On October 3, 2019, the City of Oakland Park celebrated the demolition of the decommissioned wastewater treatment plant located at 5100 NE 12th Terrace. The demolition is the first step to plan to construct a new Public Works Complex and also a larger program for facility improvements to plan, design, and construct as the City begins Building Our 2nd Century.
What is Building Our 2nd Century? The year 2029 will mark the 100th anniversary of the City of Oakland Park. Building for Our 2nd Century is a comprehensive facilities plan to replace and modernize the City’s aged and outdated facilities to better meet the needs of our community for the next 100 years.
How are these new facilities being funded? Funding for the program comes from a variety of different sources, such as state and federal grants, utilities revenue, public-private partnerships, and the $40 million general obligation bonds approved by over two-thirds of voters in November 2018. Visit the City's Facilities Bond page to learn more.
How will the bonds affect my taxes? Once all bonds are issued, it is estimated the monthly cost to the median, homesteaded, single-family residence would be less than $10.
How will this affect the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library? A new library will be constructed to replace the existing structure. On August 7, 2019, the City Commission approved moving forward with master planning of the City Park/Collins area, with the relocation of library services to be included as part of these plans.
How will our Fire-Rescue services be impacted? All three City fire stations will either be rebuilt, relocated or renovated to ensure they provide optional fire services while making appropriate accommodations for fire staff. There will be no impact to the delivery of fire services during this time.
What is happening at the city park/Collins site? Public Works functions currently located at the property will be relocated to the new Public Works Complex, opening space for other civic uses. The City is in the process of developing a long-term master plan for this site with Zyscovich Architects. Community input will be requested as part of the planning process.
Is City Hall moving? Yes. City Hall will be moving to the vacant lots located on the north and south side of Park Lane East and Dixie Highway. Oakland Park Square is a mixed-used development featuring nearly 35,000 square feet of commercial space, 87 residential apartments, 11 live-work units, on-site parking for 343 vehicles and 29,000 square feet of new City Hall offices and additional public space. This exciting public-private partnership is the first major mixed-use development in the downtown. Oakland Park Square is not funded by general obligation bonds. Upon completion of the new development, current City Hall operations and related activities at the Municipal Building will be consolidated at the new City Hall space in Oakland Park Square. Visit designop.org for more information.
What is happening now? At present, community meetings are being held to solicit public input. Consultants who have been contracted to provide their expertise and plans, along with public input will be presented to the City commission in early 2020. The next community input meeting is scheduled for December 5, 2019 at Collins Community Center