Downtown Business Core
Ideal User size: 1,000 SF to 40,000 SF Office
Compatible Industry Clusters
The Downtown Business Core is ideal for Corporate Headquarters, facilities that support international, national or regional operations for mature companies with distributed operations and centralized strategic management activities.
Desirable Industry Clusters are:
The Downtown Business Core runs along a two-mile long commercial & entertainment spine, Atlantic Avenue, from the I-95 Interchange over the Intracoastal Waterway to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
With a strong concentration of restaurants, retail establishments, art galleries, hotels, and cultural organizations, the downtown is also the home to the South County Courthouse, City Hall, and the international tennis stadium.
1. Atlantic Plaza II includes 106,000 SF of Class A office space and 132,000 SF of retail/restaurant space. The project is currently being updated to reflect changes in the marketplace and will undergo a a review of their entitlements. The developers anticipate construction to begin in early 2013.
2. Kolter Commercial LLC is bringing Hyatt Place to the Pineapple Grove Arts District. Construction of the 130 room hotel begain in late 2011, and completion is scheduled for August 2012.
3. Prime Delray Hotel LLC is planning a 100+ room hotel of the Fairfield Inn variety on Atlantic Avenue just East of I-95. The hotel project is the result of an RFP issued by the Delray Beach CRA in 2011, on land assembled over time by the CRA. The project involves numerous incentives provided by the CRA to the developers.
The following descriptions are intended as a summary of the basic land development and zoning regulations that are applicable in each district shown on the accompanying map as of 12-17-08. They do not include all applicable regulations. Complete development standards can be accessed at www.mydelraybeach.com
This Downtown Business Core is primarily zoned CBD (Central Business District), which promotes a balanced mix of uses (retail, offices, service-related uses, restaurants, and residential) that will help the area evolve into a traditional, self-sufficient downtown. Other zoning districts include: the OSSHAD (Old School square Historic Arts District), which is applied along the Swinton Avenue corridor; CF (Community Facilities), which incorporates the municipal tennis stadium and other governmental uses along W. Atlantic Avenue; and, the CBD-RC (Central Business District Railroad Corridor), adjacent to the FEC railroad where limited light industrial uses are also allowed in addition to the uses allowed in the CBD. The development regulations promote compact urban development with reduced setbacks and design standards to minimize the building massing (stepping back) and encourage quality building design. Reduced parking requirements and alternative methods to address parking are available to stimulate economic activity and investment.
Residential development is permitted at higher densities in this area than typically provided in other parts of the city, in order to foster compact, pedestrian-oriented growth that will support downtown businesses. In the Central Core up to 30 units per acre are permitted with increases above 30 units allowed subject to Conditional Use approval.
Within the West Atlantic Neighborhood densities up to 12 units per acre are permitted with increases up to 30 units per acre allowed as a conditional use. Within the Beach District, up to 12 units per acre are permitted. Increases in density require that 20% of the units above the maximum permitted density are Workforce Housing units.
Within the Downtown Business Core, building height up to 48 feet is permitted; however, within the Central Core portion of this District, increase in height up to 60 feet are allowed as a conditional use subject to the criteria outlined in Section 4.3.4 (J) and the Workforce Housing Ordinance. It is noted increases above 48 feet are not permitted within 150 feet of properties that are limited to 35 feet in height.