This is the latest installment of my regular series of blog posts about what's going on in Hallandale Beach with the Chateau Group LLC's Chateau Square project that would erect TWO 40-story buildings with a large retail and hotel complex to be located at the corner of U.S.-1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd., which could actually make the city's notoriously gridlocked traffic even worse.
On Wednesday night at 6:30 PM, after many months of delays, the Hallandale Beach City Commission will have their first of two votes on the project.
Which is to say, that they they are NOT the caliber of people you want deciding whether or not the city should allow TWO 40-story buildings, with a large retail and hotel complex as well- to be located at the SE corner of US-1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd., where so many businesses have come-and-gone and failed over the past 12 years, save The Knife Argentine restaurant, which continues to pack in local consumers and visitors there because they feature great food and customer service -the rarity in HB.
Excerpt from May 26, 2015 South Florida Business Journal article by real estate reporter Brian Bandell
Chateau Group plans mixed-use project
The project was presented to the city in January with the following specifications:
The Hallandale Beach Planning & Zoning Advisory Board meeting was held July 27th at Ingalls Park -because the City Commission Chambers were being rehabbed- and I attended it. For three-and-a-half hours...
Given how things are done in Hallandale Beach and its peculiar history with respect to development, it was hardly surprised that anyone leaving at 10 PM, like me, would be UNABLE to comment publicly on the biggest development issue of the year in this town, at a public meeting that had started at 6:30 PM.
@SFBJRealEstate 1/ #ChateauSquare project presentation to #HallandaleBeach P&Z Board Wed. night may've been new low. pic.twitter.com/vEorrjwhwH— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 30, 2016
The 8.8-acre site at 600 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. could be approved for 726 high-rise units in two towers, 36 live/work units, 152,792 square feet of office space, 309,000 square feet of gross commercial/retail space and a 280-room hotel. The developer also was to create two openings onto Hallandale Beach Boulevard and one opening on Federal Highway.
Looks like Chateau Square project back on Hallandale agenda for Nov 16. But BIG changes in city commission just happened... @hbbtruth— Brian Bandell (@SFBJRealEstate) November 10, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 1/ Will have LOTS of info/nuance to share w/U Monday -plus photos- re incompatible #ChateauSquare #HallandaleBeach project.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 2/ But for ppl who care abt either #RealEstate development, ethics or Good Govt. in #SoFL #Broward and want a good overview— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 3/ of the sort of preposterous unethical/anti-democratic behavior concerning all 3 passed off as "normal" 4 #HallandaleBeach— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 4/ I suggest a gander at my recent post abt why changes were DESPERATELY needed in #HallandaleBeach https://t.co/b2kIWctUQo— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@hbbtruth The question is whether the new commissioners will oppose Chateau Square or not.— Brian Bandell (@SFBJRealEstate) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 1/ Corner of #HallandaleBeach Blvd/US-1, Voters saw @ChateauGroupLLC's preferred ppl at CityHall: Julian & Lewy. They lost! pic.twitter.com/UBbl5b0ztx— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 2/ Lewy, an ex-HB Comm., is on #HallandaleBeach P&Z Advisory Board. He voted in July to approve @ChateauGroupLLC's project.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 3/ Typical #HallandaleBeach! @ChateauGroupLLC's project, BIGGEST B4 city, not brought up til after 10 at a 6:30 meeting. :-(— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 4/ And despite plenty of time to make arrangements, #HallandaleBeach P&Z mtg was NOT televised or taped for airing later.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 5/ This tone-deafness fm #HallandaleBeach CityHall re a giant project, 2 forty-story towers in area where 20 is the highest— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 6/ currently allowable, w/no effort by city officials to explain to public why mtg was NOT being shown or videotaped, raised— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 7/ all sorts of red flags in city where incompatible projects are routinely approved by Mayor #JoyCooper's RubberStampCrew.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 8/ This = Taub & Lazarow signs @GulfstreamPark #HallandaleBeach, who oppose the project next door. They won -convincingly. pic.twitter.com/lCjmmOgWA2— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 9/ .@GulfstreamPark's support 4 Taub & Lazarow was dwarfed by efforts of @DiplomatFlorida's $375k PAC effort to defeat them.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
@SFBJRealEstate 10/ The same @DiplomatFlorida that got 4 towers approved, 2 at 30 stories in neighborhood w/height limit of... 10 stories.— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
The Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino sign on the south side of Hibiscus Street, across from where the proposed project is situated.
@SFBJRealEstate 11/ Sign for Wed. night's crucial #HallandaleBeach City Comm. mtg @ 6:30 PM for 1st hearing re @ChateauGroupLLC project. pic.twitter.com/DihXel3QxK— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016
UNStudio in The Netherlands and BC Architects are listed as architects of record
@SFBJRealEstate 12/ Closeup photo of @ChateauGroupLLC's rendering of incompatible #ChateauSquare project @ city's most-gridlocked street! pic.twitter.com/b9MuHIO8cT— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 14, 2016