Road Diet and Zoning Changes Create New Direction for Corridor

RMA Redevelopment Management Associates –

The Broadway Corridor in West Palm Beach has had a reputation as a high-crime area. To transform this blighted neighborhood for the better, the Northwood/Pleasant City CRA, managed by RMA, is envisioning changes to the corridor. One of the key initial strategies being implemented is a road diet with updates to the Land Development Regulations along the Broadway Corridor.

In April 2014, RMA worked with the community to develop a vision for the North End of the City.  From this process it was determined that inconsistent land development patterns along with a high-speed, multi-lane roadway were two essential factors that needed addressed in the struggle for redeveloping the Broadway Corridor.

“Creating a more complete street and addressing all forms of transportation will help to change the character of the corridor,” explained Allison Justice, RMA’s Director of Operations.  “Slowing traffic allows for more eyes on the street which will benefit businesses and will improve walkability, allowing pedestrians and bikers to access the redeveloped community.”

RMA has teamed with road-diet expert Rick Hall to coordinate the plan and confer with the Florida Department of Transportation regarding the process.

“Our goal is to transform the area with multi-family residential buildings and community-based businesses,” said Justice. “Re-configuring the road as well as updating the zoning is the first part of a multi-year plan.”

One of the biggest challenges of this initial phase of redevelopment is creating land development regulations that support the historic neighborhoods to the east and west of the Broadway Corridor. In order to accomplish this, the RMA Urban Design and Planning team will meticulously study each block to determine how to successfully support business development, while improving the neighborhoods.

“Our focus is to create stable adjacent neighborhoods,” she said. “In order to do that, we will be working with the residents to educate them about the process of creating a new, vibrant community, one filled with improved opportunities to live and work.”