Phase I of Martin Luther King, Jr. Redesign Project Completed

     Delray Beach has recently completed the first phase of its beautification and infrastructure improvement project along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (MLK), also known as NW/NE 2nd Street, which extends from I-95 to the Intracoastal Waterway. The community project was developed following the improvements to SW/NW 5th Avenue at the request of local residents to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to provide for needed streetscape and community improvements. The MLK project expanded the city’s green and sustainable initiatives by continuing its water reclamation project to provide irrigation to the project’s new landscape beautification elements as well as to provide reuse water to Pompey Park (1101 NW2nd Street) and approximately 37 residences for landscaping and irrigation purposes. Converting Pompey Park’s irrigation to reclaimed water is expected to save Delray Beach approximately $35,000 annually in water charges. To date, the total cost for the MLK Beautification Project – Phase I is approximately $1.6 million. Phase II of this project has not been approved for funding at this time and is proposed to include decorative street lighting, connection to a passive park on the Intracoastal, landscaping and sidewalk improvements. For more information contact the Environmental Services Department at (561) 243-7322.