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The City of Oakland Park Seeks Developer for Downtown Redevelopment Project

Oakland Park, FL (August 27, 2021) – The City of Oakland Park has issued a request for qualifications to identify real estate developers and investors to acquire up to six acres of fully entitled land in the heart of the city’s downtown on the southeast corner of NE 12th Avenue and NE 38th Street. The City has also secured willing seller statements for two privately held parcels, bringing the total area to 6 acres.

Colliers South Florida’s Director Bastian Laggerbauer and Director Brooke Berkowitz are consulting with the city on the request for qualifications and proposals process.

"The City of Oakland Park is committed to encouraging the continued development of a diverse, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly community,” said Berkowitz. “This development opportunity will continue the momentum in the downtown area, providing a dynamic setting for residents, businesses, the visiting public, arts and entertainment.”

The redevelopment project aims to create a mixed-use hub that includes high-quality residential, innovative commercial, living streets, urban green-space, and public parking. The FDOT Technical Analysis Team has also recommended Oakland Park as the next commuter rail stop north of Fort Lauderdale, and the proposed stop is adjacent to the development opportunity.

The development site is zoned in Oakland Park’s new code as The Downtown Core East. The zoning, with bonuses, allows for up to six stories and 75 residential units per net acre if certain requirements are met. As part of the development, all recreational elements currently on the city-owned lots will be relocated to the City-owned Greenleaf Park.

The City of Oakland Park is a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and forward-thinking community incorporated in 1929. As the City approaches its centennial birthday, community leaders have adopted an exciting new vision and brand to ‘Build Oakland Park’s Second Century.’ This plan includes new land development regulations, a citywide bond initiative, significant investments in infrastructure, an emphasis on business-friendly processes, and innovative policies that support public-private partnerships and private investment.


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Brooke Berkowitz

Director

Fort Lauderdale

As a Director in the Fort Lauderdale office of Colliers International South Florida, I am spearheading our newly expanded specialty practice focused on public institutions. 

With nearly 10 years of public sector experience, my most recent role was serving as Acquisition & Relocation Agent for HDR concentrating on right of way projects in Miami-Dade, Broward and St. Lucie Counties.

Prior to that, I was a member of the CBRE South Florida Occupier team, as an integral part of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s account management team which was responsible for the execution of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s strategic plan, including the evaluation, disposition, repurposing and management of the City’s leased and owned assets. I have also worked with the Public Institution Group representing Martin County and Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, in addition to four years working for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6.

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Bastian Laggerbauer

Director

West Palm Beach

As a Director, my focus is primarily on investment sales and providing the highest level of service to my clients throughout the South Florida region. I am proficient in valuating assets of all property types and implementing financial analysis through Argus Enterprise and Excel. During my tenure at Colliers international, I have been involved in deals exceeding a combined value of $350 Million. I have also engaged in select landlord representation, which has only enhanced my experience and ability to fully valuate and transact both income-producing and distressed assets.

My professional accomplishments include researching and analyzing historic and current data for the retail, office and industrial sectors in each submarket and creating individual, detailed reports for all three sectors in the tri-county area of South Florida.  I also earned my Argus Enterprise certification to further enhance my skills, while earning my Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Northwood University in 2015 and my Master of Science in International Real Estate from Florida International University in 2016. 

I was born in Munich, Germany, where I have family ties to Colliers International. My family founded the Munich office and I subsequently completed an internship before moving to the USA. My time in the Munich office only made me eager to further my experience in the industry and drove my decision to move to Florida to pursue my degrees, while working in the Palm Beach Gardens office. 

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