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Broward Design Collaborative
Provides New Ideas for Workforce Housing in
The Sistrunk Neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale
The Broward Design Collaborative organized a national team of prominent designers to develop creative approaches for
workforce housing in the Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. On May 21,
2004, after three days of discussions with the city, CRA, community members and development experts, the team presented their
recommendations at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and made the following overall statement.
The city has two choices: 1.) act soon to shape a future multi-cultural, economically diverse
Sistrunk and mid-town neighborhood or 2.) stand by and watch the African-American district become gentrified for higher income
people. The successful construction of workforce housing with strong cultural
and environmental attributes could lead to a future where people of many economic levels can continue to find homes and communities
in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Many opportunities for workforce housing can occur
with civic leadership and the creative partnerships of private developers, non-profits, the city, the county and institutions
such as FAU.
The three-day workshop examined the 5-acre, city owned property at the corner of 7th Avenue NW and Sistrunk
Blvd NW. The team was lead by Michael Singer, the Florida Atlantic University
(FAU) Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar for the College of Arts and Letters. The others members were architect Bill Reed
of Natural Logic, bio-engineer Michael Shaw of Ocean Arks International, structural engineer Calen Colby of Oest Engineering
and Margi Glavovic Nothard, FAU Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, Assistant Professor in Urban Design.
Recommended Ideas for Workforce Housing
The team recommended that the following ideas be examined for a new development with workforce housing. All these ideas have been successfully implemented in other developments throughout the world.
- The development should allow phasing of design and construction
- The housing should be economically diverse and provide up to 60% of
the units that are affordable to working families with lower-to-middle incomes
- Land trusts could be utilized to keep some units affordable in the
- A co-housing development could be created for up to 10% of the units
- Commercial development should be included and be flexible to respond
to the market and provide some start-up space for community businesses.
- A cooperative or community grocery store should be considered as an
alternative to Publix, Winn Dixie or Albertsons.
- History and culture, especially African-American, should be expressed
and sustained through the site development
- Incentives should be implemented to reward transportation alternatives
to the car. Existing ideas for City operated shuttle services should include
this area and connect west to the African American Library and Cultural Center
- Build multi-use, attractive parking structures at the minimum size
necessary and located within the blocks, not along the main streets
- Water quality should be maintained through bioengineering methods.
- Water conservation should reduce water use by 60% and discharge less
than 5% by processing the water on site.
- Multiple old and new technologies should be used to reduce energy consumption.
- Construction materials and labor should come from near the site
- Ongoing operating costs should be lower that 35% of comparable developments
Recommended Site Plan Ideas
The team drew one possible site plan for development of the site. The
team wished to connect this property and its development to the adjacent property and city through the following:
- Abandon the streets behind the property and make one combined park
/ retention water purification pond in conjunction with Regal Trace Housing Development & post office water retention
- “Green” the face of the FPL substation toward the site
- Connect with the post office through a parking deck over the post office
parking lot and an on-site cohousing town house development
- A 10 story plus mixed use tower on Sistrunk to declare its prominence
as a destination.
- Maintain a mixed use, street life on all buildings facing the main
- Create public viewing corridors and plazas to enable public access
to the new environmental park center.
Recommended Urban Issues
The team noted the important location of the site as a significant future hub between Downtown, Sistrunk and Arts
and Science District. The Broward Design Collaborative identified the following issues regarding the 7th Ave and
- The blocks around the 7th Ave NW and Sistrunk intersection need an independent urban
precinct plan with property owners and City/CRA planners.
- The lack of a definite schedule for the proposed 7th & 9th Avenue connector
will hold up redeveloped of the 7th Ave & Sistrunk Precinct
- An urban design analysis and plan for the industrial area should be developed in conjunction with
the concept engineering for the 7th & 9th Avenue connector
- The 7th and Sistrunk Precinct could be an excellent location
for workforce housing to be developed in conjunction with the new County Downtown Campus Project
- Existing disincentives in the city and county for the use of innovative
ideas and resource conservation in new developments should be reversed into incentives.
- Connections to existing natural and cultural amenities should be reinforced
through such public infrastructure as a southbound Avenue of the Arts (7th Ave) green-space corridor that includes a bike
path to the New River, Riverwalk and Arts & Science District, an east-west pedestrian connection via Sistrunk and various
directions to pocket parks within the neighborhood and on Sunrise.
FAU Student Development
With the conclusion of the workshop, the architecture and planning students at Florida Atlantic University, will convert
the concepts and principles into site plans, building designs and planning and zoning recommendations. These drawings will be presented in the fall.
Workshop Participants and Advisors
The following people joined
the workshop at various times to advise the team on issues relevant to the redevelopment of the site.
- Carlton Moore, City Commissioner
- Phillip Bacon and Eric Shaw, Collins Center in Miami
- Bruce Chatterton, Liz Holt and Tony Longo, City of
Fort Lauderdale Planning
- Karl Shallenberger,
City of Fort Lauderdale Engineering
- Bob Wojcik, Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency
- Milton Jones and Sean Jones, Developers
- Dr. Jerry Kolo, FAU
- Mariadele Gridley, Central Area Plan Committee
- Sharon Bryant, Mt. Olive Development Corporation
- Jackie Tufts,
Mt. Bethel New Visions CDC
Jenkins, LISC in West Palm Beach
- Lisa Maxwell, Lennar
- Katherine Barry, BAND
- Jaap Vos, FAU
- Peter Magyar, FAU
- Glenn Weiss, BDC Director
- Gloria Katz, Former City Commissioner
A Temporary Website
A temporary website holds this information, pictures and more regarding the Workshop and Broward Design Collaborative. www.glennweiss.com/bdc