Thoroughfare is a pop-up market that showcases an eclectic group of merchants piloting their concepts on the porch at 314 Clematis Street. At Thoroughfare, merchants will be selling a wide array of products including food and beverage, clothing, greenery and more. The Thoroughfare pop-up will remain in place until construction in the building commences. The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is responsible for introducing this innovative marketplace and retail hub to Downtown West Palm Beach, thanks to a collaboration between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Thoroughfare is located at the historic 1922 site of the original West Palm Beach Woolworth’s department store. The Art Deco façade remains untouched despite nearly a century of surrounding changes. This project is made possible due to generous donations from both the John S. and the James L. Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge Fund.
Director of Economic Development
City of West Palm Beach
Responsible for administering proactive strategies, policies and innovative economic development plans and programs related to business attraction, retention, and stimulating economic growth for the City of West Palm Beach. Responsible for the development of communication strategies and programs that promote economic development, its accomplishments, services, and innovations in order to attract and retain employers.
WPB Downtown Development Authority
Has been contributing to the improvement and renewal of the Downtown District since 2006. A self-described urbanist, Clemente is an advocate for the Downtown community and works hand in hand with stakeholders to address issues affecting the area. As a lifelong resident of the area, he combines local knowledge with over a decade of experience in urban planning, community development and project management to move Downtown West Palm Beach towards the DDA’s long term goals: economic strength, vibrancy, sustainability and improved quality of life for residents.
Manager of Urban Placemaking
WPB Downtown Development Authority
An advocate for common sense urbanism, incremental urban planning, and testing of demonstration and pilot studies. Muriente brings an expertise in community engagement that activates place through action. Muriente has curated and managed large-scale community engagement projects that use urban acupuncture and placemaking techniques and processes for community-led interventions, alleyway restorations, and urban studies. In the past, she has worked and collaborated Street Plans, Happy Cities, Gehl Architects, amongst others.
WPB Community Redevelopment Agency
Allison Justice is a certified Redevelopment Professional currently serving as the Interim Director of the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. In her current role with the West Palm Beach CRA, Allison oversees budgets for the two West Palm Beach CRA districts, which total over $42M annually. She is currently the CRA’s project manager for major streetscape projects throughout Downtown West Palm Beach, including the Clematis Streetscape and the Thoroughfare at 314 Clematis. Allison led a successful Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project on the 300, 200 and 100 Blocks of Clematis, which finished on time and on budget. She is passionate about redevelopment through enhanced walkability, improved public spaces and regulations that are driven by economics and good design practices that encourage urban development.