A plan for micro-apartments that would change the mix of West Palm Beach residential options got the approval of the Downtown Action Committee Wednesday morning. The city commission is scheduled to vote on final approval Monday.
The DAC unanimously approved developer Jeff Greene’s Banyan Place project, a 12-story building at the corner of Banyan Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue that would include 348 apartments that range in living area from 340 to 560 square feet.
Greene has said he hopes to rent the units for under $1,000 a month, well below the going rate for full-sized downtown apartments.
The project includes an extra plus for denizens of downtown: opening a pedestrian passageway on its east side, from Banyan to Clematis Street, connecting through the courtyard of popular Subculture Coffee on Clematis. Currently that area is an alley that dead-ends in the middle, preventing any connection between the boulevard and street.
Also planned for that passageway, which is a 20-foot-wide strip between the apartment building and a city garage: A venture associated with Subculture plans to build a recreational climbing wall on the side of the garage.
There’ll be lighting and landscaping along the passageway as well.