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Here's Why the Proposed P3 for "The One-Stop Shop" Doesn't Benefit the PUBLIC

Save this park say no to the P3

A Message from Anthony J. Abbate AIA, LEED AP to the Mayor & Fort Lauderdale City Commission

The proposed P3 for the One-Stop Shop has been THE topic of discussion in recent weeks. But this isn’t a new debate. No, our county has been fighting for well over 10 years to defend the city-owned land parcel at 301 N Andrews Avenue to ensure it becomes Fort Lauderdale’s downtown park. This open green space site really is a gem and deserves to be maintained by the public. Once we designate this land to be used as part of this P3, we will lose it forever. We need to stand up, unite, and use our collective voice to make this space our next community park.

Anthony J. Abbate is doing just that and we should be following his example!

Here’s what he has to say…

Dear Mayor Trantalis, Vice Mayor Glassman, Mr McKinzie, Mr Sorensen, Ms Moraitis, and Mr Lagerbloom:

I have been following conversations and events related to plans for the so-called “Former One-Stop Shop Site” over the years and have some concerns about the current plans for this valuable public site.

In 2015, Flagler Village residents mounted a campaign #OurNextPark to dedicate the 3.5 acre parcel, assessed at over $10m (per the County Property Appraiser), as a public park.  This campaign was mounted around the time a real estate consultant, CBRE, released a report recommending the site for redevelopment.  The site has a long history, and was the site of our city hall until the current municipal facility was erected at 100 N Andrews.  In the 1950s prominent local architects collaborated on design proposals for the mid-century city hall, now demolished.

The site also features a rare Dracaena cinnabari tree in remarkable condition as well as several mature native trees. The site was included in the creation of Flagler Village, spurred on by the “Eastward Ho!” movement as part of a district especially designed to encourage a mix of urban housing. The vision for the area was substantiated by two planning studies funded by the city: A New Vision fo Flagler Heights/Progressoby the noted architect Christopher Alexander and Toward and Urban Village in Flagler Heights, by Charles Euchner (formerly of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University). I worked closely with both Alexander and Euchner, connecting them with residents and property owners – including the late Peter Feldman- and holding neighborhood walks, attending meetings and assisting the city in organizing community forums. Both plans presented frameworks that include parks as an immediate priority as community focal points and centers that anchor the community’s vision for a walkable vibrant public realm.

With wide community support for these plans the DDA requested an implementation plan, developed by Dr Ned Murray (now with the Perez Metropolitan Center at FIU) and me. The Call to Action was a Targeted Improvement Plan that tackled many challenges, again working with the community and defining the public commitments and investments needed to support the private sector redevelopment of the area. The Call to Action reaffirmed the result of the public participatory process to create an eclectic tapestry of mixed uses and architectural preferences sewn together by a network of paths, sidewalks and neighborhood parks.

The level of community engagement is critical. Especially now as the number of residents in the new neighborhood has grown. That growth rests on the promise and prospect of realizing the vision. The success of any plan hinges on the political will to take decisive action.

Flagler Village needs more than the pocket park on NE 3rd Avenue named after Peter Feldman. It also needs the city to make good on its commitments to the public process and improvements to infrastructure as outlined and supported by so many plans developed during the past 3 decades.

An entertainment night-club venue is not a park.

More importantly, after so many years of reiterating the public desire for a park what is needed for you – as current elected leaders – to follow through with that vision? So far discussions have not been transparent about the details of the public-private partnership contemplated by our municipal government. Does the community have a say in the matter? The community has not only made their intentions clear, time and again but have invested in the area based on the vision. That vision – only partially realized and largely at private expense – has yet to see the city’s commitment acted upon.

When will details emerge about the public process for reviewing the disposition of this public land?

While I live nearby, I have been following the development of Flagler Heights for almost 40 years and over those 40 years the lack of transparency has never been more evident than it is today.  I urge you to listen to the voice of the community, supported by several decades of public process.

As it stands, the proposal for “Revolution Live” serves no public purpose.

Sincerely,

Anthony J. Abbate AIA, LEED AP

The One Stop Shop Fort Lauderdale and the P3

We need to follow Mr. Abbate’s lead and join the conversation immediately. We have less than 60 days to show the Fort Lauderdale Mayor and City Commission that this park is OUR PRIORITY! We’ve said it many times but we need to echo this point even louder or our community and future generations will lose out on the last hope of a beautiful and accessible downtown park space!

A Call to Action

We need to email our commissioners and Mayor as soon as possible. Feel free to borrow these talking points in your custom message to our city’s leaders. (emails below)

  1. Please explain how this project meets a public purpose. If the commission intends to allow the P3 to move forward, and if this meets a public purpose, per statue, the public’s interests must be protected.
  2. In his presentations, the developer assured FVCA that the venue would be fully indoor and that the building would be soundproof.  Flagler Village should not inherit the SW 2 Street noise problems. The standard should not be left to some decibel level, since it can be subjective. The standard should be no noise emanating from the building and should be insured in the construction specifications and enforced in the lease covenants.
  3. Flagler Village has been told by the city that apparently this is a cultural activity venue and a public purpose, and NOT a nightclub. The neighborhood should not be inheriting a nightclub on public land. Like the Parker and the BCPA, once the billing is over, will the venue close? What are the proposed hours? Will it be allowed to be used as a nightclub?
  4. The developer stated that the rooftop portion is an event space. Is this going to double as a rooftop bar? What are the hours? How will the sound be muted from the neighborhood? Will it face towards Flagler Village or Downtown?
  5. Flagler Village has been waiting for a public park at the One Stop Shop. The park portion should be designed to be iconic, like other great modern cities.
    Following ULI standards, a great park should have 4 sides. Therefore, the public park should be separated from the music venue by a road and completely apart from the venue. It should be 100% public and not used as an amenity for the venue, and the neighborhood should design the park and not the developer.
  6. A nightclub operator is not in the public park business. In exchange for $10 million/acre, the developer should be required to pay for a neighborhood-designed park
  7. At closing time, large crowds of people will cause a great deal of wear and tear and drop trash nightly onto the public park.  The Developer should pay a separate monthly CAM charge to maintain, clean and program the park.
  8. Since the city commission is choosing to allow an enormous single purpose building on public land, there is an inherent risk that the city may one day have to take it back. The design should be well thought out and the architecture should be iconic and act as a draw for tourism and economic development.
  9. It should not just be a box.  The city should drive the design. Who is the architect?
  10. Where will cars park? A city garage? This should be a revenue stream for the city that could pay for maintenance of the park.
  11. Once a deal is signed, how long will the developer be given to commence construction? There should be a hard date.

Email your Mayor and Commissioners

Mayor Trantalis: [email protected]
Vice Mayor Glassman: [email protected]
Heather Moraitis: [email protected]
Robert McKinzie: [email protected]
Ben Sorensen: [email protected]
City Manager Lagerbloom: [email protected]