Economic Development In Delray Beach

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By: Christina Morrison Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Downtown Delray Beach is growing – lots going on – but the real action in Delray Beach is taking place in the Congress Avenue/SW 10th Street/Linton Blvd area of Delray
Here’s a quick summary of activity:
Congress Avenue south to north
• Ground was broken recently for the new Corporate Headquarters for Kaufman Lynn Construction company, relocating to S. Congress from Boca Raton, bringing with it over 100 high-paying corporate jobs to Delray Beach.
• The old Office Depot site went out for bid and 5 national companies bid on the redevelopment rights.  The owner has chosen one but is “mum” on the details.
• Pet Meds opened their corporate headquarters recently on Congress Avenue across from the TriRail station. They now share a building with Levengers and warehouse and distribute their products around the world from S. Congress Avenue.
• After extensive searching, Freedom Steel is staying in Delray Beach. They were downtown but now are located in Delray’s Commerce Corridor on SW 10th Street between Federal and Congress.  Because of their size-able office needs, it was feared they would need to relocate, but the Goldberg family at ACP stepped up and created space in their new headquarters building for Freedom.
• Somerset Toiletries also relocated to Delray’s Commerce Corridor, into Park Ten Business Park, greatly expanding the size of their operation. Somerset’s lines of high-end lotions and potions are flying off the shelves after having been featured on network TV on the Today Show recently. They have also developed a line of Delray Beach signature lotions and fragrances which are new to the market.
• Those new rooftops that are seen from I-95 just before the Atlantic Avenue exit are the future Delray Station Apartments that span from just north of Atlantic Avenue to just south of Lake Ida Road. The entrance will be on Lake Ida Road across from the Dog Park. This needed addition to the Delray Beach housing scene will feature all the high-end amenities plus an ambling and scenic bike/walking path from Atlantic Ave to the dog park.
On Linton Blvd., expect the I-95 area to be improved with safer on/off-ramps and other improvements, taking with it much of the frontage of the Ford and Chevrolet dealerships. Look out for major changes to these dealerships and this area soon.
Further east on Linton, the now-defunct Sports Authority building is being redesigned into a high-end garden and hardware store, to be opened later this year.
At the corner of Linton and Federal, the new Harvest Restaurant is packing them in with farm-to-table fare, a very friendly and open atmosphere, outdoor seating and great bar scene.
If there’s something in particular you want more info on, please let me know.
Christina Morrison, P.A. is a Commercial Realtor with Carmel Real Estate & Management, based in Delray Beach.  She is a Community Activist and sits on the Boards of the Florida Realtors, Realtors’ Association of the Palm Beaches, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, and also serves on the Executive Board as a Commissioner on the Criminal Justice Commission. She is involved in all things Delray Beach.