In February 28th, 2017 The Broward College District Board of Trustees entered into an pre-development agreement and ground lease with Stiles Corporation for the redevelopment of Willis Holcombe Center, address 225 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The work at the Broward College Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus has started.
The studens and administrative employees have moved to the building on Las Olas Boulevard, that Broward College shared with Florida Atlantic University.
Once completed, the new facility will create spaces that would benefit students attending the downtown center. The outdoor courtyard will provide a flexible, multi-use plaza for events, student activities, classroom instruction, and public gathering places. The new project will have lots of upgrades that include a pavilion for outdoor events and classes, and affordable restaurants and shops near campus.
In addition to spaces for College use, the facility will incorporate approximately 380,000 square feet of office space, 17,500 square feet of ground floor retail and dining, and an associated parking structure.
Stiles Corporation acquired parcel adjacent to the Broward College Campus and to the north, so the final project will include one city block on Las Olas Blvd. between SE 2nd Ave. and SE 3rd Ave.
The mixed use development will improve the pedestrian experience, and will be served by the Wave street car.