Apart­ment com­plex com­ing to Oak­land Park

Dixie High­way project will also fea­ture new City Hall and shops

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Brit­tany Wallman

A prom­i­nent part of Oak­land Park will be re­shaped with a midrise apart­ment com­plex, shops and a new City Hall, un­der a plan that won ap­provals Wed­nes­day night.

The pub­lic-pri­vate, mixed-use devel­op­ment will span from North­east 37th to 39th streets, along North Dixie High­way in Oak­land Park. Dixie will be lined with new shops. The green, south­ern-style City Hall with a cov­ered front porch will be re­placed by a sleek, mod­ern ver­sion of glass, con­crete and steel.

Oak­land Park is just the lat­est to seek new city digs, as Broward County ages past the 100-year mark.

Fort Laud­erdale, Laud­erdale-by-the-Sea, Boyn­ton Beach, Da­nia Beach and Broward County are among those work­ing on new gov­ern­ment build­ings. Coral Springs, Mi­ra­mar and Wil­ton Manors have rel­a­tively new City Halls.

Un­der Oak­land Park’s deal, the city sold the prop­erty at 3700-3855 N. Dixie High­way last year for $2.5 mil­lion to In­te­gra

Real Es­tate LLC of Mi­ami. The city will lease space from the pri­vate de­vel­oper, on the ground floor and the sixth floor of the south­ern build­ing, for City Hall. The lease term is 15 years, with two five-year op­tions to ex­tend it. The lease starts at

$26.07 per square feet and in­creases over the years.

City com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously agreed Wed­nes­day to al­low In­te­gra to build be­yond the usual height — to 68 feet tall — and to in­clude the res­i­den­tial units, key ap­provals nec­es­sary to ad­vance the project, dubbed Oak­land Park Square.

The com­plex will rise on two va­cant city blocks on the west side of North Dixie High­way, sep­a­rated by North­east 38th Street. The cur­rent City Hall is about

500 feet south­east, at 3650 N.E. 12th Ave.

The new City Hall en­trance will be along the south side of 38th Street, be­tween North­east 11th Av­enue and North Dixie High­way, ac­cord­ing to a traf­fic anal­y­sis by Kim­ley Horn. The anal­y­sis pre­dicted the project would add

120 cars to the roads dur­ing morn­ing rush hour, and 103 dur­ing even­ing rush hour.

The project in­cludes:

■ 87 res­i­den­tial units and 11 live-work units.

■ 34,600 square feet of ground floor re­tail/com­mer­cial space.

■ 29,000 square feet of City Hall space.

■ A park­ing garage with at least 343 park­ing spa­ces.

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