9/8 THUR 10:45 | Abacoa- If You Plan It, They Will Come 4

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Explore the evolution of a 16 year old new urbanist development. Topics discussed include how Abacoa was shovel ready as the center of the regional bioscience cluster for Palm Beach County,
how design and planning can withstand market forces and the challenges of integrating mixed uses including specific discussion of the follies of the Town Center.

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9/8 THUR 10:45 | Abacoa- If You Plan It, They Will Come 4

  1. 1. Jupiter, Florida <ul><li>Abacoa and the Abacoa Town Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How and Why.. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Successes and Setbacks.. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s next.. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Design: How and Why.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2,000 acres of prime real estate located in northern Palm Beach County, under single ownership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Situated between the Town of Jupiter and the city of Palm Beach Gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.5 miles from local area beaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy access to main north/south highways (I-95 & Turnpike) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design to be the First TND project to use production/merchant home builders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver a true “TND” project with flexibility to allow flexibility within the market. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Abacoa aerial Photo 1993 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally a Mecca Farms U-Pick strawberry field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing Conditions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FPL main transmission lines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central Boulevard right-of-way </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>school out-parcels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>East-West drainage canals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SWA transfer station </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Charrette Master Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Design Elements: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FAU Northern Campus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Braves/Expos Spring Training facility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defined Mixed-Use “Town Center” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed Single family and Multi family residential neighborhoods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public “core” golf course </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood schools </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Final Master Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6,000 Units in residential neighborhoods & districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3.2M SF of retail and office use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Town Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace District </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Commercial Districts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400 acres of open green space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Atlantic University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardinals and Marlins Spring Training Facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 hole public golf course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 public school sites </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>DRI Master Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State approved Regulatory Plan (Map-H) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residential densities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Residential land uses: retail, office, workplace, R&D </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Roadway network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided baseline for build-out and flexibility without the need for additional state approvals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange matrix </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>MXD Zoning Sub-District Master Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Defined Public space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential and Non-Residential Districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Street type hierarchy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix of unit types in each neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setbacks and building heights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity and block size requirements </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Illustrative Master Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed Use town center anchored by the stadium and FAU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhoods organized around central squares </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian scaled streets, blocks and districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenway network of upland preserve, water management and gopher tortoise habitat </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Implementation: Town Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successes.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Roger Dean Stadium </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Florida Atlantic University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Town Center Phase I and II projects: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>413 apartment units </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100,000sf of retail </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>50,000sf of office </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>amphitheater </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>16 screen/3,700 seat movie theater </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>160 room hotel and conference center </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Town Center.. A Success </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Market Forces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Height of the market.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MacArthur Foundation sells 14,000 acre portfolio in Palm Beach County </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flood of residential and commercial development activity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New retail centers added to the Regional Center and the PGA corridor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New movie theater opens </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottom of the market.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real Estate market crash </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Condo market values drop dramatically </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local retail tenants close </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Too much space to absorb </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>New Competition.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Downtown at the Gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suburban retail “lifestyle” center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>16 screen movie theater </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>New Competition.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legacy Place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retail big box center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bookstore </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>New Competition.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Midtown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Main Street retail center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurant Outparcels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residential </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>New Competition.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donald Ross Village </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retail center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hotel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retail Outparcels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residential </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Evolution: What’s Next.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bioscience Cluster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage more start-up companies to come to Abacoa </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add daytime workforce with office tenants and small business opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tenants to meet localized demand and services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create additional critical mass within the downtown </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Bioscience Cluster </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scripps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Max Planck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute for Healthy Living </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional medical research and bio-tech start up companies </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate tenants like G4S </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>60,000sf North American Headquarters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Class A office tenants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start-up and Live/work offices </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Retail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local business catering to local market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialty restaurants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family oriented establishments </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Residential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create additional critical mass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rental apartments in an urban environment both above shops and freestanding buildings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Abacoa and the Abacoa Town Center.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you plan it, they will come! </li></ul></ul>

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