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The Set transformation underway

Plans to update the city’s West Atlantic neighborhood have begun.

Residents and professionals of the area have met twice so far to provide their input on the future of “The Set.”

The Set, which is the branding of the area from Interstate 95 east to Swinton Avenue and Lake Ida Road south to SW 10th St., began in Sept. 2016. It is one of the fastest growing areas in the city. About 19 percent of the city’s population lives in The Set. The population growth totaled 19.2 percent form 2010 to 2015 compared to 4.7 percent growth in the rest of the city, according to a news release from the West Atlantic Redevelopment Director Kristyn Cox.

The name The Set was selected to unify the neighborhood while honoring the culture of the area. Now, the goal is to update the West Atlantic Avenue Redevelopment Plan, which was adopted in 1995 and amended in 2001, and the Southwest Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan, which was adopted in 2002.

The idea is to combine the plans and make sure the vision and priorities originally indicated are still important to residents. The plan will also update the demographic, economic data, redevelopment opportunities and development trends. In addition, the Northwest Neighborhood will be incorporated into the new plan.

The plan will be done with help from the city, the Community Redevelopment Agency, the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition and the community. Intelligence, Buildings and Infrastructure Group led the most recent workshops.

School open enrollment available

Want to send your child to a school they aren’t zoned for? The School District of Palm Beach County has released the list of schools with availability for Controlled Open Enrollment (COE).

Controlled Open Enrollment allows parents and legal guardians the opportunity for their child to apply to attend a school outside of their regular attendance zone.

Apply online at www.mypbchoiceapp.com. Hard copy applications are available through and can be submitted through the Department of Choice & Career Options.  The deadline for applications is May 5. Transportation is not provided for students who are assigned to a school through COE.

Delray loses another department head

Delray Beach’s Human Resources Director Tennille Decoste has submitted her resignation to the city. She will be starting a new job with the city of Miramar.

She began working for the city in Aug. 2015.

Barwick Park to receive outdoor fitness gym

A class project will turn into a reality for two high school seniors.

Atlantic High School seniors Christelle Singh and Talia Vessal had an idea to bring an outdoor fitness gym to Delray’s Barwick Park.

Their class project will become a community project. City commissioners approved spending the difference of the cost of the equipment to add the outdoor workout center to the park.

The students raised nearly half of the money needed for the project. They said they received two large corporate donations totaling $35,000. They also received donations from residents, family and friends.

“It’s remarkable to raise that kind of money,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “Well done.”

The equipment was designed with help from GameTime, which negotiated a cost to bring the project to fruition. Their goal was to complete the project before they graduated.

If you want to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/BarwickWorkoutPark

Block 8 & Block 20 alleyway improvements underway

Two Delray alleyways are getting improved thanks to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

The project will consists of paving, drainage, and sidewalk improvements along the west side of SW 10th Avenue, adjacent to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

The construction is anticipated to be completed by September.

Phase two of the Southwest Second Street Beautification is all underway. The project consists of street resurfacing improvements which includes placing an asphalt overlay, including leveling course, and pavement markings in the public right-of-way.  Construction is anticipated to be completed by September as well.