UPDATE: The City Commission has chosen to work with E2L Real Estate Solutions in redeveloping the Town Square area. They did not vote on any designs or site plans.
Check back Wednesday for a full story.
ORIGINAL POST: Boynton Beach could be one step closer Tuesday night to redeveloping about 17 acres of land adjacent to Boynton Beach Boulevard east of Interstate 95 in a public-private partnership to build a downtown.
The Town Square area is four blocks and includes the old high school, City Hall, the library, the city’s arts amenities, and the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center.
At Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. City Commission meeting, the elected officials will choose whether to move forward with E2L Real Estate Solutions to work with in a public/private partnership.
The City put out a request for qualifications for the Town Square project and received four proposals in November. The city created an evaluation committee which consisted of: City Manager Lori LaVerriere, Interim CRA Executive Director Mike Simon; Director of Development Andrew Mack; Director of Public Works Jeff Livergood; Chair of CRA Advisory Board Linda Cross; and Planning and Development Board Member Ryan Wheeler.
The committee evaluated the plans, and ranked them with the top three being: Boynton Vision; E2L Real Estate Solutions; and MCC, LLC. Commissioners approved the rankings in January, sending the committee back to come up with the best option. The three companies presented their plans in late March, and the committee chose E2L Real Estate Solutions of Winter Park as the best option.
Here are parts of the company’s proposed plan, which includes parks, pedestrian walkways and connectivity:
- New city hall: three stories, 30,000 square feet with ground level retail of 5,000 square feet
- Historic high school renovation: 28,536 square feet, two stories with 3,000 square feet of ground level retail
- Residential apartments: 230 units, eight stories and 224 units, eight stories
- Assisted living facility: 144 units, five stories
- Townhomes: 10, two stories
- Hotel: six stories 120 units with 14,000-square-feet of ground-level retail, and four stories of parking
- New police department: On High Ridge Road
- New fire station 1: On Northeast First Street