CORAL SPRINGS, FL- New apartments costing around $2,000 a month. A grocery store with hundreds of parking spaces above it. And a roundabout next to two eight-story buildings.

Is this a new project for Fort Lauderdale or Miami?

No, this is the proposed plan for a new development in downtown Coral Springs at the northwest corner of University Drive and Sample Road.

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The project’s builder, Amera, offered new details Monday on the development -- including a new name: City Village (formerly known as Village Square).

At a meeting with the city’s redevelopment officials, George Rahael, president of Amera, said he expects a total of 10 buildings to be constructed over a two-city block area, stretching west from University Drive to Coral Hills Drive.

He didn’t offer a specific timeline on when construction would start.

Half of the buildings would be constructed in the project’s first phase, including a three-to-four-story building housing a first-floor grocery store (23,000 square-foot) and other retailers (25,000 square-foot) with a 300-unit or so parking garage above them, he said.

The first phase also includes constructing four apartment and retail buildings, Rahael said.

More than 300 apartments, with monthly rent somewhere around $2,000, would be spread over three buildings, with two of them rising eight stories above Sample Road. A second parking garage would be constructed next to the third apartment building.

After those buildings are constructed, five more buildings would rise up next, three of them used for retail and office space (47,500 square-foot) and the fourth for medical offices (40,000 square-foot).

A fifth building would be reserved for a day care center (8,500 square-foot), he said.

Those last five buildings “would be subject to market conditions,” said Rahael, meaning it’s not clear yet when they would be built and how big they would be.

In the middle of the development would be a roundabout to steer traffic to all corners of City Village.

Rahael said his company is in the “final stages” of securing a grocery store for the development, hinting it would be a “popular” store that would draw shoppers from across the area. He declined to name the grocer.

One of the challenges in building the development is covering a canal running between the project’s two main properties, he said.

To get this done, it would take close to a year in getting approval and designs from various government agencies overseeing this work.

Another challenge, he said, will be to build a “ground-level crosswalk” from the development to City Hall just across on Sample Road.

Asked by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency Chairman John Walsh if City Village would have space for walking, Rahael said: “absolutely.”

Rahael said his plan includes building sitting benches, wide sidewalks, and plenty of greenery to make it desirable for people to walk through.

City Village would be built across the street from Cornerstone, another sizable development on the southwest side of University Drive and Sample Road.

That project also includes retail, office, and apartment space as well as a hotel. It’s scheduled to start building in the coming months.


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