In its pursuit of the economic improvement for Andrews Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard, the city has hired Mellgren Planning Group to initiate a corridor study of the two streets.
Commissioners approved the contract at their meeting on Aug. 23. Mellgren will be paid $16,200 to develop the study. Mellgren’s work includes coming up with land use map amendments, reviewing traffic studies and creating an outline of the Transit Oriented Corridor boundaries.
City officials hope that they can replicate, at least partially, the success of Wilton Drive.
“The City of Wilton Manors has been active in studying its commercial corridors to determine ways to enhance the economic activity and look for the means to redevelop the corridor to make the City more pedestrian oriented. The goal of studying these corridors is to proactively attract economic development investors to the City of Wilton Manors and to provide a more livable environment,” wrote Roberta Moore, Community Development Services director.
Recently, the city has taken a more pro-active stance on its major thoroughfares. After a pawn shop opened on Andrews Avenue next to St. Clement’s Catholic Church, the commission changed its zoning laws [after passing a moratorium] to try and restrict the kind of businesses moving to that street. “It’s unfortunate [the moratorium] didn’t occur before some of these businesses expanded,” said Mayor Gary Resnick in 2013.