Saturday, March 07, 2009

On target for February 2010 - The Village at Gulfstream Park

The City of Hallandale gives a vote of confidence to a troubled but impressive project

The Village at Gulfstream Park

A February 2010 opening date was announced for this vast project which many expect to be the new center of attraction of the city of Hallandale Beach. So far, 13 restaurants, 17 retail stores, 2 night clubs have apparently committed; roughly about 50% of all the available space.

Hallandale Beach Commission voted 3-1 to approve funding to assist this project, which more than a year late in its completion. Conflictive opinions about the city involvement have been circulating. A majority of the city commissioners are strong advocates of a project that will create hundreds of jobs and attract tourism, visitors, and investment at a recession time, when they are much needed. The issue of taxpayers’ dollars being spent to support a private venue, is strongly debated, and the “City of Choice” ‘s majority belief is that it will be a gamble that will pay great dividends.

The Village at Gulfstream Park is a mix of fashion and home accessory shops, and signature restaurants, outdoor cafes, office space, and projected residential units. 70 stores will cover more than 410,000 square feet of premium retail space. The Village at Gulfstream Park is expected to compete the next-door Aventura Mall, which has been since its creation, the nucleus around which the City of Aventura has focused. Gulfstream, as an open-air Shopping Center, will differentiate itself enough from Aventura Mall to complement rather than compete.

Gulfstream Park, as a combination of Casino, Horse-track, entertainment, and shopping could quickly become the leisure, fashion and entertainment destination for South Florida. Centered in an the middle of a prosperous population, it could become a better alternative to the Hard Rock Casino in Davie.

Gulfstream is announcing some impressive committed restaurants, such as III Forks, Ola Cuba by Chef Douglas Rodriguez, Texas de Brazil, American Pie Brick Oven Pizza, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cadillac Ranch, Cantina Laredo, Häagen-Datzs, Lamborghini Café, The Cheese Course, The Playwright Irish Pub, PrimeBar, and many more.

Among stores who have committed, they count on Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm; designer clothing retailers Fender Rock & Roll Religion, Martier, Atelier and Vogue Couture. Two nightclubs: Santanera and Greenhouse Nightclub are expected to attract the young crowd, in search of an alternative to South Beach. Other expected tenants: Next Authentic, Pacific Paradise, Rock Star, Romeo and Juliet Couture, Scala, Scene, The Container Store, Vahalla Menswear, Venetian Salon, Williams-Sonoma, Z Gallerie, and counting.

Mayor Joy Cooper has been a strong endorser of the Gulfstream Park Village, and has brought the full support and partnership of the City of Hallandale Beach.

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