Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Boom Town!

Here is some info regarding Homestead that you may find interesting.

It was 12 ½ years ago, a giant stomped on Homestead, uprooting trees, flattening homes and turning the city into a war zone.

Now, there is no doubt Homestead is once more a boom town.

In 2003, Homestead Hospital announced it would relocate to Campbell Drive and expand to a five-story building with 120 beds. It will be the first new hospital in Miami-Dade County in more than a decade.

The $130 million facility, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is expected to be finished in late 2006.

Lennar, Prime and Pride Homes builders are erecting the Malibu Bay planned-unit development, slated to be completed by 2009 with 251 single-family homes, 257 town houses, 624 condominiums, lakes with pedestrian paths, a private club house and a recreation center.

More homes in the Campbell Drive area east of downtown are also scheduled to pop up with construction of the Waterstone planned-unit development's second phase, which will bring 1,126 single-family homes and town houses to the area.

Phase I of the development, with 1,058 planned units which all been sold -- is located west of Southwest 137th Avenue.

Many other residential projects on the east side of town are also under way. In all, a total of 14,500 units are expected to go up within 10 years.

All of this wwill more than double Homestead's population of nearly 32,000 by 2010.
Business Growth as well!

By the end of the year, residents could find themselves shopping at the Publix at Waterstone Plaza on the corner of Southwest 288th Street and 137th Avenue -- which will also include, among other stores, a Walgreens and a Blockbuster Video -- or at the BJ's Wholesale Club at the corner of Sixth Avenue and North Canal Drive.

Flagship Cinemas would bring in a 40,000-square-foot movie theater that would have stadium seating with about 2,400 seats, 14 screens and digital sound.

A symbol of the city's rebirth can also be seen in officials' plans for a sparkling new City Hall in the west side of town, close to the downtown area.