1. What is the Duval Street Economic Corridor Resiliency and Revitalization Plan?
It is a plan to identify improvements which will best utilize the Duval Street Corridor as a public space that will benefit the community and its visitors. This will guide future resilience improvements to best protect the Corridor, adjacent buildings, and businesses from extreme weather events.
2. Why is the City doing this project?
Key West is highly vulnerable to climate changes, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms and other environmental events such as rising tides and heavy rainfall. The City is evaluating areas throughout our community that are most at risk. Duval Street is an iconic and critically important economic and social part of our community, and it is the City’s intent to be proactive in protecting it for the decades to come.
3. How is this project being funded?
The project is being funded through a combination of Federal funding through the Rebuild Florida Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation program and through funding from the City of Key West.
4. When will the project start?
Preliminary work has already begun on completing the vulnerability assessment and other data analytics to provide an understanding of current infrastructure conditions and risks. Public involvement will begin in January 2024, and the design process will follow.
5. What on Duval Street will this include?
The planning work will focus on the public right-of-way, from building frontage to building frontage along much of Duval Street and extend the full length of the Corridor. This will include evaluating existing drainage, lighting, landscape, vehicle travel lanes, sidewalks, loading zones, building access, and all other physical elements of the streetscape.
6. When will construction begin?
This process will produce the overall plan for the Corridor. Once completed, the City of Key West will initiate the detailed construction drawings for the pilot segment and will pursue funding to implement the plan and determine a timeline to begin construction. There is no date set for construction.
7. How will this impact my business?
This phase of the process is only to develop the plan. There will be no impact on businesses at this time.
8. What about when the roadway is under construction?
The City of Key West and the consultant team understand the major economic and social role the Corridor has in our City. Therefore, when construction does occur, there will be significant involvement with business and property owners in developing the construction phasing, implementation, and overall strategy to minimize impact to businesses. It is the desire of the City to enable all businesses to remain open throughout this project.
9. Will the City require me to make improvements to my building as a part of this?
No, the City cannot require property owners to make improvements or adapt buildings as they are today, provided they comply with current code requirements. One of the goals of this project is to identify ways in which property owners may “harden” or make voluntary improvements to their buildings to be more resilient to the environmental risks we face – flooding, rising tides, wind, and other potential threats.
10. How much will this project cost to implement?
It is unknown at this time. The cost estimates for any reconstruction or other implementation steps will be developed after the community selects the most suitable long-term solution to enhance and protect the Corridor.