1. Q: Why develop a town center in Surfside?
A. The Town of Surfside would greatly benefit from the development of the Surfside Town Center. It would address the long-lasting needs of the residents including:
2. Q: What benefit will this bring to Surfside and its residents?
A. The project’s benefits are numerous. For the municipality, it includes a new Town Hall and state-of-the-art police station, inclusive of an emergency operations center. The resident amenities include a new gym for residents, a media center and flex space/banquet hall facilities. The project shares a large-scale rooftop park with a direct ocean view and sports plaza with numerous uses, also with myriad uses for residents.
The few boutique retails shops would complement the town’s existing retail and furthers walk ability through pedestrian-friendly corridors, enhancing options for residents and visitors alike.
The project would also address the strong demand for class ‘A’ office space in the town, as well as providing 431 additional public parking spaces. A portion of the parking spaces would be designated for overnight parking to residents living in apartments and condominiums on Collins Avenue. The parking garage would also allow for hurricane parking for residents and the police station would house an emergency operations center for hurricanes and other natural disasters.
3. Q: What will be done to manage increased traffic surrounding the development of this focal point for the community?
A. We have been working closely alongside Kimley-Horn to ensure a long-term and neutral traffic impact. As a leading South Florida-based traffic and civil engineering firm, they are well attuned to the local traffic conditions, and provide in-depth experience in resolving critical issues related to transit. We will also take preventive measures during events with police to ensure that traffic is pushed towards Collins in order to protect the quality of life of residents.
4. Q: How much will parking cost for residents in the new lot? Will residents have any special benefits within the parking lot?
A. We will match the same rate that the Town of Surfside offers, but there will be designated overnight parking for residents living in apartments and condominiums on Collins Avenue, many of whom do not have sufficient parking. Rates for non-residents nights and weekends will be higher. The garage will also include vehicle charging stations, as well as a designated ride sharing area for drop-off and pick-up. Assigned bicycle spaces will also be included in the garage.
5. Q: How much will the entire project cost?
A. The project will cost $33.5 million.
6. Q: Will this cost Surfside taxpayers anything?
A. No, not a penny. Surfside taxpayers will not be responsible for any costs related to construction of this project. The developers will absorb the full cost of the project.
7. Q: How can the developers ensure that this will not at some point in the future use taxpayer financing?
A. Surfside Town Center Group was organized with the most reliable and responsible partners to ensure that this project will not cost the public any dollars. Our project will provide customary bonds and other sources of financial security to ensure that project will be fully built without taxpayer dollars. All members involved have experience in large-scale projects that have an impact on the public, and this collective experience ensures that all costs associated with this project will be covered by the developers.
8. Q: What are the size and components of this project?
A. The Town Hall will be 17,705 sq. ft.; the commercial building will contain 10,882 sq. ft. of retail and 60,996 sq. ft. of class ‘A’ office space; the Surfside Civic Center and commercial building will share a connected rooftop park open to the public and consist of 16,490 sq. ft.; and the police station complex will include 14,035 sq. ft. with a 1,900 sq. ft. rooftop deck. The Civic Center will include a gym, which residents can access, a media center, and flex space/banquet hall totaling 5,500 sq. ft., exclusive to residents.
9. Q: If approved, when should we expect this project to begin and be completed?
A. If approved, we estimate the project to last three years from the date of receiving its construction/building permit, and it will be phased construction.
10. Q: Will the project be built all at once or phased construction?
A. If approved, it would be achieved through two phases of construction, as our main goal is to streamline the construction process and minimize disruption to Town personnel and services. The initial phase would be the new Police Station complex and boutique retail. During that phase, the existing Town Hall will remain intact.
The second phase will include the demolition of the existing Town Hall. At that point the police department and other Town departments move into their temporary space within the new state-of-the-art building. The Town offices will move into the retail components while the new Town Hall is built.
Construction of the new Civic Center will then begin, along with the remainder of the office and retail components, and the parking garage.
11. Q: Will construction disrupt regular flow of Surfside traffic, especially for residents on Collins Avenue?
A. We will work diligently with the town and our construction company to minimize the impact of construction, be it by scheduling or sequencing aspects of the construction process. For example, there will be no disruptive work done on Saturdays. Our goal is to not disrupt the regular flow of Surfside traffic.
12. Q: Will construction disrupt the Town of Surfside employees in being able to perform their jobs? Where will they work amidst the development of the project?
A. The existing Town Hall and Police Station will remain intact during the first phase of construction, so all government functions remain operational.
13. Q: What environmental impacts will the construction and development process have on the Town?
A. We are taking all possible precautions as it relates to the environmental aspect of construction.
14. Q: Will there be opportunities for public input throughout this process? If so, how and when can the public comment?
A. We encourage as much feedback as possible from the residents and will be working with the Town of Surfside to schedule times for community input for the project. We’ve made this project flexible for the residents to help us determine what they want and need. We will organize workshops and surveys in order to make sure everyone is the Town is heard and satisfied with the project.
15. Q: What income will the town receive?
A. The Town will receive $250,000 per year in base rent, 10 percent of net revenues from the parking structure under a long term ground lease, and a new Town Hall and Police Station at no cost.
16. Q: Is the project ecologic?
A. Yes, the project will feature an eco-oriented landscape and hardscape with a solar panel farm on the rooftop. The project will be designed to meet LEED standards to ensure that the project serves as an example of sustainable design in the community.
17. Q: What kind of programming can we envision in this new space?
A. Activations including a rooftop jazz concert with picnic, art gallery show, yoga/dance or Zumba classes on the rooftop or in the interior space, reading club meetings, movie nights, outside gatherings, sporting events and private parties are examples of what the Civic Center will be capable of facilitating.