June 2014

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New apartments, park planned in Hollywood

June 30, 2014

By Susannah Bryan, via Sun Sentinel

Sheridan Stationside Village was meant to be a $500 million village with restaurants, shops, a hotel and 1,050 condos extending from the Sheridan Street Tri-Rail station at Interstate 95 all the way to Taft Street.

The project, stalled by the recession, never broke ground.

A new plan coming before city commissioners in November calls for a $60 million Spanish-style apartment complex with 17 three-story buildings. Renters would pay $1,400 to $1,900 a month for one-, two- and three-bedroom units, said Hugo Pacanins, vice president of Ram Development Co.

The Sheridan Station project, a joint venture between Ram and Pinnacle Housing Group, is slated for 22 acres now occupied by two trailer parks that sit on the west side of I-95 and stretch from south of Sheridan Street to Taft Street.

If commissioners give the green light, construction would begin in March 2015 and wrap up by October 2016, Pacanins said.

The neighborhood would also gain a 6-acre city park with a pond, fitness equipment, pet stations and a playground. A coral rock house that has been on the property since the 1940s would remain standing and become part of the park.

Originally built in the 1920s as a wooden house, the historic structure was later moved, remodeled and encased in a limestone facade. The house is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, records show.

“There will be a beautiful park and the coral house will stay right where it is,” Commissioner Linda Sherwood said. “It will be a very nice project.”

Sherwood said she is thrilled to see a revised project finally get under way, even if it has been downsized.

For nearly a decade, Hollywood officials had been hearing about Sheridan Stationside Village, a joint venture between the state Department of Transportation and developers Pinnacle and Ram. The 40-acre project would have merged the state’s 18-acre park and ride lot at Sheridan Street with the developer’s 22-acre parcel.

Now, the parcels will be developed separately. DOT officials still plan to pursue a mixed-use project to help boost ridership on Tri-Rail, said agency spokeswoman Barbara Kelleher.

To make way for the apartment project, more than 100 mobile homes at the Okomo and Colony trailer parks will be demolished.

With dozens of residents moving out in recent years, only 66 families remain, according to Pacanins.

Dozens of oaks, some planted a century ago, surround the home of Michael Miller, who has lived in Okomo since 2009.

It’s a nice place,” Miller said, looking around at the quiet, tree-lined streets. “We hate to see it go.”

When Brian Kowalski moved into Okomo eight years ago, he was told the place would be torn down in a couple years. But with the economic downturn, the closing kept getting delayed.

Now there’s finally some action,” he said. “People are starting to realize it’s finally going to happen.”

Kowalski wondered how many oaks would have to be destroyed to make way for the new apartment complex.

The developer has promised to preserve as many trees as possible. Some will be destroyed, but Pacanins could not say how many.

“We actually put the buildings where we would have the least impact on the existing trees,” he said. “The majority of the trees are staying in their current location.”

Hollywood is asking residents to help brainstorm ideas for the new park and the historic house during a 7 p.m. meeting July 8 at the David Park Community Center, 108 North 33 Court.