What is Building Our 2nd Century? The year 2029 will mark the 100th anniversary of the City of Oakland Park. Building Our 2nd Century is a comprehensive facilities plan to replace and modernize the City’s aged and outdated facilities to better meet the needs of our community for the next 100 years.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.
How will the bonds affect my taxes? It is estimated that the monthly cost to the median, homesteaded, single-family residence is less than $10.
How will this affect the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library? A new library will be constructed at the new City Park located at 3900 NE Third Avenue.
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. The City broke ground on Phase 1 of City Park in June 2021.
Is City Hall moving? Yes. City Hall will move to OP Sky, which will be built on the vacant lots on the north and south side of Park Lane East and Dixie Highway. OP Sky is a mixed-used development featuring 16,000 square feet of commercial space, 140 residential units, on-site parking and 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 OP Sky.
What is happening now? The City broke ground on Phase 1 of City Park in June 2021 and plans to complete that project in summer 2022. The City continues to work on designs for the other bond projects.