On July 22, 2020, city staff unveiled the designs for four new buildings in Oakland Park. Oakland Park City Commissioners approved next steps in the City’s Comprehensive Facilities Plan. The City’s new Public Works Facility, as well as Fire Stations 9 and 87, will advance to the pre-construction phase, and the design of the N. Andrews Gardens Community Center will move to Phase II. In addition, City Commissioners also approved first reading of the Ordinance to re-zone the CubeSmart property that will house the new Fire Station 20.
Funded by Oakland Park’s $40 million General Obligation Bond, which was approved by 67 percent of voters on November 6, 2018, the Comprehensive Facilities Plan is the cornerstone of the City’s 10-year redevelopment plan. Spearheaded by City Manager David Hebert, the redevelopment plan is targeted for completion in 2029 in tandem with the City’s centennial birthday.
“Our new buildings will be models of urban civic spaces that are sustainable, reliable, safe, and beautiful,” said City Manager David Hebert. “While we remain in challenging times, future construction of these buildings offer several opportunities including lower interest rates and costs for building materials, and the creation of more than 3,000 local jobs created by private development projects planned in Oakland Park.”
In total, the City’s Comprehensive Facilities Plan includes the construction of four new buildings: the Public Works Facility (the completed complex will also include an Emergency Operations Center and two-story parking garage), the N. Andrews Gardens Community Center, Fire Station 9, and Fire Station 20 that will be built by CubeSmart (saving the City $4 to $6 Million) but occupied by the city. The Plan also includes renovations to Park Place at Jaco Pastorius Park, Fire Station 87, and the City’s Municipal Building.
“I am thrilled to see a consistent look throughout these buildings so people can recognize them,” said Mayor Matthew Sparks. Vice Mayor Jane Bolin added, “It certainly is very exciting and speaks to a city on the move. It is incredible that we have been moving forward during this difficult time.”
In addition to the City’s new buildings funded by the bond, the Oakland Park Square project, along North Dixie Highway, is in the pre-development phase. The mixed-use development will feature nearly 35,000 square feet of commercial space, residential apartments, live-work units, on-site parking, and new City Hall offices and additional public space.
“Our plans for continued redevelopment provide an amazing opportunity to build community while celebrating the diversity and multi-generational character of the City of Oakland Park,” said Casey Graham, P.E., Director of Engineering and Building Services.
To view the renderings for the new buildings and learn more about the City’s 10-year redevelopment plan, visit the July 22, 2020 City Facilities Presentation
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On October 3, 2019, the City of Oakland Park celebrated the demolition of the decommissioned wastewater treatment plant located at 5100 NE 12th Terrace. The demolition is the first step to plan to construct a new Public Works Complex and also a larger program for facility improvements to plan, design, and construct as the City begins Building Our 2nd Century.
Opens in New Window 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 plan to replace and modernize the City’s aged and outdated facilities to better meet the needs of our community for the next 100 years.
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. Opens in New Window
How will the bonds affect my taxes? Once all bonds are issued, it is estimated the monthly cost to the median, homesteaded, single-family residence would be less than $10.
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, 2019, the City Commission approved moving forward with master planning of the City Park/Collins area, with the relocation of library services to be included as part of these plans.
How will our Fire-Rescue services be impacted? All three City fire stations will either be rebuilt, relocated or renovated to ensure 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.
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.
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 is 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. 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. Visit designop.org for more information.
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.