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DFB Awarded Grant for NE 3rd Ave Improvements
The City of Deerfield Beach, in partnership with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO), has been selected to receive a grant of $20,000 through the 2021 AARP Community Challenge. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. AARP selected the City of Deerfield Beach and the BMPO’s collaborative project amongst over 3,500 nationwide applicants. Submitted applications spotlighted projects that improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.
The City of Deerfield Beach teamed up with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization to temporarily redesign NE 3rd Avenue between Sample Road and NE 44th Street. The aim is to make it a safer and more comfortable street for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers based on input provided by you the community! This temporary project, also known as a “QuickBuild” project, will transform NE 3rd Avenue for six months, at a lower cost than permanent improvements. The project will be evaluated so that the project team and community can see what works (and what doesn’t!) for a future, long-term solution to the street. To learn more about this quick build project check out the following links:
Project overview: https://www.browardmpo.org/tactical-urbanism
This pilot project could use materials like traffic paint, durable plastic planters, delineator posts, and artistic asphalt elements, with no excavation of the existing roadway. This means that raised barrier elements would be used to represent potential future concrete curbs, for example, and existing curbs will not be altered.
The AARP Community Challenge is a grant program to make tangible improvements to communities that jump-start long-term change. It is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. To learn more, visit aarp.org/Livable.
For more information, you can contact the Planning and Development Department of Deerfield Beach at 954-480-4206. You can also reach out to the Broward MPO’s Communications Manager, Jamie Champion Mongiovi, 850-559-7003, email@example.com