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Hollywood Reservation projects continue to bloom

This rendering of the new preschool shows the entrance and an aerial view. (Courtesy Community Planning & Development)

HOLLYWOOD – Many of the tribe’s reservations have new construction projects that have recently been completed or are in work – including at the newest reservation in Lakeland. The Hollywood Reservation in particular is juggling several projects as the new year begins.

Harvey Rambarath, the assistant director of Community Planning & Development at the tribe, recently gave the Tribune an update on significant capital improvement projects that have been completed or are in varying phases of progress.

Residential projects

Seminole Park townhomes: All 103 townhomes have been built and construction on an accompanying playground is ongoing.

Seminole Park single-family homes: All 68 homes by homebuilder Lennar have been completed and community infrastructure is being wrapped up.

Townhomes at RV Hideaway: This project will add 29 townhomes and a community playground at the old RV Hideaway area of the reservation. The final design is under review and demolition work is in progress. Oak trees from the site will be relocated along Osceola Drive and Royal Palm Boulevard at Seminole Estates.

Eight Clans replacement: The existing Eight Clans Estates buildings are set to be demolished and replaced with 18 townhomes, a community playground, and an expanded parking lot to accommodate cemetery parking. Florida Power & Light (FPL) has started electrical work and demolition is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022. Construction of the project’s infrastructure is expected to begin in mid-2022.

Commercial projects

New preschool/administration offices: This new school facility will include classroom pods, a commercial grade kitchen, a cafeteria/auditorium, playground and various support spaces. The design-build contractor is set to be selected in the first quarter of 2022 and construction is set to begin in July 2023.

New senior center: Rambarath said the planning phase of this project is ongoing. A new, larger facility – 20,000 square feet on six and a half acres – has been proposed at Seminole Estates with construction to begin in 2023. The development would feature several amenities.

Priscilla Sayen Way apartments: This multifamily development would provide 16 apartments (three and four-bedroom) when completed. Construction is ongoing and should be completed by July 2022.

Fire station: The construction phase of a second floor build out called the “Fusion Center” is ongoing and completion is anticipated by July 2022.

Tribal headquarters upgrades: Tribal headquarters is expected to undergo “hurricane hardening.” This project includes replacement of the exterior glazing of the building with impact windows and doors. The project is currently out to bid and construction is anticipated to start in April 2022.

IT datacenter upgrades: Generator and system upgrades in progress would add a dedicated generator for the tribe’s information technology (IT) datacenter. The project is currently in design phase and it is anticipated that construction will start in December 2022.

The former Eight Clans Estates building will soon be demolished to make way for 18 new townhomes. (Rendering courtesy Community Planning & Development)
Tribal headquarters is scheduled to undergo “hurricane hardening.” (Courtesy Community Development & Planning)
The new senior center would be 20,000 square feet once completed and have several amenities. (Rendering Courtesy Community Planning & Development)
Construction is underway on the Priscilla Sayen Way apartment complex. (Courtesy Community Planning & Development)
Sixty-eight single-family homes have been completed at Seminole Park. (Courtesy Community Planning & Development)
Damon Scott
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