Railroad Servicing Facility Proposed In Delray Beach

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A developer wants to build a railroad car repair and service buildings plus another industrial building off of the train tracks in Delray Beach.

The 12.3-acre site at 2101 S. Congress Ave. is owned by Hardrives Paving owner George T. Elmore, and the application concerns a 4.3-acre portion of the property. It sits off the Florida Department of Transportation-owned tracks just west of Interstate 95.

The applicant is listed as Florida Railroad LLC, managed by West Palm Beach attorney Phillip Ward III. Ward couldn’t be reached for comment.

Elmore said he’s under contract to sell the 4.3-acre portion of his site to Florida Railroad LLC, but he couldn’t say more about the identity of the buyer. He said they would utilize the existing railway link to his property. He said it has nothing to do with the rail cars currently running on that track.

The project is set for a heading before the Delray Beach Site Plan Review and Appearance Board on Aug. 26.

A rendering of the proposed railroad car repair building in Delray Beach

A rendering of the proposed railroad car repair building in Delray Beach

The developer would build a 43,882-square-foot facility for railroad car repair and service plus a 44,220-square-foot industrial buildings, with 24,360 square feet of the facility used as a warehouse.

Bradley D. Miller, of Miller Land Planning, represents the applicant. The architect is Harvard Jolly.

The railroad line runs from Miami through Palm Beach County. It’s used by CSX Corp. for freight and Tri-Rail for passenger trains.

Officials from CSX, Tri-Rail and All Aboard Florida – a passenger line coming to the Florida East Coast Railway further east – all said they weren’t aware of the proposal. FDOT couldn’t be reached for comment.


Source: SFBJ

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