Looking ahead to 2017 in Boynton Beach:
1. Town Square: The city is hoping to redevelop 17 acres of land adjacent to Boynton Beach Boulevard east of Interstate 95 in a public-private partnership to build a downtown. Boynton has received four proposals. A committee is reviewing them, and will determine the top three proposals and make a recommendation to the City Commission on Jan. 17 on who should move forward to round two.
Then, the top three will give the committee conceptual plans and financial packages. The committee will review them and score them, and present a recommendation of a winner to the commissioners in March.
2. Riverwalk: Riverwalk Plaza owner Isram Realty is proposing a 10-story waterfront residential building at the former Winn-Dixie site. The living space would be 95 feet with a 100-foot parapet and another architectural feature up to 105 feet. There will be 326 apartments, going for about $2,200 a month, Steven Wherry said on behalf of owner Isram Realty.
Some residents in the surrounding neighborhoods would rather the building, at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway, be four stories.
The majority of city commissioners voted in support of a consolidated plan that would allow buildings up to 100 feet at Federal and Woolbright.
The commission is expected to vote on the Riverwalk project in January.
3. Boynton Beach Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash: The festival is getting bigger and better every year, and it’s one of the things that makes Boynton Beach stand out from the other cities.
It’s usually held around Halloween, and includes pirate reenactments, mermaids, magicians and fairies, activities for children and adults, and live music and food.