Sundy House redevelopment: Changes coming to downtown Delray Beach

Developers share plans for Sundy House area

DELRAY BEACH - Well known stores, apartments, a renovated historic village; they're all coming to Delray Beach.

A developer recently purchased the Sundy House and surrounding property south of Atlantic Avenue along Swinton Avenue in downtown.

Hudson Holdings has big plans for the roughly 7-acre area.

According to Steve Michael, a principal with Hudson Holdings, the group will restore the historic homes surrounding the Sundy House. Then, crews will move the restored homes off their foundations and organize them into a historic village at SW 1st Street and S Swinton Ave, across from the Sundy House.

Michael envisions boutique shops and yoga studios opening up in the remodeled homes which he said will maintain their historic traits and significance.

One block over on SE 1st Ave and SW 1st Street, Michael plans on building a hotel with more than 120 beds.

And where the historic homes currently sit, from Atlantic Ave to SW 1st Street along Swinton Ave, Hudson Holdings will build a retail and office center.

"We're going to bring a new renaissance of retail," explained Michael.

He told NewsChannel 5 he is negotiating with big-name national retailers to move it, but he can't reveal their names.

His group also wants to bring more life to the Sundy House which is often used for weddings. It will expand the area used for ceremonies and upgrade the restaurant.

Aviva Samuels, a wedding planner with Kiss the Planner, says that is good news for brides.
 
"For a bride who wants to get married in Delray Beach, they have more options. They have the option to invite more guests now. They're not limited to their guest size because of the small venue size," she explained.

Just east of the Sundy House, seven other private projects are planned for development over the next five years. Some are breaking ground later this month.
 
"I think it's just filling in south of Atlantic, SOFA, it's its time to become part of our beautiful downtown," explained Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Marjorie Ferrer.
 
She said Delray Beach will keep it's charm while offering more places to shop and live.

Nearby resident Barbara Cooper is anxious to see how it all turns out. She says parts of the area are in need of a facelift, but she has concerns about traffic and maintaining the historic feel.

"We're hopeful it'll be all for the good," she said.

It'll be years before the retail stores pop up in her neighborhood on Swinton Ave. The developer has to finish the site plans, then present them to the city for approval and keep moving down the process.

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