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Land owner to sell, allowing Boynton to fix ‘less-than-desirable’ area
Monday, 14 March 2016 21:06

By Alexandra Seltzer - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 8:01 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016
City officials won’t have to pursue the eminent domain process for one piece of land that’s part of a large renovation project to turn an area in the Heart of Boynton into a new, modern single-family neighborhood.
Property Owner David Hargrove recently agreed to sell his property at 146 Northwest 11th Ave. to the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency for about $200,000. The 19,375-square-foot lot now houses empty rental properties, but those will be torn down, and two single-family homes will be built.
It’s all part of the city’s hopes to turn the rundown area into a neighborhood called Poinciana Gardens.
City officials already had signed off on trying to use eminent domain for several pieces of land they’ll need for the project. Eminent domain, which allows governments to take private property for public use with some form of compensation to the owner, is rarely used.
City officials were pleased to hear about the deal with Hargrove at this week’s CRA board meeting, and said taking over the land, directly south of Poinciana Elementary, will help spruce up the area.
“Ever since it has been there it’s been really more than an eyesore,” Commissioner Mack McCray said about Hargrove’s property. “It has been a haven for things that we would call less-than-desirable.”
Hargrove was unable to be reached.
Poinciana Gardens, also referred to as the Model Block, will have single-family homes, new utilities and will be aesthetically-pleasing. The neighborhood is west of Seacrest Boulevard, along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northwest 11th Avenue. Also, Northwest 11th Avenue will be extended west from Seacrest Boulevard to Northwest First Street.
In February, the City Commission gave staff the OK to go through the eminent domain process for pieces of land that are needed to expand the main roadway and to install the utilities for the neighborhood. At the time, there were six properties on the list.
A piece of Hargrove’s land, which in total is appraised at about $184,000, was one of them. Negotiations are ongoing for other properties at the location.
“I’m just thrilled to see this come through because we didn’t think we were going to get this property. We thought maybe we’d get a piece to do the road,” Mayor Jerry Taylor said at the CRA board meeting.
Already, two homes have been built in the neighborhood and sold. Construction on two more homes will start soon, according to CRA documents.

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