Downtown Hollywood condo-retail proje...

Downtown Hollywood condo-retail project gets initial approval

There are 41 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Downtown Hollywood condo-retail project gets initial approval. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Plans for what could be a 25-story condo and retail project in downtown received an initial approval on Wednesday, despite the protest of nearby residents who say it's too high.

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Stuck in Hollywood

Hallandale, FL

#1 Feb 19, 2009
Maybe the 200k that the "Clueless Four" seem to think doesn't matter wasting should come from their salaries. The downtown blightness will not be corrected in the mere 20 days that Zyscovich needs to make his evaluation. Common sense tells us that now is not the time to build on Young Circle. Do we really need more stores when Downtown is like a ghost town? Do we really need more condos when Radius and the beach sit empty? Seriously, what does it take to tell you that this 22-story project is just too big and not the right time to build?

United States

#2 Feb 19, 2009
In the boom times of condo sales you had to pre-sell at least half the units to get a construction loan. While Hollywood can approve and rezone all they want they still have to get a construction loan to do this and with Raduis and Hollywood station nearly empty how do they expect to get financing?
Common Sense

Hollywood, FL

#3 Feb 19, 2009
Chip Abele is a fool to think this project will succeed in the blighted downtown area. Who will buy all those condos and what crazy bank will finance this disaster. There are thousands of condos in foreclosure all over the tri county area in a lot nicer places than downtown Hollywood. What makes this arrogant guy think this will work. This is a recipe for disaster. Radius failed and had to be auctioned off at pennies on the dollar. Chip you are a nit wit.

United States

#4 Feb 19, 2009
The area needs this project - people bring money which supports business. This is a smart move.

Cartago, Costa Rica

#5 Feb 19, 2009
420 Condos will there be enough hookers an crack head to put in there times are tough

New York, NY

#6 Feb 19, 2009
420 Condos will there be enough hookers an crack head to put in there times are tough
You have plenty off those in south florida these days to fill those vacancies
Wise Guy


#7 Feb 19, 2009
Yet another foolish waste in a city infamous for burning money. It's just laughable to hear this phony call the corner of Young's Circle BLIGHTED. Does she even realize there is a city beyond the 3 blocks of downtown???? There is blight all over the place but definetely not in the CRA money pits.

At least Bober understands that nobody else in the city wants more of this nonsense.
Housing Authority

Pompano Beach, FL

#8 Feb 19, 2009
As someone else suggested regarding those new projects in Sunrise, it's really beginning to look like these zoning approvals are simply payoffs to developers/campaign contributors so they can see a profit when they try to unload the property in a terrible market. These massive projects will probably never be built, at least not to that scale, because the demand will never be there.

Stuart, FL

#9 Feb 19, 2009
Bet I can get a good deal on a first floor, west facing unit!
jimmy carter the worst

United States

#10 Feb 19, 2009
anything will be better then the homeless and freaky freaks that inhabit that run down section area right now!!!

Since: Aug 07


#11 Feb 19, 2009
Assaff or whatever her name is needs to find a place in the corner and sit. She is a total embarrassment to the city commission and will lead this city to its next boondoggle. Someone box this woman in so she stops with the Mara 2.0 nonsense.

Edwardsville, AL

#12 Feb 19, 2009
who voted for these clowns?? I was happy to see Mayra and that old bag with the funny glasses go BUT this crew is a joke. Beam Pyle, Patty ASSef, O'Sleezyan dicky bladder and Scrubwood Paleaseeeeee. What is taking so long for this Zyscovich plan?? ASSholeff you sold us (lakes)out. Sara Case where are you?????
Xhollywoodiansoo n


#13 Feb 19, 2009
A Wise Native wrote:
Assaff or whatever her name is needs to find a place in the corner and sit. She is a total embarrassment to the city commission and will lead this city to its next boondoggle. Someone box this woman in so she stops with the Mara 2.0 nonsense.
I agree with your comment about Asseff only watched alittle of this show on cable and she was in such a hurry to vote so she could get out of there and go eat. This woman should have never won as a commisioner. It shows you that anybody can get dressed up and shoot a political TV commercial and run it non stop 24/7 and they will win..All empty promises..This project should be shelved in favor of a smaller developement that fits in with the old archetecture of Hollywood. The 22 story Arts park villiage is a failure waiting to Happen and so is Radius, Regent Park, Hollywood station..The real estate market isnt turning around for 10-15 years and places like Hollywood with its hodge podge ugly developments will be the last to come out of the ruins of the continuing real estate crash.
Hollywood Citizen

United States

#14 Feb 19, 2009
It is the same old crap going on in Hollywood even with "new people " in there. When will the elected officals learn what the citizens want. We are tired of hearing about another development is going to save us. The only thing another development does is to money in the pockets of our elected officials. Downtown Hollywood still sucks after many many years of pourign money into it. What about the rest of Hollywood ? What is ever going to be done to the old Hollywood Fashion Mall ? There is a Hollywood west of 95 .The elected official just care about the rich neighborhoods of Hollywood . The poor neighborhood can rot as far as they are concern. Bober and Furr are not going to get my vote next time. They are showing that they are nothing but idiots !!!Bober is turning out to be another Mara. Did she teach him how to screw Hollywood ?
Po Boy

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 Feb 19, 2009
I'll buy six condos on spec. Obama will get me no money down mortgages.They should double in value, in 25 years.

Pompano Beach, FL

#16 Feb 19, 2009
I am so happy about this, we just dont have enough retail space in Broward. This will also solve our housing shortage problem.
Michelle Obama

United States

#17 Feb 19, 2009
More empty condos and more empty storefronts.

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 19, 2009
Its another clear case of the politicians doing what ever they want when they want to do it. Forget the people they were elected to represent, screw them, but the developers, now were talking real money. I would rather see the homeless bums, crack heads and pimps than the crooked lousy good for nothing politicians and blood sucking developers who coulod'nt care less about the normal people in Hollywood. Throw them all out.

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 Feb 19, 2009
I hope everyone involved is conscious of the fact that the Radius condos just had to auction of their properties because no one bought the initial units. This is going to be a mistake if it is not thought out in a more productive manner. Building for the sake of building is not progress. Building to make a difference is progress.
Cindy McCain

United States

#20 Feb 19, 2009
About 220,000 stores may close this year in America, says retail consultant Howard Davidowitz of Davidowitz & Associates. As more Americans save and spend less, it's clear there's too much retail space. Just visit Web site and track retail's growing body count. And luxury retailers? They're on "life support," Davidowitz says.

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