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Oakland Park Takes The Next Step Toward Its Second Century With Plans to Redevelop Downtown OP

The City of Oakland Park is growing by leaps and bounds and on Monday the City released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the redevelopment of six acres of property in Downtown Oakland Park. The land to be redeveloped is on Dixie Highway, between NE 36 Street and NE 38 Street. The six acre site includes the current City Hall and the area surrounding it. According to a recent study the property is worth in of $9 million.

Looking Ahead for the Future of Oakland Park

The area being offered for redevelopment is next to a prospective rail stop. The prospective train stop will be for a commuter rail line that will run along the Florida East Coast Railway line that cuts right through the heart of Oakland Park along Dixie Highway. The Florida Department of Transportation has not yet made a decision about if the stop will definitively be in Oakland Park or not, so stay tuned to LivingInOaklandPark.com for updates!

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The City is not looking for any developer. In fact, the City is very specific about the type of developer it likes to bring in. It must be a developer whose vision is compatible with that of the City’s.  This was clear when they chose a NRI to develop the Sky Building on the west Dixie lots. 

To that end 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. All hallmarks of new Oakland Park. 

“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.”

Parcel 1 and 2, which are city-owned sites are 4.072 acres and are situated on the east side of NE 12 Avenue and north and south of NE 37 Street. The owners of Parcel A and Parcel B, which are privately owned, have submitted willing seller statements for their respective parcels. The City’s recreational amenities will be moved to Greenleaf Park as part of the area’s redevelopment. 

Bulding Oakland's Park 2nd Century

This plan to redevelop the heart of Oakland Park is another step toward the City’s goal of building a bright future for Oakland Park’s Second Century.  This latest step is just one part of an overall plan for a new Oakland Park that includes new land development regulations, new public infrastructure, emphasis on business-friendly practices, and innovative policies that support public-private partnerships and private investment.

Over the past two years the City has worked steadily with residents, architects, urban designers and other stakeholders to insure that when Oakland Park celebrates its centennial, it will be in grand style with a modern new look and feel. 

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*LivingInOaklandPark.com is an independent publication, not affiliated with the City of Oakland Park.

Desiree Avila

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Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.

Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.

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