Thursday, April 30, 2015

All Aboard Florida: the project is coming into focus

In case you missed this news from earlier in the week . . . Brian Bandell at the South Florida Business Journal has this article titled, "All Aboard Florida strikes deal for residential at West Palm Beach station":
     All Aboard Florida has a pending deal [deal is now complete] with West Palm Beach to allow residential units at its high-speed rail station and create an access road.
     According to a news release from the city, the deal has been in negotiations for a year and will come to a vote before the city commission on Monday. It’s part of All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail line between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The project is under construction.
     Under the proposed agreement, All Aboard Florida would build an access road from Clematis Street to the station and purchase the required land at a cost of about $3.8 million. The company would donate the road and the redevelopment properties to the city.
Understand the underground utility work has commenced so that's why you don't see a whole lot of activity right now. That's going to change real soon. All Aboard Florida is a huge story and what's coming on its heels is the even bigger story for cities such as Lake Worth: that's the Florida Coastal Link. Lake Worth will be getting its own downtown stop projected to be in 2018.