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West Palm Planning Board to review development blueprint

City wants to upgrade blighted Currie Park area with mixed-use projects

July 14, 2014 01:30PM

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Jon Ward

Jon Ward

The West Palm Beach Planning Board is expected to listen to proposals on a development blueprint for the area around the city’s waterfront Currie Park during Tuesday’s meeting.

Proposed amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan would authorize zoning changes for the 65-acre area along the Intracoastal Waterway north of downtown West Palm Beach. Jon Ward, the head of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, is pitching condos, offices, restaurants and shops around the park. The new development would connect the park to the Northwood neighborhood.

The 11.3-acre Currie Park has become a magnet for criminal activity and the homeless population, according to the Palm Beach Post.

City commissioners have the final say with the proposed comprehensive plan amendments. They are expected to vote on the changes in a few months. [Palm Beach Post]Eric Kalis

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