By: Jen Russon
On Wednesday evening, the City of Coral Springs had representatives from all city departments virtually connected in the Slice of the Springs, providing insights to residents on various topics.
Kristi Bartlett, Director of Economic Development, brought up the Financial Plaza’s pending demolition on University and Sample road.
“The interior is being gutted. There will be no implosion. They are going to take the shell down with an excavator that has an attached firehouse to reduce dust,” she said.
The financial building, the oldest structure in Coral Springs, should be gone to make way for Cornerstone in April or May.
Bartlett also addressed residents’ questions, asking if Barnes and Noble have plans to return to The Walk, where Trader Joe’s moved in last fall.
“We hope to welcome them back, and we’ll keep the community posted as we progress,” said Bartlett.
Alex Nonamaker, Senior Planner with Community Development, said residents can expect miles of new bike lanes now that Phase 3 is nearing completion. Bicyclists can soon ride on Riverside, via Sample, and up to Atlantic. Projects submitted and approved for 2023 include bike lanes in Coral Springs and University, Sample, NW 40th, and NW 39th street, all the way over to NW 110th.
Rob Hunter, Director of Parks and Recreation, spoke next on new features to park, including a 6,000 square feet splash pad at Betti Stradling Park by June.
“The splash pad will be located just south of Princess Meadow’s playground,” he said.
Hunter added, not far from Betti Stradling, the Coral Springs Aquatic Center is in the process of adding an outdoor workout facility. This will include a ‘fitness beach sand’ workout area with a climbing bar and TRX body-resistant exercise system.
Slice of the Springs also addressed public health.
Dr. Alexander Falcone said 25,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine had been administered to senior residents, with access to coronavirus vaccine for all age groups anticipated by May.
The panel at the commission meeting wrapped up their ‘slice’ event, with the good news that in-person recreational classes offered at the Coral Springs Gymnasium should resume by April.
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