetings, to advise the CRA and City on redevelopment issues in the area. WARC exists to ensure that the West Atlantic Corridor is completely redeveloped and that this redevelopment is consistent with the wishes and desires of the surrounding neighborhoods. The Mission of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) is to serve as a vehicle for community redevelopment, linking the resources of the public and private sector to advocate for the improvement of the economic, social and cultural future of the businesses and neighborhoods surrounding West Atlantic Avenue. Over the last 15 years the West Atlantic Corridor has achieved successful public and private projects such as Atlantic Grove and the Municipal Library; however, redevelopment along the West Atlantic Corridor still lags behind other successful initiatives found on East Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove (NE 2nd Avenue). This Community Workshop is designed to identify and address barriers to the redevelopment along the West Atlantic Corridor and how WARC can continue to be the liaison between the Community’s Voice and the Organization’s Plan. The forum will be facilitated by professional planners assembled by WARC with the role of helping our community develop a shared vision and action steps required for complete redevelopment in this area of need. Again, thank you for your attendance and we look forward to working with you today, tomorrow, and in the future.

Sincerely,

Your 2012 WARC Board


COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA

 


WEST ATLANTIC AVENUE CORRIDOR AERIAL

WEST ATLANTIC AVENUE CORRIDOR CURRENT PARTIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP

 


NW/SW NEIGHBORHOOD AREA MAP

 


WORKSHOP PROFESSIONAL FACILITATORS Greg Vann Buckle Vann Buckle Planning Consulting is a Land Planning and Design firm in Southeast Florida working with a network of associates for 41 years. Vann Buckle has dealt with tremendous growth by assisting builders, realtors, developers and neighborhoods in coping with increasingly complex land utilization and controls.

Paul Skyers Mr. Skyers provides technical financial assistance to public and private clients in the areas of loan packaging, business planning, procurement assistance and management/marketing.

Mary Smith Mrs. Smith is a licensed realtor and home designer, bringing knowledge, energy and enthusiasm from start to completion to each transaction.

Lynn Solomon Ms. Solomon, Attorney at Law, has worked on housing strategies and land use issues throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties.

Dale Adams Mr. Adams is a civil engineer designer, land planner and project manager with 30 years experience in the South Florida area.

Michael Brady For more than 20 years Mr. Brady has used his experience in Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Team Management to achieve public consensus.

Paul White Mr. White has a 30-year career in City Management in Ohio, Georgia and Florida. Mr. White is adept at steering organizations through difficult financial challenges.

 

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