09 Jun Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hallandale City Center Development
On June 9, 2022, the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA), City Officials, and developer Hallandale City Center LLC marked the beginning of a new era in the City with the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited City Center project.
The site for City Center will be 505 NW 2 Avenue/501 NW 1st Avenue/110 Foster Road; 501 North Dixie Hwy; 605 North Dixie Hwy and 608 NW 1st Avenue. City Center will consist of a approximately 8,000 sq ft. of commercial/ retail space, which will be utilized by a small neighborhood “Green Grocery” store. Two-hundred and seventy parking spaces will be provided, which will serve both the residential and commercial components. Fifty-five of those parking spaces will be set aside perpetually per a redevelopment agreement as public parking for the City of Hallandale Beach. The project will bring together state-of-the-art architectural design, environmental sustainability, and landscape design and will shift significant commercial activity of Hallandale Beach west of the waterfront.
Hallandale Beach City Manager and Executive Director of the HBCRA, Dr. Jeremy Earle praised staff, developer, and officials for the hard work that let to the planning of this project. “When you come back to this property in several years from now it’s going to look very different from how it does today,” said Dr. Earle. “This is one of the biggest projects that the HBCRA has undertaken to date.”
Attendees at the ceremony also heard from Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor, Mike Butler who thanked the developer, Claudia Penas and City Center LLC for their determination, vision, and patience in working with the City over the past several years in bringing the project from conception to launch. Hallandale Beach Commissioner Michele Lazarow also thanked all parties involved for their persistence in working with the City and community for nearly 10 years to reach this milestone.
This mixed-use development is an integral part of the HBCRA’s redevelopment plan for the City of Hallandale Beach. It will help to geographically link several integral redevelopment projects: the Food, Fashion, Art, and Design District (FFADD) to the southeast, Artsquare to the east, Atlantic Village to the northeast, and eventually future redevelopments for the Big Easy Casino property to the north. The HBCRA believes that Hallandale City Center will greatly enhance the emerging dynamics of the city by attracting a variety of residents from families to professionals, and will also be an appealing housing alternative for current residents.
Claudia Penas, representing City Center LLC, expressed her gratitude to the entire City and all of its departments for working with her team to make sure that development plans comply with zoning regulations, correct permitting, and other local procedures for such a large scale project.
Residents of Hallandale Beach’s northwest neighborhoods near the Florida East Coast Railway will benefit from the improvements that City Center will bring to the area in terms of local jobs, beautification, low income housing, and commercial activities. The area, which now consists of several empty lots will soon be transformed into a dynamic mini-metropolis.