OAKLAND PARK, FL (Dec. 12, 2022) – The future home of Oakland Park’s City Hall, the Sky Building project, broke ground at 12:30 p.m. today at 3701 North Dixie Highway. The Sky Building is an innovative mixed-use, public/private partnership between the City of Oakland Park and developer NR Investments and represents $48 million in private investment to the City.
“The Sky Building jumpstarted the revitalization of our downtown. We are excited for the economic development opportunities it will bring as well as being a catalyst to create a walkable downtown area and help support local businesses,” said Mayor Aisha Gordon.
Designed by Zyscovich Architects, the project encompasses two buildings connected by a skybridge, which will include 136 residential units ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. One hundred and nineteen units are residential and 17 are “live/work” spaces. There will be 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and more than 300 total parking spaces. The developer will designate at least 20% of the units affordable at 120% of the area median income (AMI) and 80% of the units within 140% AMI.
“As we approach our centennial in 2029, the addition of the Sky Building demonstrates our commitment to providing an outstanding community for all to enjoy while maintaining and building on the small-town charm that we love about Oakland Park,” said City Manager David Hebert.
The City of Oakland Park will be the building’s landmark tenant with City Hall offices located on the first and fifth floors of the south building. Public parking will be on the second through fourth floors. Moving City Hall is part of an effort to relocate services across Dixie Highway to the west side of Oakland Park to strike a greater balance of operations where more of the City’s population resides. The City is making significant investments in the west to demonstrate a commitment to the broader community and a desire to provide resources and opportunities to help all residents and businesses thrive and succeed.
“It’s been a great privilege to partner with the City of Oakland Park to design a transformative project that we hope will become a new civic, residential, and commercial center for the community. Getting to this groundbreaking ceremony was a hugely important milestone, and now we can’t wait to see the project completed,” said Nir Shoshani, Principal of NR Investments.
“The groundbreaking today will allow the transformation of the 'old' City Hall into a vibrant mixed-use development that shows the rapid evolution of Oakland Park into a diverse and exciting city where people can live, work and play," said Ken Krasnow, Vice Chairman of Institutional Services for the Florida region of Colliers. "The City's vision and leadership have been key in taking the bold move to move City Hall and by bringing a transit-oriented development that will improve residents' quality of life by promoting the use of mass transit, walkability and sustainability.”