freshhome Design & Architecture Magazine, lists 13 kitchen trends for 2014. Mixing cool and warm metals in the kitchen is a welcome trend that warms up the industrial look of a stainless steel kitchen. The addition of warm metal fixtures and the custom painted oven door personalizes the space and makes it more inviting without making it too trendy. No 13 makes a bold statement with copper which enhances a traditional timeless style. Number 11 may be making a comeback however I don’t expect it to have widespread acceptance because it is not very functional for a busy life – hard to keep the dust out and the shelves looking neat. A better choice would be some glass panel cabinet doors to store your best dishes and glassware. By the way, I am seeing No. 6 a lot in the homes I visit.See all 13 trends for 2014
Enhancing the quality of life through preservation.
How Geenways Enhance Our Lives
- Provide recreation such as walking, jogging, and bicycling in a natural setting away from traffic
- Enhance natural eco-systems and provide habitat for native wildlife
- Link neighborhoods with parks, schools, community centers, and other neighborhoods
- Helping control storm-water runoff, curb erosion, and minimize flooding
- Improve water quality by buffering streams, filtering pollutants, and recharging groundwater
- Add value to area nearby property
The establishment of greenway systems throughout the United States came about because of the increasing awareness of the benefits of preserving natural undisturbed areas within planned developments for the sake of biological sustainability and enhanced quality of life for people living and working in the region.
The Abacoa Greenways are corridors of relatively intact native plant species and natural habitats weaving through the neighborhoods connecting larger natural areas. Abacoa was jointly developed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Cypress Realty. The developers had sustainability in mind when planning the 2,055-acre, mixed-use community. They set aside 393 acres of land for open space of which 260 became the Abacoa Greenways.
One purpose of the Greenways is to protect the natural environment of wetlands and pine woods which is home to a diversity of wildlife, including birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Another purpose is to provide a 60 acre habitat for the endangered gopher tortoise. It also serves as recreational and educational opportunities for residents. Its main function, however, is to serve as a storm-water management system for the entire community.
Setting aside almost 20% of the land for open space resulted in a greater quality of life for residents of Abacoa. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: The value of Abacoa’s open space was demonstrated by a 2001 survey of residents on the use of the greenway. While only 56 percent of the survey’s respondents had actually used the greenway, 98 percent said the greenway was important to them.
The Greenways are owned and maintained by the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District
The Greenway is open from dawn to dusk. Walk, jog, take pictures and study nature. Catch and release fishing is permitted on all bridges and observation platforms.
The following activities are NOT allowed:
- Use of motorized vehicles
- Bicycling is not allowed in the Greenway, however there are bike trails along the perimeter throughout much of the community
- Alcohol consumption
Hope for the revitalization of Abacoa Town Center rest on a new entertainment complex
Jupiter-based Frank Family Entertainment Group, which in December opened Revolutions in CityPlace in West Palm Beach has plans to bring a 75,000-square-foot entertainment complex to Abacoa Town Center. The complex will be constructed on the vacant site which was the home of now demolished Crown Theater. The complex, CineBowl & Grille would be a within walking distance from Roger Dean Stadium and will feature:
- A dozen luxury movie auditoriums with leather recliners
- A restaurant and bar
- Pool tables
- Video games
- 20 bowling alleys
It is slated to open in late 2015 with hopes that this could be the project that jumpstarts the revitalization of Abacoa’s Town Center.
“(The new entertainment complex) is extremely important to the revitalization of Town Center. With the opening of the hotel, there are more reasons for people to come back here,” said Beth Kelso, executive director of Abacoa Property Owners’ Assembly.