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RIVIERA BEACH CRA INTRODUCES “AMBASSADORS,” BEGINS DEMOLITION OF BUILDING TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO OCEAN MALL
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2014) – Another milestone in the exciting transformation of Singer Island happened Sept. 18 with the beginning of the demolition of the west side of Beach Court. The site is being cleared to make way for a walkway connecting the popular Ocean Mall to a planned parking facility as part of a comprehensive redevelopment effort being led by the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). More than 100 Riviera Beach officials, community leaders, residents and guests gathered to celebrate the occasion and enjoyed live music and food samplings from the area’s best restaurants, including Romana’s Pizza Restaurant, Two Drunken Goats, Johnny Longboats, Soul Food Take Out & Catering and McCray’s Backyard BBQ.
“Singer Island is a popular destination in the City of Riviera Beach and we want to provide guests with a first-rate experience and convenient access to parking,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “This project will be completed in time for our visitors coming down this winter.”
The improvements on Singer Island are an important component of the Riviera Beach CRA’s redevelopment plan now underway in designated areas of the city, including the Marina District, the Broadway Corridor and Riviera Beach Heights. The goal is to improve the quality of life for residents by enhancing the cleanliness and visual appeal of the neighborhoods.
The Singer Island event also marked the official debut of the Riviera Beach Ambassadors, a program developed through the Riviera Beach CRA’s Clean and Safe initiative in conjunction with the Riviera Beach Police Department. The dedicated team of more than a dozen uniformed and highly trained individuals from in and around Riviera Beach will work to ensure that the area is a safe and inviting place for residents, business owners and visitors. Public Service Ambassadors will greet visitors, offer information and directions, while Clean Team Ambassadors are charged with keeping pedestrian areas clean and free of litter by using sidewalk sweepers and pressure washers. The Ambassadors will be based on Singer Island near Ocean Mall and work within the entire CRA District. The Clean and Safe Program was recently awarded the 2014 American Planning Association – Florida Chapter “Award of Excellence” for Best Practices.
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From South Florida Times by Daphne Taylor: “With the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s Executive Director, Tony Brown at the helm, Riviera Beach, a predominantly black, waterfront city, is transforming itself right before its residents’ eyes. Construction is already underway in a massive $375 million redevelopment of the city’s marina district, making it one of the largest economic development projects of any predominantly black city.”
Viking Developers has proposed changes to the Marina plan that would reduce cost to the city and bring new retail and restaurant facilities online faster.
The change includes replacing the proposed Marine Way, a planned avenue of marine-based businesses, with a mixed use structure at the southeast corner of the Marina development. This structure would include a 3-story parking garage, providing parking directly adjacent to the restaurants and boardwalk.
1. The east side of the building would house marine facilities such as a Captain’s lounge, marine supply store, crew facilities and restaurants.
2. The north side would be additional restaurant and retail space.
The garage structure itself would be largely invisible from the marina area, built behind these commercial spaces. Being built as part of Phase I would save the city the expense of a planned temporary parking lot and would bring revenues to the city much earlier.
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