By Bryan Boggiano
City officials discussed the possibility of filling in the void that Sears left when it closed in 2020.
At Wednesday’s city commission meeting, officials discussed developing the former Sears location and adjacent parking lot. They did not discuss specific information, including whether the redeveloped property would be residential, commercial, or mixed-use.
City Manager Frank Babinec said that the city is in talks with representatives from Sears and the mall and that he hopes to have updates for the commission soon.
Mayor Scott Brook asked Julie Krolak, director of development services if the city has plans for expanding housing options near the Coral Square Mall.
Krolak said that the city would collaborate with the mall on ways to redevelop, but she did not specify whether this was for residential properties.
Developing near the mall would be a great opportunity for Coral Springs and make the area a “gem,” she said.
The discussion came as the commission was scheduled to approve, adopt, authorize, and transmit the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Incentive Report. The commission discussed the separate, unrelated report and passed it unanimously.
Krolak said a committee report recommendation was to review land use and zoning maps. From these maps, they would search for opportunities to use nonresidential places for housing.
The potential redevelopment comes in addition to Metropolitan at Coral Square. The proposed project includes an 8-story apartment building with 204 units, a pool and courtyard area, a fitness center, a playground, a dog park, and a business center.
Sears closed their Coral Square Mall location in April 2020, and the store has been vacant since. Sears was an anchor business at the mall from its opening in 1990 until it closed its doors.
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