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Timeline of Purchase Acquisition Activities

Along South ‘K’ Street; South ‘L’ Street & South ‘M’ Street

  I. Downtown Lake Worth Arts & Culture Master Plan

2015-2017: Under the guidance of local residents and business owners, the City of Lake Worth Beach, CRA and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County produce and approve the Downtown Lake Worth Arts & Culture Master Plan. The Plan recommends development between 1st Avenue South and 1st Avenue North, adding height and density to allow for mixed use, live-work developments that support artist’s needs. For this, assemblages of land need to be encouraged by incentivizing through making the process easier and faster. This could also mean helping to assemble by acquiring key pieces of property. Public parking improvements are also a recommendation of the Plan. CLICK HERE for a copy of the Plan.

II. Parking Study

October 2017: City of Lake Worth Beach Commission approves a contract with WGI to provide a comprehensive downtown parking program and parking structure feasibility study. (EXHIBIT A)

October 2018: City of Lake Worth Beach produced the completed parking study by WGI. (EXHIBIT B)

This study included drawings for a possible municipal parking garage on the sites along ‘L’ & ‘M’ Streets. CLICK HERE for additional information regarding downtown parking. 

III. Interlocal Agreements between the CRA and the City of Lake Worth Beach (EXHIBIT C)

June 19, 2018: City of Lake Worth Beach Authorizes $1,050,000 to acquire 26 South ‘L’ St.; 30 South ‘L’ St. and 32 South ‘L’ St. and $180,000 for resurfacing for public parking. (EXHIBIT C - June 19, 2018)

October 16, 2018: City of Lake Worth Beach Authorizes $627,482.50 to acquire 17 South ‘M’ St. (EXHIBIT C - October 16, 2018)

February 5, 2019: City of Lake Worth Beach Authorizes $547,240.00 to acquire 25 South ‘K’ St. and 704 1 st Ave. South. (EXHIBIT C - February 5, 2019)

(The City’s original focus of providing a public parking garage at ‘L’ & ‘M’ Streets switches to using the existing City owned surface lot along South ‘K’ Street and includes the homes purchased at the corner of 1 st Ave. South and South ‘K’ Street in March 2020.)

November 5, 2019: City of Lake Worth Beach Commission approves the Sale and Transfer of 501 Lake Avenue to the CRA. (EXHIBIT D - November 5, 2019)

DOWNTOWN PROPERTIES PURCHASED SINCE 2016
Property Address Date of Acquisition Purchase Price Funding
25 South K Street 02/22/2019 $230,000.00 City of LWB
704 1 st Ave. South 02/21/2019 $280,000.00 City of LWB
710 1 st Ave. South 06/28/2019 $230,000.00 CRA
704 1 st Ave. South 07/14/2016 $250,000.00 City of LWB
709 1 st Ave. South 01/10/2020 $855,000.00 CRA
16 South L Street* 11/20/2017 $300,000.00 CRA
24 South L Street 07/31/2018 $200,000.00 CRA
26 South L Street 07/31/2018   City of LWB
30 South L Street 07/31/2018 $1,050,000.00 City of LWB
32 South L Street 07/31/2018   City of LWB
17 South M Street 10/19/2018 $620,000.00 City of LWB
  Total Purchase Cost: $4,590,000.00  

*The CRA purchased this property after leasing the parcel for the previous 10 years for public parking in the downtown area.

 

ADDITIONAL CRA OWNED LOTS IN THE DOWNTOWN
Property Address Date of Acquisition Intent
20 South L Street 2005

Purchased by the CRA for
surface parking.

704 1 st Ave. South 2005

Purchased by the CRA for
surface parking.

IV. Timeline for Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) Actions

January 2019: First public hearing before the HRPB postponed at the City’s request.

June 2019: City of Lake Worth Beach authorizes private consultant to conduct a massing study of the site.

September 18, 2019: HRPB public meeting to consider the CRA’s application for the relocation or demolition of seven (7) contributing and three (3) non-contributing structures located within the ‘L’ & ‘M’ Street properties. (EXHIBIT E)

The HRPB Order required the CRA to publicly advertise the structures for relocation and take all steps to have the structures relocated to another site. Any demolition permit for any of the contributing structures that are not relocated must first receive a Certificate of Appropriateness at the time of the issuance of the building permit for new construction.

January 7, 2020: City of Lake Worth Beach Commission denies the administrative appeals filed by Clifford Kohlmeyer and Thomas Conboy filed with respect to the HRPB’s order granting the CRA the right to relocate or demolish structures, subject to conditions. Mr. Christopher McVoy also submitted a letter to appeal the decision but was found, by the City, to not have legal standing. (EXHIBIT F)

February 12, 2020: Thomas Conboy files a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with Palm Beach County Circuit Court. (EXHIBIT G)

June 8, 2020: The Court grants the CRA’s Motion to Intervene and directs the CRA and City of Lake Worth Beach to file a joint response to the Petition for Writ of Certiorari. (EXHIBIT H)

February 17, 2021: Opinion issued by the Court denying the Petition for Writ of Certiorari. (EXHIBIT I)

V. Lake Worth Beach CRA’s Development Process

October 2019: Lake Worth Beach CRA issues the Request for Proposals for the moving of the historic, contributing houses. No proposals were received by February 2020. (EXHIBIT J)

March 2020: Lake Worth Beach CRA issues the Request for Proposals for the development of the ‘L’ & ‘M’ Street and ‘K’ Street/ 1 st Ave. South sites in downtown. Due to the pandemic, the submission deadline was extended from early June to August 4, 2020. (EXHIBIT K). This RFP was advertised on the CRA website, on social media sites, in both the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel, on loopnet.com, on The RealDeal website (real estate website for south Florida), on the Florida Redevelopment Association website (redevelopment.net), on the American Planning Association website (planning.org) and through the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

September 18, 2020: CRA and City Review Committee meet to review and score proposals.

October 13, 2020: CRA Board of Commissioners vote on the Review Committee recommendations (EXHIBIT L)

March 2021: Economic Development Impact Analysis CLICK HERE for a copy of the Plan

Those requiring ADA readable materials please contact the CRA offices directly at 561-493-2550 or by email at info@lakeworthcra.org

April 19 2021 ELEMENT Project Virtual Public Meeting - Lake Worth Beach CRA

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