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Suppose you've been anywhere near Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach in recent months. In that case, we're sure you've seen the southwest corner of Swinton and Atlantic, where a major ongoing project is underway to revitalize one of the most historic areas of the city. Sundy Village, named for John Sundy, Delray Beach's first mayor, is part of a massive overhaul of the area that once held storefronts, coffee houses, and the historic buildings that dwelled within. This blog will bring you up to speed on this major undertaking, including its historical significance, preservation efforts, and future plans for the area. 

Preserving History

Following initial forays from pioneers named Linton, Swinton, and Boynton, Delray Beach was officially incorporated on October 9th, 1911. As mentioned before, Sundy Village is named for Delray's first Mayor, John Sundy. Prior to the groundbreaking that left the area in its current state, The Sundy House was a prominent upscale restaurant, event space, inn, and botanical garden that built a ubiquitous reputation for quality and class. The Sundy House joined the Cathcart House (both built in 1902), and The Rectory, built two years prior. The Rectory may be the oldest house in Delray Beach. These three join three other historic homes as part of the preservation process, the first step before any new construction can be completed. In fact, the Cathcart House, with its wraparound upstairs balcony and classic colonial stylings is the visual inspiration for much of the new work being done around it.

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    The Historic Cathcart House with its notable wraparound veranda

A Mixed Use Development Plan

The original development plan was overtaken by Pebb Capital, an entity with over 50 years of investment and development in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area. They revised the original plan, citing that it did not consider the historical significance and preservation of these properties sufficiently. The impetus on preservation is what yielded the opportunity to Pebb, who have planned a sprawling mixed use site including some of the following features: 

  • 96,000 sq ft. of Class A office space across 8 new buildings
  • 26,000 sq ft. of upscale ground floor food and retail space
  • A site-spanning underground parking garage featuring 269 new parking spaces
  • 7,000 square feet of retail space within the preserved homes
  • Numerous courtyards, walkways, and open-air seating areas

A Community-Consulted Project 

The Sundy Village project is made to mesh perfectly with the ever-expanding Delray Beach downtown landscape. This includes the preservation of these historic properties but expands much further. Environmental stewardship is at the core of the project, with buildings expected to feature the latest green technologies and reflect the foremost commitment to energy efficiency. The project will also include 217 new trees to add to Delray's fresh air and greenery. Most importantly, Pebb Capital has been contributor and consulted with the Delray Beach Historical Society, which we ourselves have personally verified in speaking with the archivist. Final delivery and the grand opening of the project is expected to wrap up by the end of 2023. The new Sundy Village appears to be the perfect blend of historical stewardship and future planning, with the fortunate Delray Beach city-goers and residents at the heart of this revitalization.

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