To further assist with business growth and overcome economic deficits within the Broward Municipal Services District, the Economic Development Toolbox applies a holistic approach to stimulating commercial development and re-inventing small businesses seeking to improve their aesthetic appeal and increase profits. Managed by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, this ambitious program commits resources for the rejuvenation of District businesses with offerings that include:
- Facade/Property Improvement Grant Program
- Business Development/Redevelopment Grant Program
- Demolition Matching Grant Program
- Strategic Land Assembly Program
- Revolving Loan Program
Wal-Bri, LLC is the first approved project and currently in contract negotiations for potential façade and property improvements. Proposed Investment: More than $85,000 in matching grant funds; More than $3 million invested in the Economic Development Toolbox
This .64-acre unstaffed pocket park, serving Broward Municipal Services District residents, includes a 471-foot long walking path, green space, landscaping, irrigation, and solar lighting. It was originally named after the neighborhood -- Broadview Park. After Jan Washburn passed away in April 2017, the County recieved letters from the Broadview Park Civic Association, the Broward Sheriff's Office, and local leaders that asked for the pocket park to be renamed Washburn Park, in honor of the family's contributions to the community. The park was renamed in January 2018 and opened June 23, 2018.
New Minor Home Repair Pilot Program
In partnership with Rebuilding Together Broward County, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Minor Home Repair Pilot Program on December 12, 2017. The program will provide assistance to at least 20 elderly, veteran and disabled homeowners in the District with exterior painting, energy efficient thermostats or landscaping services at no cost to homeowners. Over a 12-month period, Rebuilding Together Broward County will execute a campaign to identify homes in need of exterior makeovers in conjunction with homeowners who do not have the resources to maintain their homes and proceed to complete projects within the program’s scope. The program kick-off included the 2nd Annual BMSD MLK Day of Service held on January 13th, in the Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood. This event included projects to remove blight from the community by cleaning vacant lots, and other general beautification including exterior painting of homes. Investment: $10,000
Neighborhood Parks Celebrate New Amenities in Central County and Broadview Park
In June 2018, the BMSD community celebrated the reopening of Lafayette Hart Park in Washington Park of Central County and the opening of Washburn Park in Broadview Park. The Lafayette Hart Park Improvement Project resulted in nearly all new amenities and landscaping throughout the park including the new playground with a mister, outdoor pavilion and facilities, paved driveway with decorative lighting, customized community center with entryway canopy, kitchen, and computer lab. Washburn Park is a new community asset featuring walking trails with butterfly gardens, benches, and green space for play and fitness activities. More than $940,000 invested in both parks increases access to excellent recreational opportunities. Check out the great happenings in BMSD neighborhood parks. The unveiling of new amenities in Sunview Park expected in 2019.
40 New Affordable Homes Coming Soon to the BMSD
During the summer of 2018, nearly thirty of forty new homes are in various stages of construction or permitting in Central County. Public-private partnerships between the County and ten local non-profits resulted in the conveyance of 40 parcels for development of forty new single-family homes within Boulevard Gardens, Franklin Park, Roosevelt Gardens and Washington Park neighborhoods. All 40 homes are minimum 1,500-square-feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Expected ready for move-in by mid-2019. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Affordable Housing guidelines used for purchase criteria. Investment: $8 million for the in-fill housing project; $3 million in funds for purchase assistance.
Read the July to December 2017 Semi-Annual Report
to learn about other investments that are being made in the BMSD.