Takin’ It to the Streets – City of Hollywood Announces New Project

The City of Hollywood unveiled their latest improvement plan for the city in a groundbreaking ceremony held in June at City Hall Circle. The hot temperature, and the possible threat of a morning thunderstorm didn’t keep those away from hearing about the positive changes coming to the popular South Florida destination.

The “Hollywood Boulevard Complete Streets Project” had many city officials, city employees, and residents celebrating the grand announcement which included refreshments, a view of renderings and new landscape, as well as a tour of the corridor.

The long overdue venture will take place over the next 2 years to transform Hollywood Boulevard, from City Hall Circle to Dixie Highway in Hollywood, by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

In May 2013, the City successfully applied for an MPO grant for a “Complete Streets” project along Hollywood Boulevard from City Hall to Dixie Highway. The City was awarded a grant for approximately $7.6 million dollars to implement a design incorporating “Complete Streets” guidelines. The Hollywood Boulevard project is one of the MPO’s flagship projects and will serve as a model for other “Complete Streets” endeavors across the county. This portion of Hollywood Boulevard will be transformed into a functional, beautiful, multi-modal corridor.

 The goal of the corridor redesign is to promote a street designed for all forms of transportation including transit system users, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The project will also create inviting outdoor spaces along the sidewalks to help promote retail, restaurant and other businesses in the area and enhance the quality of life of those who live in the adjacent neighborhoods.

“This span of Hollywood Boulevard between Dixie Highway and City Hall is about to be transformed, and in the process will realize City founder Joseph Young’s total vision of a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly downtown destination,” says Joann Hussey, Public Information Manager, City of Hollywood.

“The City and Broward MPO are committed to safer, healthier streets, as such this exciting transformation will incorporate improvements such as ADA compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, signalization and street lighting, landscaping and bike lanes. The City is proud to have Hollywood Boulevard chosen as the location for an ‘Urban Complete Streets Project’ which will serve as the model for future MPO Complete Streets projects.”

Some new improvements planned for this area include:

    Paving, striping and surface drainage configuration
    Colored concrete walks
    Pedestrian-friendly cross walks with center refuge median and ornamental shade structures
    5-foot wide bike lanes with buffer zone
    Pedestrian scale lighting
    New ornamental landscaping including trees, palms, flowering shrubs and groundcover
    Furnishings and functional public art
    American with Disabilities Act-compliant (ADA) parking spaces
    Safer parking configurations

For additional details or media inquiries please contact Joann Hussey, Public Information Manager, City of Hollywood at jhussey@hollywoodfl.org or 954-921-3328.