In an effort to “spur development” and attract new businesses to the city, Wilton Manors officials plan to change the land-use of Oakland Park Boulevard and Andrews Avenue.
The change, if approved by Broward County, will alter the land-use of both streets to Transit Oriented Corridor [TOC].
Officials held a workshop on Monday so the public could comment on the changes.
City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said the change would allow for additional density. That could lead to mixed-use projects and other types of new businesses. Henderson said the city doesn’t know yet what types of businesses it would like to see located there, but she said the hope is that it will be similar to the growth experienced by Dixie Highway and Northeast 26 Street, referring to The Metropolitan and Wilton Station projects. “We’ve had great success.”
Both those streets were also re-designated as TOC, although Wilton Station predates the change. “But it’s along those lines,” she said.
Attracting the “right” kind of businesses is a conversation commissioners have been having for a while. One of the more recent times was in 2015 when a pawn shop opened on Andrews Avenue near St. Clement Catholic Church. At the time, commissioners expressed disappointment that the shop had opened in an area where they wanted to see more high end businesses move to. Not long after that, the city passed an ordinance restricting where new pawn shops could open.
Making Oakland Park Boulevard and Andrews Avenue TOC is the latest addition to that conversation.