The City of Delray Beach, in collaboration with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), are studying ways to improve mobility, quality of life, and economic vitality around the planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link station in downtown Delray Beach. The SFRTA secured a Pilot Planning Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to fund station area planning activities along the planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link Corridor and the City was one of the recipients awarded funding in this endeavor.
The TCRPC will assist the City and SFRTA to coordinate a meaningful public involvement process and conduct an economic development and urban design charrette. The goal is to assist the City and SFRTA in improving transit-oriented development conditions around the planned station to reflect the character of Delray Beach, facilitate future mobility support system ridership. This planning effort is also designed to advance the implementation of “Complete Streets,” which is a local, regional, and national priority to improve transportation facilities in a multi-modal design to provide the best and safest accommodations for all users – motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.
The project area for the Delray Beach Station Area TOD Charrette and Master Plan is focused on, but not limited to, that area in downtown Delray Beach centered around the intersection of the FEC railroad and Atlantic Avenue, extending a half-mile in all directions. This area is generally bound by NE 4th Street to the north, SE 4th Street to the south, NW 5th Avenue to the west, and Venetian Drive to the east. Additional areas may be included when added analyses would benefit the master planning efforts.
Key elements of the Delray Beach Station Area TOD Charrette and Master Plan include:
• The creation of a physical master plan for the anticipated Delray Beach Tri-Rail Coastal Link Station Area, which considers roadway reconfigurations and desirable infill and redevelopment opportunities that support transit-oriented development, advance Complete Streets initiatives, and reflect the community’s vision for the future of the City;
• The development of at least three design scenarios (site plan, architectural illustrations, and financial analyses) for the block adjacent to the proposed station (bounded by E. Atlantic Avenue to the south, NE 3rd Avenue to the West, NE 4th avenue to the East, and NW 1st Street to the north;
• A review of the land use and development regulations in order to recommend improvements and ways to encourage desired redevelopment and business creation;
• The development of a Market Overview which reviews existing market conditions and demographics, and analyzes key market trends within the study area, the City of Delray Beach, and relevant areas within the region;
• A detailed assessment of the current and future vehicular volumes, pedestrian volumes, bicycle volumes, and other non-motorized vehicle volumes on the surrounding roadway and sidewalk network.