West Palm Beach courts the court with gifts

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Mayor Jeri Muoio

West Palm Beach commissioners next week will consider giving more than $246,000 toward construction of the 4th District Court of Appeal courthouse downtown.

The judges and their consultants asked for city help with improvements to public areas and parking costs for construction workers, because of increased development costs and a tightened state budget for the building, set to go up at Tamarind Avenue and Clematis Street.

The proposed financial aid package, set for a vote May 9 without discussion, includes money for tree grates, irrigation, landscaping and sidewalk lighting. The deal also calls for the city to reduce on-street parking fees on the 700 block of Clematis, Datura and Evernia streets.

To save money, the project team decided to build the project all at once rather than in phases, and to use less expensive materials and methods. But they still came up short.

“After careful consideration of the request, the city and Community Redevelopment Agency feel that the… financial assistance package is appropriate,” the city administration said in its agenda for the upcoming meeting.