Introducing the new waterfront promenade at BLYS on NE 6th Avenue. Ram Realty Advisors turned the former Kmart site into a 12-acre, mixed-use development with open space and a winding public promenade that stretches from the north fork of the Middle River to Oakland Park Boulevard. The City Commission hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to officially open the promenade to the public. BLYS includes 300 residential units and retail space, including the new Sprouts Farmers Market.
The promenade at BLYS is the most recent example of how the city uses creative solutions to increase green space within an urban setting by working with developers to incorporate public open space into new construction projects. Similarly, public green space is also being incorporated into Oak Tree, a development by Pulte Homes located off Prospect Road. Oak Tree features a nine-acre linear greenway that connects to existing walking and jogging trails along NW 44th Street.
“The new promenade at BLYS and the greenway at Oak Tree are adding more than 25 acres of accessible open space to our community,” said Dr. Steve Tinsley, Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development. “We appreciate the developers’ understanding of the importance of providing green space in our community and their thoughtful partnership with the City,” Tinsley continued.
The City will also gain an additional five acres of parkland when the Public Works facility on NE 5th Avenue relocates to the new complex under construction on NE 12th Terrace. The move will free up open space on NE 5th Avenue that will become part of City Park.