It’s no secret, especially for South Floridians that Delray Beach has changed dramatically in the past few years. What was once a small-town downtown street full of mom-and-pop shops and a few charming restaurants has become a chic, hip destination with dozens of shops, dining options, and bars. The influx of visitors and new residents prompts growth within Delray Beach and with Congress Avenue just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Atlantic Avenue, there’s no wonder why speculators say it will be the next hot spot.
Marked nearly 10 years ago, Office Depot moved its headquarters from Delray Beach to Boca Raton. As a result, Delray Beach made plans to rezone Congress Avenue as a hot spot. However, when the recession hit, the city’s vision of growth for Congress Avenue was postponed.
Now, a 30-member committee believes Congress Avenue could finally undergo a developmental transformation similar to the renewal of Atlantic Avenue. As Congress Avenue connects to South Florida’s Tri-Rail, the city aims to utilize and perfect what is already in place. The committee has created a MROC zoning region, or “Mixed Residential, Office and Commercial” district. This would be akin to Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue; which has an incredible combination of contemporary housing, shopping, nightlife and work environments.
Congress Avenue’s renovations would focus on providing a luxury lifestyle to those who choose to call it home. By building more residential areas, offices and entertainment upon Congress Ave's 4 mile stretch of road, the city which has already been voted "Best of the Road - Most Fun Small Town in America" by Rand McNally & USA Today, will only improve. Delray Beach has been projected as seeing massive expansion in the coming years, and Engel and Voelkers Boca Raton and Engel and Voelkers Delray Beach has previously been meeting the regions ever growing demand for quality service in its premium luxury real estate needs. As the city continues to flourish, Engel & Voelkers will be ready to continue leading the way in Delray Beach’s development.