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Monday, October 22, 2012

Important meeting tonight at Hollywood City Hall re the future redevelopment of the South Park Road Redevelopment Site, a brownfield, and a golden opportunity for out-of-the-box ideas and thinking


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Meant to post this bit of useful information on Saturday morning, since it represents a golden opportunity for residents, activists and interested entrepreneurs to show some vision and out-of-the-box thinking that could create something unique there that will be a destination -if done right.
This area can certainly use more of that

In case you forgot, it's got great proximity to I-95, is near the on the north side of Pembroke Road/State Road 824, opposite the huge Coca-Cola bottling and distribution facility in Pembroke Park, and is a few blocks west of Hollywood's 36-hole Championship  Orangebrook Golf & Country Club.
http://www.jcdsportsgroup.com/orangebrook-golf-country-club

Wish I still had that ten-year stack of Preservation magazines I had in my garage when I lived in Arlington, VA, published by the The National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of my favorite groups and favorite magazines. http://www.preservationnation.org/
http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/#.UIV7VW_A-So

I distinctly remember reading many interesting stories in it about communities around the country that figured out a way to come together to use both common sense and inspiration to help revitalize brownfields -and other similar sites with some degree of commercial contamination short of that official designation- to make something positive happen in their towns.
http://www.preservationnation.org/search-results.html?cx=012332512725415726220%3All6q0vntfdq&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q="brownfield"&sa=Search&siteurl=www.preservationnation.org%2Fmagazine%2F&ref=www.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26source%

See in particular the reader comments on an industrial adaptive reuse venture in Bethlehem, PA, though Hollywood has more flexibility because none of the building there now are histioric.
http://blog.preservationnation.org/2011/06/15/remembering-the-importance-of-industrial-heritage/

Doubtless, after what was probably lots of controversy, with some residents not caring what went up there because they thought anything would be an improvement, while others engaged in micro-managing what was there, often with the results that nothing happened for years.
The latter would be a bad outcome for Hollywood, which is why the more ideas the better.

I've slightly edited the email below that I received from the City of Hollywood on Friday.


Meeting tonight at Hollywood City Hall re the future of the South Park Road Redevelopment Site


The Department of Community and Economic Development is holding a public meeting regarding the South Park Road Redevelopment Site, formerly the Hollywood Incinerator Ash Dump, on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Room 219.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for has announced funding availability to carry out cleanup activities at a specific brownfield sites.  The City of Hollywood is interested in applying for a grant for the purposes of cleaning up environmental concerns on the South Park Road site.  

This public meeting is the first step in moving forward with the potential redevelopment of this site and discussions will include funding availability and process and community support of grant efforts to address existing environmental concerns.  Community participation is essential in City projects and your feedback during this public meeting is encouraged. 

All interested groups or individuals are invited to attend this public meeting.  If you are interested in providing feedback and are unable to attend, you may send your comments via e-mail Donna Biederman at dbiederman@hollywoodfl.org.  

For additional information about this meeting contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at (954) 921- 3271

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See also


6 Amazing Green Renovations That Turn Industrial Buildings into Architectural Gems 
by Helen Morgan, 04/14/12

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