Proposed new downtown development on Sample Road, intersection of University Drive • Coral Springs Talk
By Bryan Boggiano
Another mixed-use development may be coming to downtown Coral Springs.
The city has received a proposal from Greenspoon Marder for the development of a mixed-use project on the northeast corner of University Drive and Sample Road in the former Publix Plaza.
The proposed property includes approximately 380 residential units and approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space, according to Lynne Martzall, director of communications and marketing.
There is no set timeline for construction or completion, but there are several stages the proposal would need to undergo before any groundbreaking.
Publix still owns the land at the intersection, which is valued at $4,597,980, according to Broward County’s property assessor.
The community redevelopment agency, development review board and city commission should review specific development plans once they receive the proposals.
Any proposed development would also require traffic and engineering studies.
If the city approves the downtown mixed-use project, it will join Cornerstone Plaza and City Village at the intersection of Sample and University.
At a meeting in March, officials discussed adding more residential space to Cornerstone and reducing office space with the city commission.
In January, the commission approved a buy-and-sell agreement with Amera Corp. to develop City Village, which would include a grocery store, retail and residential space.
According to Martzall, the city and community redevelopment agency have been working since the 1990s to develop Downtown Coral Springs. She said the relocation of City Hall and the addition of parking has prompted developers to develop mixed-use projects.
Martzall said the residential components could help alleviate any housing shortfalls.
She also said that while the city strongly supports commercial and retail uses downtown to create a gathering place, the city must assess and approve everything before construction begins.
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A graduate in journalism from the University of Florida, Bryan is pursuing his master’s degree in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment and journalism.