Model Block

PROFILE: Model Block Initiative

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The Success of the Model Block Program in West Palm Beach

The redevelopment of the Northwood neighborhood and its business corridor required an integrated, comprehensive approach using the nationally known best practice “Model Block” program.  This approach incorporated a two-year planning process that resulted in three new mixed-use zoning districts with new urban design standards that immediately paved the way for new commercial and residential developments.  Within a span of five years Neighborhood Renaissance in partnership with the City of West Palm Beach achieved the following: 

  • Constructed 35 new homes and rehabilitated 14 properties as well as assisted 65 families to purchase homes at a total investment of $8 million.
  • Administered a business district beautification, security, and small business incentive program, and developed new urban design guidelines for the Northwood Village.
  • Developed within the business district, the Renaissance Courtyard, the first mixed-use residential and commercial project to be built in the Northwood Village, currently owned and managed by Neighborhood Renaissance; recipient of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta EDGE award.
  • Provided small business training and assistance to approximately 150 low and moderate-income entrepreneurs resulting in over 115 jobs for low-income residents.
  • Completed streetscape improvements and landscaping for both the business corridor and the residential areas as part of the redevelopment of the neighborhood. 
  • Received several national best practice awards in community development.

This Model Block approach was replicated at a smaller scale in two other neighborhoods: Royal Poinciana in Boynton Beach and Westgate in unincorporated West Palm Beach. 

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