Frank Palen, Esq., AICP
Attorney, Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator LLP
in West Palm Beach
Frank S. Palen, ESQ., AICP, is a Partner in the law firm of Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator LLP in West Palm Beach, where he represents several special purpose local governments and practices in the areas of special districts, land use, land development and real estate. His firm specializes in representing local government special districts (including a variety of improvement, drainage and community development districts throughout Florida) and financing of public infrastructure. From 1984 to 1989, Frank served in the Palm Beach County Zoning Division, including as Director of Zoning. Thereafter, he was in-house counsel for several large land development companies in Palm Beach County. An urban planner with experience in such diverse areas as air quality, parks and recreation, urban design, historic preservation, and neighborhood housing revitalization, Frank was admitted to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 1999. From 1994 to 2002, he served as a member and Chair of the City of Lake Worth Planning and Zoning Board, where he was principal author of the City's Historic Resources Preservation Code. Frank served as staff to the U.S. National Commission on Neighborhoods (1979), as a Lecturer in Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, and as a Lecturer for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the Florida Redevelopment Association, and the Florida Association of Special Districts. He currently serves as a Lecturer in America Planning Law for the AICP Exam Prep Course 3.0. He was admitted to the practice of law in Florida (1989), New York (1976) and Washington State (1974). He received his B.A. (cum laude) from Allegheny College and his J.D. (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78
BY FRANK PALEN, ESQ., AICP
@ VOL 18
ON SEP 24, 2016
“Think of me as a time traveler. I’m going to take you back to a place called Buffalo in the 1970s.”
In Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78 from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, attorney and urban renewal advocate, Frank Palen, recalls the creation of a historic district for theatre and culture from a once abandoned rust belt urban core. From 1977 to 1979, Palen was Research Associate in the Center for Community Research and Development at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design, serving as Coordinator of the Buffalo Entertainment District Project. The University at Buffalo’s graduate studio investigated the potential of promoting a theater district in what was then an increasingly abandoned section of Downtown, despite various setbacks and a challenging political climate. The result was a very high-profile effort that set an agenda for the redevelopment of Buffalo that continues today.