West Palm Beach’s Clematis Streetscape Project Receives Unanimous Approval, Will Begin This Summer

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by Holly Gambrell Mar 02, 2018 04:50 PM

The Clematis Streetscape project, which was met with a lot of debate and anticipation, has officially been approved to begin construction in June.

The project was unanimously approved by the West Palm Beach City Commission on Feb. 24, and will make improvements to West Palm Beach’s oldest street, Clematis Street.

Improvements will include expanded sidewalk space, addition of shade trees and more narrow traffic lanes. The project’s goals include an increase in safety, walkability, economic development, public health and sustainability. 

The city also has the goal of shortening the project’s construction schedule to minimize disruption to Clematis Street merchants. 

The approved design will increase “people” space by nearly 18 percent. People space reduces the priority given to cars, reallocating the shared public space for shade trees and expanded sidewalks. The Clematis Street sidewalks will be expanded from 9 feet to 12 feet and the street will become curbless.

Parking will take priority, however, and 12 spaces will be available on the 300 block. In addition, the project managers are proposing updated materials for paving and barrier structures with heat absorption, maintenance, longevity and aesthetics in mind. 

The project will begin in June on the 300 block and construction is expected to be completed by October. Additional blocks will be scheduled for improvements in the future. 

See below for renderings of what Clematis Street will look like once the project is completed:

For more information on Clematis Streetscape, visit wpb.org/clematisstreetscape.

Renderings courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach

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