Golf Course Housing and Drainage
March 25, 2008, 12:21 PM
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March 28, 2005

Golf Course Housing & Drainage

March 28, 2005

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:

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 on the SW corner of the golf course at 17th and Polk Streets in the Lakes.

The development would be five stories in height. Each townhome would have a two-car garage, the parking deck would have 500 spaces — 405 for the residents and 95 for the clubhouse plus 52 surface spaces on the southeast portion of the property. And the big carrot: the project promises to throw $650,000 to the cash-starved ArtsPark.

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 “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 but in our opinion (1) a 99-year give-away of publicly-owned dedicated green space to private development interests, and (2) the amount of concrete and added congestion that would burden what is now public green space and the narrow city streets on which it fronts provide ample reason to oppose it vigorously. If anyone is concerned about over-crowded schools, of course, the developer would say this housing is for young professionals with no children and “childless couples.”

Golf Village Update:  June 20, 2005

The Golf Village proposal (clubhouse and 254 housing units) for Hollywood Beach Golf Course has died.  What next?  The City Commission has made clear it wants the clubhouse moved from its present location to the southwest corner of the course. That much is certain.

Options being considered now include issuing a new RFP for a new clubhouse with a hotel that would not exceed the footprint of the existing clubhouse.

Another idea would be a clubhouse only on the southwest corner of the course, with the city making available land somewhere else in Hollywood for the developer of the clubhouse to build a hotel or residential complex, the idea being that the cost of a new clubhouse would be subsidized by the hotel or other development.

A third option entails building a temporary clubhouse on the southwest corner with the thought that it could be replaced in future years when CRA or other money became available.

The main point now is that the City does not have the money to build a new clubhouse, nor does the downtown CRA.

Later Update:  December 9, 2005

The City Commission’s ambitious plan to redesign the Hollywood Beach Golf Course by moving the clubhouse to the southwest corner (the Polk Street side — its original, historic location), and creating a world-class golf course with acres of new lakes to handle drainage from downtown development, has been shelved.  A resolution bringing to an end this dream — at least for now — notes only that the project has been determined “not financially viable at this time” and “the drainage benefit would be minimal.” This resolution is on the City Commission’s agenda next week.





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