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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Oakland Park: Building Our 2nd Century

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On October 3, 2019, with the demolition of Public Work’s wastewater treatment facility, the City of Oakland Park kicked off the first step of the Comprehensive Facilities Program, a larger program of planning, design, and construction as the City begins Building Our 2nd Century.  The building effort is anticipated to be a 10-year program, with completion in time for Oakland Park’s Centennial Celebration in 2029. View the Architect's Master Plan and Design Guidelines presentation. Learn more about the City's current Bond and Financing plans. The next community input meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Collins Community Center. View/download the meeting flyer.

1. What is Building Our 2nd Century?                              
The year 2029 will mark the 100th anniversary of the City of Oakland Park.  Building Our 2nd Century is a comprehensive facilities program to replace and modernize the City’s aged and outdated facilities to better meet the needs of our community for the next 100 years.

2.  How are these new facilities being funded?
Funding for the program comes from a variety of different sources, such as state and federal grants, utilities revenue, public-private partnerships, and the $40 million general obligation bonds approved by over two-thirds of voters in November 2018.

3. How will the bonds affect my taxes?
Once all bonds are issued, it is estimated that the monthly cost to the median, homesteaded, single-family residence would be less than $10.

4. How will this affect the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library?           
A new library will be constructed to replace the existing structure.  On August 7, the City Commission approved moving forward with master planning of the city park area, with the relocation of library services to be included as part of these plans.

5. How will our Fire-Rescue services be impacted?           
All three city fire stations will either be rebuilt, relocated or renovated to insure they provide optional fire services while making appropriate accommodations for fire staff. There will be no impact to the delivery of fire services during this time. 

6. What is happening at the city park/Collins site?           
Public Works functions currently located at the property will be relocated to the new Public Works Complex, opening space for other civic uses.  The City is in the process of developing a long-term master plan for this site with Zyscovich Architects.  Community input will be requested as part of the planning process.   

7. Is City Hall moving?   
Yes. City Hall will be moving to the vacant lots located on the north and south side of Park Lane East and Dixie Highway.  Oakland Park Square, a mixed-used development featuring nearly 35,000 square feet of commercial space, 87 residential apartments, 11 live-work units, on-site parking for 343 vehicles and 29,000 square feet of new City Hall offices and additional public space will be constructed.  This exciting public-private partnership is the first major mixed-use development in the downtown.  Oakland Park Square is not funded by general obligation bonds.   Upon completion of the new development, current City Hall operations and related activities at the Municipal Building will be consolidated at the new City Hall space in Oakland Park Square. 

8. What is happening now? At present, community meetings are being held to solicit public input. Consultants who have been contracted to provide their expertise and plans, along with public input, will be presented to the city commission in early 2020.  

Master Plan and Design Guidelines Presentation
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