Wednesday, November 20, 2013

West Palm Beach planning board green-lights convention center... |

West Palm Beach's planning and zoning board approved a 13 story, 400 room hotel that will be built next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. It is thought by many this will help unleash the potential of the Convention Center and allow it to compete for better events, with more a national draw. One of the city's planner's brings up a good point, which is a weakness in the connection between City Place and the downtown in general. From the article, click title for link.
Principal planner Eric Schneider conceded that developers still haven’t found a good solution to the difficult foot crossing of Okeechobee Boulevard between the hotel/convention center complex and CityPlace. He said the Florida Department of Transportation and the developers’ traffic engineer will try to work out solutions.
There must be some sort of market for even one-tenth the number of rooms being built in West Palm Beach - this is just one of seven different hotel projects - that could find a market and a return on investment if they build in Lake Worth.