In recognition of the tremendous potential for revitalization in the old “heart” of Deerfield Beach and that a shared community vision is crucial to achieving a successful and sustainable outcome, the City of Deerfield Beach Planning and Development Services Department submitted an application to the American Planning Association’s (APA) CPAT program in June 2014. Upon selection of the project, APA Senior Outreach Associate Ryan Scherzinger began working with the City of Deerfield Beach’s Director of Planning and Development Services to coordinate the project. The APA and its professional institute AICP deployed a team with the specific expertise to assist the City of Deerfield Beach with their planning process for a newly revitalized town center.
The team’s primary objective was to prepare a land use and urban design plan for the study area which lies east of the Florida East Coast Railroad and Dixie Highway corridor. It is called the Town Center Plan (the Plan) and it encompasses approximately 112 acres and runs from the canal on the north to one half of a block south of SE 5th Street on the south.
Below is the Community Assistance Team (CPAT) Final Report of the study area, the City of Deerfield Beach’s Town Center, Pioneer Grove.