Ta­ma­rac Vil­lage to rise af­ter decade of de­lays

2006 plans have changed; 2019 com­ple­tion ex­pected

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - MONEY - By Lisa J. Huri­ash Staff writer lhuri­ash@sun­sen­tinel.com, 954-572-2008 or Twit­ter @LisaHuri­ash

A va­cant strip of land meant to be­come Ta­ma­rac’s down­town is on the verge of con­struc­tion.

The $80 mil­lion project — known as Ta­ma­rac Vil­lage — calls for the de­vel­op­ment of 401 rental apart­ments within 13 fourstory build­ings on land si­t­u­ated at the north­east­ern cor­ner of North­west 94th Av­enue and Com­mer­cial Boule­vard. It in­cludes a two-story club­house for res­i­dents and three build­ings for com­mer­cial space, to­tal­ing more than 44,000 square feet. There also will be land set aside for a city park.

Ta­ma­rac spokes­woman Elise Bos­ton said ground­break­ing is ex­pected in the next few months. The en­tire project won’t be fin­ished until late 2019.

“I’m de­lighted we are as close as we are,” Mayor Harry Dressler said. “It’s an im­mense project, and it takes a huge amount of time. I’ve been pa­tient for years, I can be pa­tient for a few more months.”

Dressler said the plans will al­low peo­ple “to come and meet and eat and do things.”

John K. Markey, of JKM De­vel­op­ers, said through his as­sis­tant that he would not com­ment on the project.

Ta­ma­rac Vil­lage has been more than a decade in the mak­ing. It orig­i­nally was en­vi­sioned to be called Main Street.

Be­tween 2006 and 2013, the city spent $16.6 mil­lion to buy 17 prop­er­ties for the city cen­ter, in­clud­ing empty land, an old bank build­ing and a syn­a­gogue.

The vi­sion has changed over time: In­stead of stretch­ing to Univer­sity Drive, the project is now con­fined to the border of Pine Is­land Road. Plans to build an over­pass to ease pedes­trian traf­fic were scratched, as was an early plan to as­sess a hand­ful of sur­round­ing busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a nurs­ing home and hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to pay for it all, which quickly be­came a pub­lic re­la­tions nightmare for the city.

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Ta­ma­rac Vil­lage will in­clude 401 rental apart­ments within 13 four-story build­ings on land si­t­u­ated at the north­east­ern cor­ner of North­west 94th Av­enue and Com­mer­cial Boule­vard.

The com­mu­nity in­cludes a two-story club­house for res­i­dents and three build­ings for com­mer­cial space, to­tal­ing more than 44,000 square feet.

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