By Jill Fox
As news about the sale of the Heron Bay golf course continues to unfold, residents are getting a sneak peek at what’s in store for the future.
Heron Bay, a 3,500 home community that straddles both the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs, has many homes bordering the greens. Plans for the now-closed club affect hundreds of residents.
At the June 16 Parkland city commission workshop, Rod Colon, district manager of the North Springs Improvement District, revealed more about the 69-acre commercial portion of the mixed-use project being built on a portion of the former 223-acre Heron Bay Golf Club.
The plan is for the retail and restaurant commercial tenants to also include engaging experiences like golf, race car driving, or even a Chicken N Pickle — a new concept where wood-fired chicken meets the game of pickleball. Colon stressed the commercial property would not contain any fast-food restaurants; however, fast-casual like Chipotle or Offerdahl’s would be possibilities.
NSID released images of the three-and-a-half miles of walking trails, rest areas, and stopping stations and hired Katalyst Real Estate to execute the Request for Proposals for redevelopment. They will prioritize them according to aesthetic appearance, market demand for their use, and the highest economic and financial benefit to the NSID.
Hearing presentations will be a nine-member committee made up of representatives from the Heron Bay Homeowners Association, NSID, the cities of Parkland, and Coral Springs.
“We want the input,” said Colon, who explained that all documents and developer presentations would be visible on HeronBayRFP.com to allow for public feedback.
Also, in the proposed plan: 150 acres will be utilized for stormwater retention, including giant storm drains to protect the city from flooding. Recreational walking trails and green space will cover the stormwater drains.
In March, NSID reached an agreement with Clublink to purchase the 223 acres of land and buildings for $32 million. Colon shared current appraisal estimates for the 69-acre parcel alone were around $35 million.
On June 21, Colon met with the Heron Bay Homeowners Association about safety improvements to the area, like additional security and emergency call boxes throughout the trails.
The property has a closing date of December 31, 2021, but Colon said they plan to select a developer by September 15 and should close sometime in October.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.
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