Groundbreaking: Tuesday, May 10 • 5 p.m.
Master Plan Modification
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Fiscal Year 2016
- Construction of the Municipal Complex is expected to be complete in Fall 2017.
- The Municipal Complex groundbreaking was on May 10, 2016 and construction started immediately after.
- Kaufman Lynn Construction was awarded the bid at the April 6, 2016 Commission Meeting.
- Bids from four contractors were received back on March 16, 2016.
- Five firms with portfolios and book of businesses that included projects of a similar size to the Municipal Complex were pre-qualified.
- The final construction documents were completed.
Fiscal Year 2015
The conceptual design progressed into a schematic design, then into the design development phase. With the design completed, construction documents progressed to the 50% stage. The Commission decided to increase the size of the garage to 600 spaces by partnering with a developer. The developer will propose a commercial project for the remaining parcel on the site.
Fiscal Year 2014
The City and the CRA proceeded with the process of selling and transferring the CRA owned 2.84 acres of property to the City. The City took the necessary steps to move this project forward. For example, an architect was selected to design the architectural and engineering elements of the complex; the City hired an in-house construction project manager to shepherd the project; a comprehensive space plan was developed; and financing options were explored. The architect, Song & Associates presented the Commission with their conceptual design for the Complex. The Commission approved the concept and recommended that Song & Associates be retained to complete the design and engineering.
The City and CRA asked the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to convene a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to provide advice on the redevelopment of the University – Sample area. The ULI Panel concluded that “the City is well-positioned to use the new City Hall to create the heart that residents want and will achieve their vision for Coral Springs – a small town with big city opportunities. Among the TAP recommendations is to move ahead with a municipal complex on the CRA-owned parcel on the southeast corner of the University/Sample intersection to further establish this area as the heart of Downtown Coral Springs and to instill confidence for private sector investment.
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved a streetscape design to create an attractive, pedestrian-friendly core.
In order to build a larger parking garage, the City of Coral Springs, the CRA, and Amera Corporation (CRA Master Developer) negotiated a tri-party agreement. The garage will support the new Municipal Complex(350 spaces reserved for exclusive use by the City) and the commercial development on the adjacent parcels, known as Phase II and Phase III Parcels (250 spaces for the general public).
The City intends to convey the Parking Garage site to the CRA upon completion and the CRA will operate and maintain the parking garage.
Sample Road Right Turn Lane – 94th Avenue at Sample Road Eastbound
City construction of a right turn lane at 94th and Sample Road in conjunction with the development of the Municipal Complex will improve and enhance the transportation requirements of the new downtown.
The existing City Hall (North) was built in 1966. Since it was originally built as a real estate sales center, it was not designed to serve as a municipal complex. The City moved its operation to the site in 1976 and was intended as a temporary location. The facility is outdated and functionally obsolete. Among its many deficiencies includes a lack of energy efficiency, does not meet many modern ADA accessibility standards, significant security and life safety limitations, is not hurricane-resistant, and lacks sufficient parking and public meeting space. In short, the current structure can no longer service the needs of the community. For example, the City Commission Chambers can only accommodate 37 visitors which is wholly inadequate for a city with 125,000 residents.
A 2007 study concluded that to accommodate the City's operational needs for the next 25 years as well as to consolidate its operation into a single site, a structure of at least 65,000 square feet would be needed or roughly double the size of the current City Hall North structure. In addition, 250 parking spaces would be needed.
The suggested site for building the new municipal complex is near the southeast corner of the University/Sample intersection. The proposed site allows for the development of commercial space and entertainment venues. A mix of uses in and around the municipal complex would create a much-needed identifiable catalyst to draw people to the Downtown area providing a boost to commercial development. It would also enable the City to leverage vertical parking to avoid large stretches of surface parking.