KEEPING AN EYE ON SUNRISE
The West Broward city keeps expanding, with new development in real estate and retail.
RCA MIAMI, the Realtors’ Commercial Alliance, and the Broward Council of the Miami Association of Realtors recently hosted a panel event at Metropica, the $1.5 billion, 65-acre master-planned community i n Sunrise, titled “The Vision of West Broward Downtown.” Real estate professionals and guests discussed the city of Sunrise’s changing landscape, with input from local luminaries such as Sunrise Mayor Michael Ryan, Metropica’s Erick Collazo, Sawgrass Mall Director of Marketing Development Chris Valle and Mark Lubelski, Director of Community Development for the City of Sunrise. The panelists shared insights on the current state of the residential, commercial and industrial markets, the expansion and future plans for Sawgrass Mall, redevelopment plans and park system expansion of east Sunrise, the Sawgrass Business and Entertainment District, and project updates on Metropica.
In the spirit of the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the St. Louis Gateway Arch and even the Washington Monument, Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, as part of a spectacular
$1.5 billion expansion project, is putting up a guitar-shaped hotel tower on the property with a Hard Rock casino inside that houses 3,267 slot machines, 178 table games and a redesigned and rebuilt (to the tune of $100 million) Hard Rock Live with 7,000 seats in a theater-style configuration. Designed to resemble back-to-back guitars, with guitar faces, necks and brightly lit guitar strings that reach 450 feet into the sky on both sides, it will be the flagship destination of the Hard Rock International empire owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The expansion will also include 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. What else we can expect: 806 additional guestrooms and suites, with 638 in the guitar tower, where all the rooms will be 525 square feet or larger, and an additional 168 guestrooms and suites that will be located in a seven-story Pool Tower that will flank the
pool complex, bringing the total number of guestrooms and suites at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood to more than 1,300. At the base of the guitar tower will be an elaborate 10-acre pool complex highlighted by the “Bora Bora Experience,” with private villas surrounded entirely by water and waterfalls, with luxury accom-modations that include private plunge pools and butler service.
The expansion will open in mid-2019, in advance of Super Bowl LIV at nearby Hard Rock Stadium in February 2020. Leaders of the Semi-nole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming, who own and operate the casino complex, recently got together on the expansion site to celebrate its construction progress with a traditional Hard Rock “Guitar Smash” ceremony and community event.
“Our ancestors and elders welcomed curious tourists to our Florida reservations, and today’s members
of the Seminole Tribe of Florida will soon welcome visitors from all over the world to what will become a landmark destination,” says Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. “Our guitar tower will attract global attention.” Indeed, it will.