The revitalization of Coleman Park provided an opportunity to study the existing architectural and urban design patterns of one of West Palm Beach, Florida's oldest African-American neighborhoods. It was important to document the architectural and urban design patterns of the community through digital photographs and building conditions surveys.
The documentation was used to guide the authorship of a future land use amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan to promote appropriate land uses and development patterns consistent with the character of the community.
In order to regulate future growth and development and develop standards for new construction, a zoning overlay was developed for the neighborhood and codified for the city’s zoning and land development regulations.
In addition, neighborhood residents and business owners produced an action plan for Coleman Park and the adjacent Northwest neighborhood. The plan analyzes existing conditions; recommends achievable goals for a neglected commercial corridor that traverses both neighborhoods; and serves as a guide to support reinvestment in the community.