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Posted on: August 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Oakland Park Releases RFQ to Redevelop Six Acres on Dixie Highway

map of development site

The City of Oakland Park today released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to redevelop six acres of property on Dixie Highway, between NE 38 Street and NE 36 Street. The site includes the current location of City Hall, which will relocate to the vacant lots on the west side of Dixie Highway as part of a public private partnership with NR Investments. Results of a recent market study place the value of the property in excess of $9 million. 

The site is also adjacent to the proposed train stop location. The Florida Department of Transportation is considering Oakland Park as a location for a stop on a commuter rail line, which would run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks along Dixie Highway. The city is looking for a developer to create a mixed-use hub that includes high-quality residential and commercial space, a commuter train stop, urban green space, and public parking.

“I am really excited to redevelop our downtown properties and create a vibrant destination for residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Mayor Jane Bolin. “We have a unique opportunity to stimulate our economy, increase mobility and walkability, and shape the future of Oakland Park.”

The city-owned sites (Parcel 1 and 2 in enclosed map) consist of 4.072 acres located on the east side of NE 12 Avenue and north and south of NE 37 Street. Oakland Park has secured willing seller statements for two privately held parcels noted as Parcel A and B, which brings the site to six acres. Existing recreational amenities on the city lots will be relocated to Greenleaf Park as part of the redevelopment project.

The City awarded an urban design planning services contract to Zyscovich Architects in November 2018 and has since conducted several public meetings to gather community input on redevelopment. Residents have expressed a desire for downtown growth to incorporate a mix of residential, retail, parking, and public gathering spaces. 

The City of Oakland Park is centrally located in Broward County, approximately two miles west of Fort Lauderdale Beach and eight miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. The development project brief is available online at RFQs are due Sept. 14, 2021, at 4 p.m. 

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