Location: NW and SW corners of 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
Architect/Engineer: NW corner: Calvin-Giordano; SW Corner: Currie Sowards Aguila Architects
Contact: Jeff Costello, Executive Director, 276-8640
Project Description: The 2002 Downtown Master Plan, a Citizens’ Master Plan, calls for the creation of twin public plazas at the northwest and southwest corners of Atlantic and West 5th Avenue to emphasize the prominence of the 5th Avenue corridor, as well as to provide public space for community interaction. Removing some of the landscaping adjacent to the Fire Station property will create the northwest corridor plaza. A design for the northwest corridor was prepared by engineering consultants CH2MHill in conjunction with the 5th Avenue streetscape.
The southwest corridor plaza required the acquisition of a privately owned property, and was completed in June 2010. The plaza includes an open area designed with a mixture of pervious paver and terrazzo bricks, landscaping, a trellis structure, and decorative lighting. It also has a platform stage covered by a shade sail canopy that can accommodate a variety of live performances, and benches to provide seating. The CRA invested approximately $300,000 into the plaza’s construction and design. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 24, 2010, in conjunction with Art & Jazz on the Avenue.
The CRA allocated an additional $15,000 to include a public art feature at the plaza. In November 2010, the CRA issued a call to artist to solicit proposals from qualified artists. Visual artist Cheryl Foster was selected to design and fabricated the art component. The final piece was installed in June 2012 and was commemorated with an unveiling ceremony. View photos of the final art installation and unveiling ceremony on our Facebook page.
On July 18, 2013, a ceremony was held to dedicating the plaza – Elizabeth ”Libby” Wesley Plaza – in honor of the longtime community activist, educator and volunteer.
The planned plaza at the northwest corner of W. Atlantic Avenue and NW 5th Avenue, at the Fire Rescue Headquarters Public Plaza, was designed by Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. and is co-funded by the Delray Beach CRA ($275,000) and the City of Delray Beach through its Stormwater Utility Funds ($45,195.36). This public plaza fulfills the design objectives of the the Downtown Master Plan for this intersection. With the Elizabeth “Libby” Jackson Wesley Plaza completed in 2010, the new Fire Rescue Headquarters Public Plaza makes the community’s vision a reality.
The project includes landscaping features and pedestrian amenities, as well as colorful terrazzo and keystone pavers matching the Libby Wesley Plaza. Four bronze emblems with fire rescue motifs are featured in the new public space, while green building elements such as pervious pavers and native vegetation were also incorporated into the project. The design allows for seamless integration into the Atlantic Avenue corridor and honors the unique civic identity of the Fire Rescue Headquarters. Construction was completed in December 2015 and the ribbon cutting ceremony was held on January 26, 2016.