On Monday, May 4, the City of Pembroke Pines broke ground on the future site of the Pembroke Pines Civic Center, a $58 million multi- purpose complex located in the city’s mid-town district.
Project partners Terry Stiles, Chairman and CEO of Stiles Corporation, and Mario Cartaya, CEO of Cartaya and Associates Architects PA, joined city officials for the momentous occasion. Local dignitaries and elected officials were in attendance to congratulate city officials.
Following more than a decade of planning and development, the facility is slated to open in 2016, and will incorporate cultural, governmental, and commercial uses. The Civic Center will include a new city hall, 3,500-seat state-of-the-art performance/conference space, stand-alone Commission Chambers, and the Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall. The 11,000-square-foot, two-story art gallery was named after Mayor Ortis to honor his commitment to the cultural arts.
The Civic Center will serve as the centerpiece for City Center, a private development that will feature entertainment venues, apartments, office/retail space, restaurants and a hotel on the 80-acre site near the intersection of Pines Boulevard and Palm Avenue.It In recognition of the project’s excellence, the City of Pembroke Pines was awarded a $462,500 Tourist Development Tax Challenge Grant awarded by the Broward County Board of Commissioners to support construction. Additionally the city was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant for $50,000 to enhance design elements and implement the inaugural cultural event on the plaza.
“We are elated to have taken the next step in building the future of Pembroke Pines,” said Mayor Ortis, who has served as mayor since 2004. “We are the second largest city in Broward County and are ready to make Pembroke Pines a cultural and commerce destination in South Florida. This is a great city in which to live and work.”
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