Central City Area

The City of Deerfield Beach has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Southeast Florida Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to study and make recommendations for the redevelopment of the Deerfield Beach Central City Area. The 3.5-mile study area (see below) includes the Dixie Highway corridor from the city line south to Sample Road and the Alwood Homes Neighborhood and is comprised of distinct areas requiring different redevelopment strategies to maximize its potential. 

Study Area

Study Area Map

Central City blight area of interested
Central City blight area of interested
Central City Pict 03

ULI Study Area Questions

The recommendations of the Technical Assistance Panel will be driven by seeking to answer a series of questions focused on Central City and Dixie Highway redevelopment feasibility. 

  1. What factors can be identified that are discouraging the redevelopment of the diverse area? 
  2. What is the most viable mix of uses that can be developed over time that would encourage new capital investment, public/private partnerships, and future redevelopment along the Central City Area?
  3. What public infrastructure, services, incentives, or regulatory provisions would encourage and sustain redevelopment in the Central City Area? 
  4. How and where should community spaces be created? What strategies will encourage cultural and entertainment options that would attract a variety of residents? 
  5. How can parking be more effective to address the perceived shortfall in on-street parking, considering: 
    1. Shared parking among businesses 
    2. Right of way consolidation 
    3. Reducing the need for patrons to park in adjoining residential neighborhoods 
    4. Transit options 
  6. What are the most pressing community concerns? 
  7. How can the City address those concerns while establishing trust and collaboration?

ULI TAP Report

Over the course of two days, the ULI TAP sought feedback from the community’s local leaders and residents, toured the Study Area, and formulated recommendations to address identified obstacles to redevelopment and the unique character and potential of the area. The report can be found below:

Findings and Recommendations Presentation

On April 22nd, 2021, the City invited residents and property owners to a Special Commission Workshop to learn about the findings from the study conducted by the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel (ULI-TAP) for the redevelopment of the Central City Area. Over 90 people joined the session whether in person or virtually, provided valuable input, and expressed their concerns.