Golf Course Development
March 25, 2005, 2:10 AM
Filed under: Development, Golf Courses

March 25, 2005

254-Unit “Village” proposed for Public Golf Course

When the ULI study recommended that Hollywood preserve its village atmosphere, residents were pleased. But city officials and their developer friends have stripped the word “village” of all meaning, as the city commission approves tower after tower for Hollywood beach and downtown. And now this latest transmogrification:

Developers want to build what they call the Hollywood Beach Golf Village — a mixed use project incorporating 238 ultra-luxury rental units, 16 three-story town homes, a 13,900 square foot clubhouse, a 3-story garage, surface parking, and 20 hotel suites — all to be located on four acres of public land at the SW corner of the golf course at 17th and Polk Streets in the Lakes.

This is at least the third time in recent years that the city has entertained a proposal to build housing on that SW corner, earning it in some quarters the nickname of the “crooked corner.” Residents in the Lakes have fought successfully to kill previous efforts to put housing on this public property that is perpetually dedicated as green space.

The proposed “village” is offered up as a way to help finance the city’s cost of redesigning the entire course to accommodate 20 acres of holding ponds for downtown runoff — a drainage project that is currently in litigation.

The development team includes Lane Investment and Development as the master developer, Zmistowski Design Group as Architect and Design Consultant, Mouriz Salazar, Architect, and Southern Golf Appraisals, Inc., the current manager of all three of Hollywood’s public golf courses, as Clubhouse and Course Manager.

In order to make this new golf “village” a reality, we will be asked to give the developer a 99-year lease of the publicly owned green space at a cost of $1 per year. We do not yet know the city commission’s reaction to this proposal.

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