The Andre Design District in Delray Beach is the New Wynwood For The Arts
There’s a new arts district in Palm Beach County, the Andre Design Art District, located at what used to be an industrial park at 1880 Dr. Andres Way in Delray Beach. Colorful graffiti art murals adorn the outside walls, making this area the next Wynwood. What was once an area to be avoided is quickly becoming the hottest destination. It has attracted many funky art galleries, a special events space, breweries, yoga studios, and fashion, music, and wellness tenants.
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Steve and Natalia Michael are local developers, showing Delray Beach residents what innovative development looks like. The Andre Design District is located in an area known as the Congress Corridor, which has been an eyesore for years. The location was industrial. The tenants were discount tire stores, auto repair, welders, and muffler shops. This community-minded couple had the brains and the vision to see the potential that no one else did. As the tenants started leaving, they started making changes.
According to Steve, Delray Beach was a mecca for the arts at one time. It had many art galleries within an area known as the Artist Ally District. Over the last seven years, this district disappeared. Local artists no longer had a community, and downtown became too expensive.
The Andre Design District is named and inspired by Andre Fladell, a well-known Delray Beach power broker with a flair for outrageous and fashionable shoe choices. Fladell had this to say about his namesake new arts district;
“The Andre Design District is a hippie, yuppie, Back to the Future concept. Upon completion, it will be a must-see stop and destination for visitors and residents. The district will be no less of an experience than Wynwood, Greenwich Village, or Santa Monica.” -Andre Fladell “The Prince”
Delray Beach was a sleepy but charming “village by the sea” beach town. Over the last seven years, it’s become a trendy place to live, work, and play. Some don’t want to see a change in their beloved town. They’re concerned about developers changing the feel of the city with too much growth too quickly.
Natalia, who recently became an American citizen, is a beauty and fashion icon in her own right and is the brains behind the special events in the Andre Design District. February 10th is the first Art Walk event, occurring on the second Friday of each month at 6:00 PM. Walk the district and enjoy the art, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy yoga for both children and adults.
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Delray Beach was a place where the most fashion-forward clothing choice was Chicos. Those days are over. Natalia is looking forward to giving Delray Beach a high-end makeover that will become known as a place for fashion and art. Sometime in the next few months, Natalia is bringing a trendy designer to the district to put on a runway fashion show.
Like it or not, Delray Beach is growing and changing. The Andre Design District is an example of development done the right way. This stretch was known for crime and drugs. It wasn’t a place for locals to go. As of last year, this area is now a thriving arts district that attracts locals and tourists. It’s an actual destination. Delray Beach may become the art and fashion capital of Palm Beach County and maybe even Florida.
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