Warehouses sit there now, but developers aim to create a new West Palm Beachhotspot for trendy restaurants, bars and businesses. They've started calling this district 'Nora' and here are five things you should know about it:
When you have a destination whose "Main Street" is North Railroad Avenue, you tap those first letters acronym-style and call the area it defines 'Nora'.
Bounded to the west by North Railroad Avenue, Nora is a broad swath of properties north of downtown bounded to the north by Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, to the east by North Dixie Highway and to the south by Seventh Street.
Here’s what we know now about the timeline:
Nora is made up of 72 parcels of land amassed by one of the developers over the past four years. Remaking that swath will cost about $520 million.
Not since the fall of 2000, when CityPlace opened, has West Palm Beach seen a planned redevelopment of this scope.
This project is spearheaded in part by the same developer who brought Wynwood to Miami. That area too began as an industrial district before it was reimagined as an entertainment mecca with restaurants, breweries, art and entertainment.
About 10 restaurants, some local, some regional, will be featured in Nora's first phase, according to developers.
Included in the mix of operators: The owner of the Blink Monk wine bar and tapas restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach, who said he’s planning a Mediterranean restaurant.
Don’t get us wrong: It will be a foodie destination. Nora’s head of leasing said roughly half of the planned warehouse space will be devoted to restaurants.
But that’s not all.
Apartments, a mini department store and an unnamed luxury boutique hotel are among the mix of buildings that developers are planning beyond restaurants and bars.