Historic Delray Beach properties set for redo

Proposed revamp of Atlantic and Swinton avenues property
Proposed revamp of Atlantic and Swinton avenues property

Delray Beach’s historic downtown is about to undergo a renaissance, if a major landowner is successful in its plans.

Hudson Holdings and MGM Delray on Wednesday night unveiled plans to the city’s Historic Preservation Board for the restoration and relocation of eight historic buildings along Swinton Avenue.

The project is dubbed Swinton Commons.

See the presentation here.

Hudson Holdings’ Steven Michael said he want to restore the historic homes to their original designs and provide opportunities for artists and galleries to occupy the space.

“We want to do everything we can to rehabilitate and sustain the historic district,” Michael said.

Hudson Holdings, based in Delray Beach-based, in 2014 paid $17.15 million for Tom Worrell’s expansive properties in and around Swinton Avenue, just south of Atlantic Avenue.

Among them: The Sundy House hotel, restaurant and gardens, at 106 South Swinton Ave.

The Swinton Commons project has several elements, the first being to relocate historic structures.

Hudson Holdings’ properties include The Rectory, a former Methodist Church parsonage, built around 1912 and located at the southwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue, east of a check-cashing store.

Then there’s the Cathcart House, built in 1903 in the French Colonial Revival style.

Hudson Holdings wants to incorporate residential, retail, restaurant and office into the historic homes.

Facing Atlantic Avenue, Hudson Holdings wants to create a four-story project featuring shops on the ground floor, offices above that, and two residential floors on top. The company stressed it is proposing building below what is allowable by the city and it is also cleaning up unsightly properties, including the check cashing stores and surface parking lots that discourage pedestrian traffic.

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Hudson Holdings also owns the Gulfstream Hotel in Lake Worth.

The company submitted plans to the city in December for the redo of the property but Wednesday’s presentation marks the first time the developer has presented its ideas to the public.

Author: Alexandra Clough

Alexandra Clough covers business for the Palm Beach Post. She has written real estate, law, economic development, banking, retail and high-tech stories for the Post for more than 20 years.

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