Delray commission works toward Atlantic Crossing settlement

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By: Marisa Gottesman

Associate Editor

Delray Beach commissioners have agreed to settle an ongoing legal battle with the developers of Atlantic Crossing.

Now, it will be up to Ohio-based Edwards Cos. to agree to the settlement agreement. They have 14 days to accept or reject the agreement proffered by the city. The project plans to bring apartments, offices, restaurants and shops to 9 acres of East Atlantic Ave.

“This is a settlement,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “I don’t see it as a victory by any stretch. I view it as a means to the end.”

The agreement provides a timeline for funding and improvements the developer must make to the project including funding a bus shelter, providing traffic calming measures for the Marina and Palm Trail neighborhoods and other previous promises.

Commissioners also approved waivers needed to add an access road into the project, which is something residents have advocated for.

If the developers agree to the settlement, the proposed road and changes to accommodate it will have to go before the city’s site plan review and appearance board.

If a resident or third party challenges the approval process moving forward, the proposed settlement is subject to going away, which would land the city and the developer back in the court room, according to the city’s outside legal counsel.

The city has spent about $500,000 on legal fees and experts associated with the project.

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