All Aboard Florida is coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale and it couldn’t come soon enough.

All Aboard Florida is coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale and it couldn’t come soon enough.

“On a ragged stretch of downtown Fort Lauderdale straddling the railroad tracks, a rebirth is coming.

All Aboard Florida, the company that plans to launch Orlando-to-Miami roundtrip passenger rail service, has been quietly assembling land in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The scope of its deals — covering a large swath north of Broward Boulevard near the train tracks — has officials and activists saying the area’s blight could be erased. Though details have been scarce, the company has said it plans a passenger rail station downtown, and will surround it with new development. Hotel rooms, housing, retail, office space and a new courthouse and government center are among the possibilities.” – Sun Sentinel

There are, as always, certain aspects of this concept that need to be ironed out. But, as a whole this is a great plan for helping to revitalize a section of downtown Fort Lauderdale which has basically been stagnate for as long as I can remember. With the exception of a few small business’ the area of downtown in question is wasted land which has been underutilized and overlooked for decades. Considering most of this area is less than a 1/4 mile from some of the most expensive commercial and residential real estate in the county it is about time someone decided to do something with it.  A shiny new train station with a lot of commercial space for retail, dining/entertainment, and office space would go a long way toward the future development of downtown. It will also bridge a gap from Las Olas to Flagler Village including Fat Village which is just a few blocks north of the proposed project site, linking the areas together and hopefully creating a friendlier corridor for pedestrian foot and bike traffic.,0,2954937.story

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