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Office, hotel, bank proposed on Quadrille and Gardenia site

Development news: Office, hotel, bank are envisioned at mixed-use site at corner of Quadrille and Gardenia

The project, currently called “The Cosmopolitan”, is in early approval stages and still must go before the Downtown Action Committee for approval. The site, zoned Quadrille Garden District 10(30), is part of a recently created subdistrict which allows for additional development capacity and height if certain conditions are met, as well as the possibility of being granted reduced or free city-owned transfers of development rights (TDRs). The proposal calls for 206 hotel rooms and over 110,000 square feet of office use, as well as just under 5,000 square feet for a bank.

 

2015-11-04 21_39_39-15-818US_CosmopolitanWPB_SitePlanApproval_2015-09-16.pdf - Adobe AcrobatCurrent buildings on the development site include Eaton Fine Art and Russo’s Subs, which must be demolished to make way for the project. Occupying the southeast corner of the block, Vital Printing is not on the current set of plans, but we’ve heard this may be changing and the developer will likely assemble the entire half block.

 

Street view of corner of Quadrille and Gardenia:

 


At this stage, I would encourage interested citizens and advocates to pay particular attention to the ground floor details of the current plans. Be aware, these plans are preliminary and could change substantially. As we learn more, we’ll consider the design of this project from a walkability and public realm standpoint and provide opinion. To see details of ground level site plan, click image below.

 

Renderings of the project are below.

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New DDA landscaper working on Clematis Street

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The new DDA landscaper, Scott Lewis Gardening & Trimming, is at work on the 200 block.
I’m proud to have served on the RFP review committee to select the new landscaper contract. The DDA listened to the input of the residents and I’m confident the landscaping on Clematis and Rosemary is going to be noticeably improved.

Expect the biggest improvements to happen after Moonfest, but already there are noticeable improvements as aGuyonClematis has pointed out!

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Have you noticed something different about Quadrille Boulevard this morning?

Crosswalks on Quadrille

Crosswalks on Quadrille

Last night, construction crews barricaded the west side of Quadrille to paint new crosswalk striping and faux-brick treatment on several crosswalks. The Quadrille Boulevard enhancement project follows from a written strategy in the downtown master plan (DMP) to create more linear parks in the downtown.

From the DMP:

PRINCIPLE 5:

Create a comprehensive strategy for parks and open space to make linear connections to neighborhoods.

While the Downtown has a linear system of beautiful parks along the Intercoastal Waterway, there are very few additional open spaces in other parts of the District. There is also a significant lack of green streetscapes because most streets are too narrow to accommodate sufficient landscaping. This overall absence of green impacts the Downtown’s quality of life and has somewhat hindered its ability to attract new population and appeal to the current residents. Green and green spaces are critical components of successful urban places because they enhance a pedestrian’s outdoor experience and promote pedestrian mobility with additional shade, protection from the elements,

John Nolen, the original town planner for West Palm Beach, recognized this important role of open space when he designed a central spine of vegetation along Clematis Street, anchored on either end by major green spaces.

Although his vision was only partially realized, the overall intent can still be achieved through a variety of larger green strategies:

1. Create a linear green park parallel to the FEC rail line.

2. Identify locations for pocket parks especially in the residential districts.

3.  Activate existing open spaces.

4.  Develop new street sections based on a hierarchy of primary, secondary, and tertiary streets.

5. Utilize City owned lands to create better gateways into the Downtown especially on the Tent and Triangle sites.

6. Develop open space requirements for each new development.