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Atlantic Crossing Update: Mixed-Use Destination Readies for Vertical Construction Start

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:32am

$300 Million Atlantic Crossing Mixed-Use Destination Readies for Vertical Construction Start, Announces First Retail/Office Leases

The project will Transform Two City Blocks in Downtown Delray Beach, FL 

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.–October 10, 2019 - Spanning two city blocks, the $300 million Atlantic Crossing mixed-use destination designed to transform the east end of Downtown Delray Beach’s nationally recognized Atlantic Avenue is on track to begin vertical construction by year-end, according to the owner, The Edwards Companies. With the western block’s underground parking garage and infrastructure well underway, the Company announced the start of active leasing with three lead tenants signed for retail and office space that is projected to open beginning in the fourth quarter 2020.

Representing the largest private investment in the City’s history, the venture by Columbus, Ohio-based Edwards Companies is bringing first-of-its-kind high-quality retail and restaurant space (73,000 sf), Downtown’s first Class A office quarters (83,000 sf), and new luxury residences to the heart of the City.

“Atlantic Avenue is nationally known and demand is strong. Our timetable allows us to be selective and to identify “best of class” commercial tenants for the project,” said Edward Companies Vice President Don DeVere. Lead tenant Merrill Lynch will occupy the entire 20,000-sf third floor - half the available office space in the first building - and Chico’s has signed for a 3,150 sf shop fronting Atlantic Ave. The first restaurant tenant, Chicago-based The Hampton Social, a lifestyle experience concept, has leased 8,677 square feet. Several additional tenant prospects are in active negotiations, DeVere said. 

Atlantic Crossing’s nine-acre site has 560 feet of frontage along Atlantic Avenue and is bounded by Federal Highway (US1) to the west and the City’s Veterans Park along the Intracoastal Waterway to the east. The western block is fully financed with a $110 million construction loan and a $45 million preferred equity investment. 

“The Delray market is highly desirable, but has lacked new, high-quality retail and restaurant space with associated parking,” DeVere said. Plus, for the first time, mid- to large companies can locate in Downtown Delray Beach as Atlantic Crossing introduces 20,000 sf floorplates. 

 “Atlantic Crossing is coming online at an exciting turning point,” according to Drew M. Barkett of Strategic Retail Advisors, exclusive retail leasing agent. “Retailers and restaurateurs are looking to ‘High Street’ opportunities, rather than enclosed malls or lifestyle centers.  Atlantic Crossing delivers the authentic sense of place to draw today’s shoppers and diners, and to become the ‘must-see’ spot for out of towners.” 

 Commitments elsewhere in the Downtown by national retailers are validating the market’s appeal, and three new downtown hotels, the state’s largest food hall, and new residential developments are slated for the area.

 Downtown Delray Beach offers “one of the strongest retail scenarios in the country,” according to Robert Gibbs, a nationally known retail consultant and author whose 2017 Shopabilility study found the primary market area can support 434,000 sf of new retail, generating $221 million in retail sales. The study pegged Delray Beach as one of the nation’s Top 10 Downtowns, with the potential to become a Carmel by the Sea or Nantucket. USA Today listed Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue among 10 Great American Shopping Streets (5-5-17), noting that 20,000 people can visit its hundreds of shops and restaurants in a day.  

For retailers, Atlantic Crossing’s demographics are compelling. Total population within five miles is 150,752, and within one mile, average household income tops $100,000. Also, Downtown draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and Atlantic Crossing’s new residents alone are projected to generate more than $6 million in new spending annually

 In line with Downtown Delray’s eclectic feel and walkability, each of Atlantic Crossing’s six buildings of three to five stories has a different architectural design. All parking is hidden, below ground or in a garage wrapped by residences, and convenient valet service is provided. Completion of the first luxury residential residences is anticipated for ­­­­­­­­­2021, with additional park-side residential units added in 2023.

 For more on Atlantic Crossing’s plans, visit www.atlanticcrossingdelray.com.  For retail leasing contact Strategic Retail Advisors, Drew M. Barkett (dbarkett@sraretail.com)954-683-5234 or Steve Friedman (sfriedman@sraretail.com) 954-614-0641. For office leasing, contact CBRE, John Jaspert, (john.jaspert@cbre.com, 561 393-1603) or Jeffrey Kelly, (jeffrey.kelly@cbre.com, 561 393-1621.) 

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Photo 1: Atlantic Crossing’s first building features retail topped by Class A office at Downtown Delray’s “Main & Main” corner, Atlantic Avenue at Federal Hwy. 

Photo 2: With the initial underground parking garage formed, Atlantic Crossing’s western block is slated to begin vertical construction by year-end.

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ATLANTIC CROSSING First Garage Concrete Pour- October 4TH & 5TH 2019 - ROAD CLOSURES

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:31pm

The next stage of construction for the initial underground garage is the concrete pour. In close

coordination with the City and local law enforcement, a plan is in place to safely secure the site

and surrounding area, temporarily re-route traffic, and execute the pour during the overnight

hours to minimize inconvenience for neighbors, nearby businesses and visitors. (Some noise will

be unavoidable - we apologize in advance.)

For safety, police will be staged at key intersections (Atlantic Ave. at NE 6th Ave. and NE 7th Ave.,

and NE 6th Ave. at NE 1st St.) throughout the period of truck movement. During this time, some

traffic will be re-routed. (See map.)

Timeline:

Friday, Oct. 4:

Mid-day: Preparation begins on-site

8-10:30 pm: Road closures begin

All lanes: NE 7th Ave. between Atlantic Ave. and NE 1st St.

1 lane: NE 6th Ave., south of Atlantic Ave.

Northern parking lot (NE 1st St. at NE 7th Ave.) closed

Saturday, Oct. 5:

12:30 am: Concrete pumps begin staging on NE 6th Ave/Federal Hwy., south of Atlantic Ave

1 am to 1 pm: Concrete pour (Projected start time, estimated 12-hour duration)

1-3 pm: Roads re-open, Normal traffic resumes at NE 6th Ave/Atlantic Ave., NE 7th Ave.

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is Hiring!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 4:08pm

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is currently looking for a full-time Program Coordinator. Please see the role description below:

The MISSION of the Organization...

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an innovative, hands-on, taxing authority that is responsible for the health and well being of the historic, resort-like Downtown. The Delray Beach DDA is a model of credibility, professionalism, and productivity generating valued outcomes aligned with the mission. The Mission of the DDA is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

The story of your role. . . as Program Coordinator

As program coordinator, you help shape the story of Downtown Delray Beach and drive the organizations' success in serving its constituents and the community at large. You provide essential support for marketing initiatives, including advertising planning, coordination of the collateral development, assistance with social media and event/program marketing and development. This work also puts you on the front lines with the DDA constituents and downtown customers.

You will be a part of an awesome team with a strong and positive culture. You will be working alongside the Executive Director, the DDA Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, and other DDA team members, agency partners, and the downtown businesses while working closely with the DDA’s external creative team. Your responsibilities will be supporting and executing the goals and objectives of the DDA with a strong focus on marketing, communications, program operations, delivering results and sharing new ideas and best practices with the team.

This role requires partnership with the Marketing Manager & Operations Manager on the execution of a variety of Downtown Merchant and consumer-specific programs including First Friday Art Walk, Shop Small, Delray Beach Fashion Week and Savor the Avenue along with many other programs that benefit the Downtown businesses. The role of relationship-building is essential and vital to our success and knowledge as well as a passion for event planning and execution is key.

Most of all, this role requires a motivated individual with experience in destination marketing and advertising across all channels and someone who is passionate about the development and implementation of marketing and economic development initiatives for a resort downtown. We are a small team, so communication is very important among the staff!

Please click on the PDF below to see the full position requirements. 

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to LSimon@downtowndelraybeach.com 

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UPDATED: VENETIAN DRIVE & GLEASON STREET INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 9:57pm

The road work on Atlantic Ave at the intersections of Venetian and Gleason commenced on 8/19/2019.


The City of Delray Beach will be working in conjunction with R&D Paving, LLC on the Venetian Drive & Gleason Street Intersection Improvements project. This project, developed by the City of Delray Beach, was developed for the purpose of improving the paver brick intersections and pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections with Atlantic Avenue.

Current Schedule: 

  • Friday, 8/23/19 – The contractor will complete the two center lanes of the Atlantic/Venetian intersection today.
  • Monday, 8/26/19 – The contractor will close the south half of the Atlantic/Venetian intersection to remove the brick pavers, excavate for the new base, and install new asphalt pavement. The intersection will be closed at Venetian to the south. Detour Signs will be in place to use Gleason Street and Miramar Drive to access businesses south of Atlantic Avenue.
  • Tuesday 8/27/19 thru Thursday 8/29/19 – The Atlantic Avenue/A1A intersection work will begin. This work consists of removing the existing brick pavers and installing new asphalt pavement. This work will be completed in phases, working in one lane at a time. Expect traffic delays during construction.
  • Tuesday, 8/27/19 – New curbs at the corners of Venetian and Atlantic Avenue will be installed. Expect periodic lane closure for the concrete pour. The intersection will remain open.
  • Friday, 8/30/19 – No work will be scheduled on any roadway in observation of Labor Day Weekend.

For your safety please adhere to the posted maintenance of traffic signage.  All disturbed areas of work will be restored prior to to the project's completion.

Visit http://beachmasterplanphase2.com/ for updated information regarding this project as well as the Beach Master Plan Phase II project.


If you have any questions or concern regarding the construction of this project, please feel free to call the City of Delray Beach's Program and Project Management Division at (561) 243-7341

It's Time To Dine Out!

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 2:44pm

38 + PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

NEW:  BRUNCH & HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

CULINARY EVENTS:  HELLS’ KITCHEN WINNERS DINNER, ROSE’S DAUGHTER BENEFITS THE LIBRARY, LOBSTER FRENZY, MAI TAI COCKTAIL CLASS, HAVANA NIGHTS DINNERS, BAR BRAWLS, SUSHI & PIZZA MAKING CLASSES AND MORE

#DineOutDowntownDelray  @downtowndelray  @delraydda

Who:               The 4th annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2019 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants, cafés and fast-casual establishments/eateries.

 

Purpose:          To showcase the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of year in South Florida.  The program will also raise awareness for the Living Hungry “Not One Hungry Homeless Student Delray Beach” initiative.

WHAT: Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2019 will feature special multi-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences and events including specialty themed dinners, food tours, cocktail classes, pizza making classes, charity food events and more.  The week-long event provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample Downtown restaurants, cafés and fast-casual establishments/eateries at special prices.  This year select restaurants will feature Brunch and Happy Hour specials.

 

When:              Thursday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Where:            Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The West Atlantic Neighborhood, The Ave (Atlantic Avenue), Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US1, Beachside. Location - Atlantic Avenue east from 1-95 to the Beach, and the surrounding neighborhoods of the Pineapple Grove Arts District and the SOFA District.

www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Map

How to Take part:  Diners simply select their choice from the list of participating restaurants.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made directly through the restaurant or www.OpenTable.com. No passes, tickets or coupons required. 

 Price: Dine Out Deals:  $10 and under

Multi- Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 and under per person

Multi- Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $40 and under per person

Brunch and Happy Hour Specials: throughout the week, prices vary by restaurant.

Culinary Experiences & Events: throughout the week, prices vary by restaurant

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Participating Restaurants & Merchants:      As of 07.15.19

3rd & 3rd, 50 Ocean, Bamboo Fire Café, Beg for More Izakaya, Boston’s on the Beach, Brulé Bistro, Buddha Sky Bar, BurgerFi, Cabana El Rey, Colombian Coffee House, Craft Food Tours, Death or Glory, Deck 84, Delray Goodies, Foxworth Fountain @ Delray Shores Pharmacy, Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, J & J Seafood & Raw Bar, L’Acqua Ristorante Italiano, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Le Sorelle, Mellow Mushroom, Over the Bridge Café, Papa’s Tapas, PRIME, Proper Ice Cream, Ramen Lab Eatery, Rose’s Daughter, Salt7, Silverball Museum, The Cup of Good, The Grove, The Office, The Real Poké, Tin Roof, Two Fat Cookies, Vic & Angelo’s, Windy City Pizza, Wine House Social and more!

 

Culinary Experiences & Events:                     As of 07.15.19

Hell’s Kitchen Winners Dinner at Salt7 – Thursday, August 1 – 7 p.m. Price and menu coming soon.  Five course wine dinner with four of the winners of "Hell's Kitchen"! Each chef will prepare a course and dessert is by Two Fat Cookies. Chefs:  Paul Nidermann- Season 9 Winner and SALT7's Executive Chef, Kimberly Ryan- Season 16 Winner, Michelle Tribble- Season 17 Winner, LaTasha McCutchen- Season 13 Winner.  Reservations call 561.274.SALT.

Lobster Frenzy! at PRIME – Thursday, August 1st – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - $39.95

Enjoy up to THREE 1lb Maine Lobsters, accompanied with fresh corn on the cob and

boiled potato, with choice of soup or salad. Sunset Special 3-Course Dinner for $32.95 per person. Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

 

Mai Tai Cocktail Class at Death or Glory Thursday, August 1- 6:30-8:30 p.m. - $45 per person plus tax and 20% gratuity.  "More than your Mai Tai: A History of Tiki and Tiki Cocktails you can make at home".   The class will include tiki history/fun facts both dating back to the dawn of tiki as well as the modern tiki renaissance.  (I promise...tiki history is fun).  Guests will enjoy and learn to make three amazing tiki cocktails: a traditional Mai Tai (rum), a Saturn (gin) and a modern Scotch tiki cocktail as well as enjoy some light snacks.  Harder to find syrups and things available for purchase to make the home tiki experience easy and fun. Seating is extremely limited. Call 561.808.8814 or email annie@deathorglorybar.com to RSVP.

Havana Nights! at Cabana El Rey with Craft Food Tours – Thursday, August 1 – 7:00p.m. - $69. 

4-course meal with Latin-crafted cocktail parings and a dessert wine. www.craftfoodtours.com

Sunset Dinner Special at PRIME - Friday, August 2 – 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. - $32.95

Special 3-Course Dinner.  Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

Progressive Dinner with Craft Food Tours – Friday, August 2.

3 course meal - 3 restaurants & 3 cocktails.    www.craftfoodtours.com

Sunset Dinner Special at PRIME - Saturday, August 3 - 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. - $32.95

Special 3-Course Dinner.  Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

Sunset Dinner Special at PRIME - Sunday, August 4 - 4:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. - $32.95

Special 3-Course Dinner.  Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

Craft Food Tour + Caipirinha Class at Cabana El Rey – Sunday, August 4.

www.craftfoodtours.com

Sunset Dinner Special & ½ price bottles of wine at PRIME - Monday, August 5 - 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine with purchase of entrée and special 3-course dinner special for $32.95 per person. Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

 

Dumpling Making Class at Delray Goodies with Craft Food Tours – Monday, August 5

www.craftfoodtours.com

Kids Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom – Tuesday, August 6 - 9:00 a.m.

$12 per guest.  Step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros and indulge in it afterward! Space is limited, cash payment only.  Call 561.330.3040 to RSVP.

Sunset Dinner Special & 1/2 Price Dinner Entrees at PRIME - Tuesday, August 6 - 1/2 Price dinner entrees with purchase of beverage and special 3-course dinner special for $32.95 per person.  Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

Lobster Frenzy! at PRIME - Wednesday August 7 – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - $39.95

Enjoy up to THREE 1lb Maine Lobsters, accompanied with fresh corn on the cob and

boiled potato, with choice of soup or salad. Sunset Special 3-Course Dinner for $32.95 per person. Advanced reservation required. Call 561.865.5845 or www.PrimeDelray.com

Bar Brawls at Death or Glory – Wednesday, August 7 – 9:00p.m. - $10 or $25.  Delray's own Jessie Bell from El Camino will be competing against Joshua Leith from Eau Palm Beach and Dave Lovett from 1000 North. $10 entry fee includes 1 free drink.  Limited "ringside seats" are also available for purchase for $25 by calling 561-808-8814.  Bar Brawls T-shirts and tanks for sale for $20. 

Great American Road Trip Dinner at 50 Ocean - Wednesday, August 7.  50 Ocean will be kicking off a 12-month special dining series called the Great American Road Trip.  The series will feature the great streets and avenues in cities across the country. first event will feature Delray Beach and Atlantic Avenue.  For more information and reservations call 561.278.3364. 

Havana Nights! at Cabana El Rey with Craft Food Tours – Wednesday, August 77:00p.m. - $69.  4-course meal with Latin-crafted cocktail parings and a dessert wine. $69.  www.craftfoodtours.com

Sushi making class at Lemongrass Asian Bistro – Date & Time TBD - $95 per guest.  Includes:  Sushi class with premium sake pairing with 6 courses premium sushi bites.  Attendance limited to 12 guests.  Call 561.278-5050 to RSVP.

Charitable  Partner:         Living Hungry “Not One Hungry Homeless Student Delray Beach” initiative.

Enter to Win:   While dining at a participating restaurant during Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week use #DineOutDowntownDelray on Facebook or Instagram and be automatically entered to win $300 worth of restaurant gift cards.

Sponsors:  Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors (As of 06.28.19): Discover the Palm Beaches, VUP Media, LivingFLA.com, Craft Food Tours, Delray Newspaper, Open Table.

 

AS OF 07.15.2019

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com