Boynton Beach planning PPP for redevelopment

The city of Boynton Beach, Fla., is seeking design teams to participate in a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to redevelop the Town Square area, a four-block, 17-acre site east of Interstate 95.

Additional proposals are being requested after the city received two unsolicited proposals for the project.Requirements include a public event lawn, amphitheater and public gathering space; an entrance and gateway feature at Ocean Avenue and Seacrest Boulevard; and street enhancements and on-street parking on those streets.

The area will be developed as the city’s downtown. Redevelopment proposals must in some way include an historic high school (ca. 1927), a new 50,000-square-foot city hall and green space. The existing library and Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center must remain on the site. The city is open to moving the current police department and Fire Station No. 1, which are in the redevelopment area.

City officials are also considering building a combined police and fire station. Once a request for proposals is created and approved by the city commission (probably by September), another six months of negotiations will likely follow. Thus, construction could be a full year away, according to City Manager Lori LaVerriere.

Although a total cost for the project is not yet known, city officials say a new city hall would carry a price tag of between $15 million and $18 million, a new police building would cost between $25 million and $30 million and the price tag for a new fire station would be between $3 million and $5 million.

Amtrak pitches $6.5B redevelopment in Philadelphia

Last week, officials with Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Drexel University jointly announced plans for a $6.5 billion redevelopment in Central Philadelphia. The goal of the project is to create a second downtown area of the city, according to those officials. The project would be centered around the transformation of the 30th Street Train Station into a multi-modal transportation hub. The station would continue to serve as the main Amtrak intercity rail station for the region, but it also would become the primary intercity bus terminal.

A new facility would be constructed on the station’s north side to serve as the bus station, and that construction would require the relocation of exit ramps connecting Interstates 76 and 676 to the station. That portion of the project is already undergoing a feasibility study.

Another construction project would build a new underground concourse to connect the SEPTA subway station at 30th Street to the Amtrak station. The concourse project is in the preliminary engineering stage.

Amtrak also plans to create a new gateway park surrounding the station along the Schuylkill River.