August 8, 2018 | South Florida Business Journal
By Brian Bandell
The rezoning item will go before the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. The specific site plan and renderings have yet to be filed.
This would be the fourth phase of Miami-based Terra's developments within the Pines City Center project, along Pines Boulevard and Palm Avenue. The city assembled 146.4 acres there, built a new civic center to serve as City Hall and cultural/event space, and sold the rest of the land to multiple developers, including Terra.
So far, Terra has completed the first phase of its retail center there, including Publix Super Market, Outback Steakhouse, Hobby Lobby and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. The second phase of the retail center and 385 apartments are currently under construction.
Now that the city has vacated its former City Hall building at 10100 Pines Blvd., city officials have moved to include that 15-acre parcel into the Pines City Center site and its mixed-use zoning category. That property is under contract to Terra, according to city documents.
Terra President David Martin said he plans to build a hotel with 120 to 150 rooms, plus a moderate amount of retail space, on the property. The site plan hasn’t been finalized as the developer, along with Beame Architectural Partnership, is working on how best to situate the hotel and parking spaces on the site, Martin said. He isn’t ready to announce the hotel brand yet.
“This will be a nice entry to the intersection of Palm Avenue and Pines Boulevard that will identify Pines City Center at that intersection,” Martin said.
The main entrance to Pines City Center is currently further west on Pines Boulevard, and the the vacant office building is at the southwest corner of the busy intersection.
There are no major hotels in Pembroke Pines between University Drive and Flamingo Road, although there are some hotels further west along Interstate 75.
Martin said corporate travel and health care would be the main demand drivers for the new hotel. Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines is one of the busiest hospitals in Broward County.
Being part of Pines City Center would also make the new hotel attractive to guests, Martin said.
“Pines City Center is a good place for people to go to restaurants and shop and experience something in a walkable environment, and also have access to the cultural center the city built,” Martin said.