Congress Corridor Business District
Ideal User size: 40,000 SF to over 100,000 SF Office
Targeted Industry Clusters
As a result, this 4-mile long district has direct transportation connection with the Scripts and Max Planck Institutes to the north of our county, with international airports, seaports, and the core of the three major South Florida cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. The Congress Corridor Business District is adjacent to the successful scientific, technology and professional industry clusters off Yamato Road in neighboring Boca Raton.
Only five miles away from the Florida Atlantic University Campus and from Boca Raton Executive Airport, the Congress Corridor Business District is also adjacent to Downtown Delray Beach, its restaurants, retail, entertainment and events. A City funded shuttle bus, the Downtown Roundabout, offers free transportation from Congress Avenue to the Downtown Business Core.
Many large parcels are available for redevelopment, and the 85 feet allowable building height allows for increased density, mixed-use, and prominent visibility from Interstate I-95.
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 on the City's web site at www.mydelraybeach.com.
This District primarily consists of properties zoned MROC (Mixed Residential, Office and Commercial), south of W. Atlantic Avenue, with primarily industrially-zoned properties (MIC, PCC, I) north of Atlantic Avenue. The MROC encourages stand alone Class A office buildings and mixed-use development within the corridor with commercial or office uses on the ground floor and office or residential uses above while utilizing new urbanism design elements. The uses allowed include general retail, office, research and development, and residential uses. The setbacks range from a minimum of 25 feet to 40 feet when abutting residentially-zoned property. Along Congress Avenue, a 30 feet setback is required.
Multi-family uses ranging in density between 40 and 50 units per acre are permitted subject to development regulations and the provision of Workforce Housing. Within 2,500 feet of the Tri-Rail Station, residential densities up to 50 units per acre are allowed, which reduces to 40 units per acre, when the distance is greater than 2,500 feet of the station.
The maximum building height is 85 feet on parcels of three (3) acres or more, while a maximum of 48 feet is allowed for parcels less than three (3) acres. Increases in height to 60 feet are allowed as a conditional use, subject to 4.3.4(J) of the Land Development Regulations for all property located east of Congress Avenue and west of I-95.
North of Atlantic Avenue, the district accommodates a mix of light industrial, service, office and limited commercial uses. Residential development may be permitted within a designated workforce housing overlay, as per the criteria of the City of Delray Beach Workforce Housing Ordinance. Areas with this designation, located within a workforce housing overlay district, may be developed up to a maximum of 24 units per acre, provided at least 25% of the units are workforce housing units.