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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wednesday's Hollywood CRA mtg. features Chip Abele's Block 55 LLC/1740 Polk Street project -inc. the new Publix- getting units from RAC for hotel

Above, looking west at Hollywood City Hall. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Chip Abele's Block 55 LLC/1740 Polk Street project -including a new Publix- looks to be getting an additional 25 units from the RAC for a hotel component.
Wednesday's 10 a.m. Special/Joint Hollywood City Commission/CRA meeting features the return of our old controversial friend, Block 55, who has been the subject of so many posts here, and LONG meetings at Hollywood City Hall for yours truly the past few years.
Like actually running out of memory cards and rechargeable batteries after well over two hours of video-recording LONG.

And, of course, the city will likely be pulling the financial plug on the Holocaust Documentation Center.

I had planned on being at this meeting but won't be able to attend after all.

Here's the two agenda items for Block 55:

Proposed modifications will result in the following thresholds:
397 residential units
104 hotel rooms (52 residential units)
15,000 sq ft (approx.) ground floor retail/office
46,031 sq ft (approx.) regional grocery chain (Publix)
941 car parking garage including grocery chain

Proposed building height are as follows:
Publix- 24’ (2 stories)
Parking garage- 94’ (8 stories)
Hotel- 114’ (10 stories)
Residential buildings range from - 224’ (22 stories) to 266’ (25 stories)

Looking northwest on Tyler Street -north of the Publix. At left is the two condo towers comprising Hollywood's former #1 condo-mania case study, The Radius, off of U.S.-1 -with Starbucks on the ground floor. On the right is the much-older Town House Apt. complex and the advertising billboard on the Abele property, both of which which will be knocked down. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

A much closer view of the shot above looking northwest from Tyler Street. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Even closer, peeking over the fence, looking northwest from Tyler Street. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Looking due north over the fence towards Polk Street. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Looking northeast over the fence on Tyler, with the Hollywood Beach Country Club & Golf Resort two blocks north in the distance. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Looking due south on Tyler Street towards Equity One's Young Circle Shopping Center retail complex, which includes a Publix, Walgreens, Subways and a news stand among other things. (The latter being where I used to buy the Daily Business Review.) November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Looking northeast from the south side of Tyler Street towards N. 17th Street. November 1, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


The Street View on Google Maps looking northwest from the intersection of Tyler Street and N. 17th Street, Hollywood, FL.

The regular Hollywood City Commission meeting is at 1 p.m.

FYI: In case you have had this problem in the past, too, I was at Hollywood City Hall Tuesday afternoon and happened to have the chance to talk to City Clerk Patricia Cerny about some problems this past summer with the online agendas and video archives NOT activating unless you use Internet Explorer -a problem I've previously mentioned here at the blog- which she didn't know anything about but has promised she'd investigate.

It's not unlike the problem the Broward County Commission used to have a few years ago with streaming of their meetings.
You could only do it using Internet Explorer, but there wasn't anything on the website saying so. Now you can watch them at home or work using other browsers.

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