Upscale Theater One Step Closer To Delray Debut


By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
iPic has received the political votes it needs to be built, almost.
The most recent set of approvals from commissioners didn’t come without controversy during a lengthy meeting that involved the developer making additional promises and concessions to appease commissioners.
iPic developers promised the outdoor public plaza will not be available for private parties, the city will be able to place police officers outside to control traffic and bill the theater for their service and move their corporate headquarters to the space for a minimum of five years.
Those conditions will be approved in writing in an agreement between the city and developer. That agreement likely will be subject to commission approval.
The project plans to add an eight-screen luxury theater with offices and a parking garage to the former location of the city’s library and chamber of commerce. The project has been in the works since it was selected to come to town by a city agency in 2013.
While some residents still expressed concerns about traffic the project will bring to the city’s downtown and reiterated the theater and office is to big for the space, commissioners were only able to review the waivers before them.
“This isn’t Russia or China,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We can’t force someone to build something where they don’t want.”
Ultimately, the project received enough support to move forward