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Midtown Delray development project inches closer to approval

Midtown Delray development project inches closer to approval

A redevelopment project called Midtown Delray is a step closer to coming to the city’s downtown, bringing with it promises of more than a thousand jobs and millions in tax revenue for the city.

The $140 million plan would bring shops, restaurants, offices and retail space into several buildings on Swinton and Atlantic avenues. The 7-acre project also could bridge the east-to-west development divide on Swinton Avenue.

Delray Beach commissioners sent developers back with last-minute changes to the project Tuesday after more than two years of debate over whether the project is fit for the area.

“We think that this is a great project,” said Neil Schiller, an attorney representing developer Hudson Holdings. “It’s undergone a lot of tweaks and revisions from our conversations with the community.”

Schiller and a team of lawyers and architects gave a 115-slide presentation to residents and the commission. A video showed open-air plazas with planters and benches throughout the site. Plans also call for an underground parking garage with 279 spaces.

Developers said the project will create 1,700 jobs, including many in construction, retail and hospitality. The contractors and subcontractors also would be required to hire Delray residents, Schiller said.

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Aric Chokey, Sun Sentinel

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