By Bryan Boggiano
As Cornerstone construction continues, the city gives a glimpse into what businesses might open up in Downtown Coral Springs.
The city commission and the community redevelopment agency discussed the updated Cornerstone plans at their joint Thursday meeting, touching on retail and residential space changes.
Both bodies previously met in March to discuss Cornerstone updates, including adding more residential space.
Additionally, city officials provided Coral Springs Talk with an update on the project in September.
Scott Backman, an attorney for developer Predesco, stated that plans for Cornerstone call for various restaurants and retailers, including fitness options, breakfast-and-lunch eateries, banks, entertainment venues, and high-end fashion outlets.
“There has been a significant amount of interest in this project,” he said.
Backman stated that Predesco is in talks with 25 different businesses for possible locations in Cornerstone.
These include restaurants such as J. Alexander’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Lynora’s, PF Chang’s, Korean Barbecue, Carrot Express, Crema, Pizza Rox, Sweet Green, Capital Burger, Sushi Song, Publico Atlanta, Yard House, Sweet Caroline, Chow One, Vino’s Wine Bar, Best in Class Cookie, and Insomnia Cookies.
Some possible retail options include Carpo Bonito, Tremble, Blush Boot Camp, Oxxo Dry Cleaners, Jet Set Pilates, Paint Nail Bar, and Blo Dry Bar.
This is in addition to Tacocraft, which the city announced in October.
Developers also presented overall changes to both the south and north blocks.
At the South Block, updated plans call for the first of the 351 residential units to be complete and occupancy to begin by May 2023. Construction will be finished by July 2023.
Predesco initially planned for the Hyatt’s construction to begin in late 2022, but the updated plans pushed this back to early 2023. Construction will be complete by Dec. 2024.
The Hyatt’s public rooftop bar also increased from 2,000 square feet to 6,800 square feet and would include a private meeting or dining room and a full-service kitchen.
Along the North Block, three open-space terraces will be on the fifth floor instead of one. Two will include green space, and one will have a pool.
There will also be 8,000 square feet of additional commercial space.
The updated plans also call for five ground-floor apartment units at the North Block directly on Sample Road. This block will still include 361 residential units.
Multiple commission members expressed disapproval of this idea.
“I am not in favor of five units on the bottom floor,” said Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons. “I would like to see another use for that area.”
Similarly, Commissioner Shawn Cerra said, “I’m definitely not excited nor supportive of apartments on the first floor.”
In response, Backman said, “We’re continuing to evaluate [all options] as we go through the final approval process.”
Developers project that the city commission would approve any necessary special exceptions for Cornerstone in winter 2022.
They will also seek a plat note amendment from the county commission in either March or April 2023.
The development is located on the SW corner of University Drive and Sample Road.
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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