Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 History and background
 Inventory and analysis
 Concept development
 Final masterplan


Downtown Jensen Beach
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00103407/00001
 Material Information
Title: Downtown Jensen Beach : Revitalization
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Hutton, Christen
Publisher: College of Design, Construction and Planning
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Subjects / Keywords: City planning
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Jensen Beach
Abstract: The town of Jensen Beach is a small community located on the southeastern coast of Florida. Its located in Martin county, which is north of Palma Beach county, and south of Port st. Lucie County. Martin county residents have been feeling the growing pains of the overwhelming amount of development that has occurred in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties over the last five years. As a result, sprawl has occurred in many local municipalities accompanied with a significant population increase. Residential development is the primary cause of growth in Martin county. Although many new Florida residents are working in Palm Beach and St. Lucie County, they are choosing to reside in martin County due to the lower cost of living. Because of Jensen Beach's beautiful geographic location, tourism must be planned and accommodated for as well. The Indian River Lagoon is located adjacent to Downtown Jensen Beach, which successfully supports a small commercial fishing industry in the area. Currently, downtown Jensen Beach is considered one main road with a couple of secondary roads that contain one story building uses of office commercial, light retail, sparse housing, industrial, and commercial. About half of the downtown lots are vacant or abandoned, thus creating an area that lacks luster and vibrance which successful downtowns typically have. Even with all of the recent growth Jensen Beach has experienced over the past few years, the downtown district has yet to fulfill its potential of becoming a vibrant place where the local community can live, work, and play. The town of Ocean Breeze is an incorporated mobile home community that is located immediately south of the downtown district. All of the residents are mobile home owners, or tenants of mobile home owners. The town has one main road that distributes residential mobile home cul-de-sacs. Ocean Breeze also has a beautiful geographic location on the Indian River Lagoon, which makes it attractive to residential developers to build upon. Although Ocean Breeze does comprise of mobile home owners, the land is not included. The land is owned by one person, who is currently undergoing a bidding process with developers. In 2001, Jensen Beach established a community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) boundary. The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) oversees all new development in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties as of 2002. The TCRPC and the Jensen Beach CRA have worked hard over the last five years to come to an agreement for a vision that is suitable for the area. The residents of Jensen Beach have voiced their concerns about "typical south Florida waterfront development" that mostly consists of high rise condos, and upscale hotels. The TCRPC hired a planning firm to establish a community redevelopment plant that focused on the downtown area in 2003. It was completed in 2004 and presented to the Jensen Beach CRA, TCRPC, and several hundred Jensen Beach citizens. The plan was designed to implement a huge development influx with four and five story mix use buildings, furthermore giving an ok for high rise condos and timeshare multi level apartment buildings as well. The proposed plan was exactly what developers were looking for, and what citizens were profoundly against. The citizens of Jensen Beach were very unsatisfied and angered with the plan, so the CRA decided the plan was "too much", and decided to ignore it completely. In 2006, the TCRPC contacted Lucido and associates to come up with a new plan that would be geared more toward the community's needs. Lucido declined the work initially due to lack of man power to take on a high profile project, but then reconsidered when I asked about the possibility of taking it on for my capstone. The project is temporarily on hold until Lucido can physically allocated firm resources to pursue it. However, I have been given the opportunity to present the final products to Jensen Beach CRA and Lucido and Associates as an initial concept for consideration for future development. After meeting with some CRA board members, and some long time citizens in the community about the initial concept for downtown Jensen Beach, it was very clear that they wanted to be considerate of the present day community. The first plan was going to have a tremendous growth impact with a huge density increase that would primarily benefit the investors and developers. I can not legally obtain the plan, however, I was told by the CRA that it was a high density residential oriented development scheme, and did not address any changes for parking and roadways for the additional density it was proposing. The plan I shall propose shall be different in that I am going to address not only residential development, but commercial, office, retail, and mixed use development, public open space, parking, green infrastructure, stormwater management, and streetscapes that shall enhance and revitalize the downtown, while planning for future growth in Jensen Beach. I felt it was necessary to address the adjacent community, Ocean Breeze, and allocate more appropriate land uses that would allow for a smoother transitional and complement the downtown district.
General Note: Advisor(s): Not listed.
General Note: Includes bibliographic references (52).
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
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    History and background
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    Inventory and analysis
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    Concept development
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    Final masterplan
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