Five-Tower RK Center Megaproject Proposed In Fort Lauderdale Next To Brightline Tracks

The owner of a Sears property in Fort Lauderdale is proposing to build a large project called R.K. Center with 5 towers, including replacing the store itself.

R.K. Center is geared for an active urban lifestyle and is designed to provide amenities for the project as well as the general public and surrounding neighborhoods, the developer wrote.

According to the developer, the architecture of R.K. Center takes its inspiration from the mid-century modern era in which the original Searstown was developed, while adding modern flare and materials to create a Fort Lauderdale style to the project.

Active ground floor uses are proposed around the entire site to present a pedestrian face to all sides. Both food service and street front retail uses are proposed.

The project will include:

  • Parcel 1 (three towers – 30 stories, 30 stories, and 15 stories) – 819 residential units, 71,960 square feet of retail/office, 4,000 square feet of restaurant, 4,000 square feet of food hall, 1,351 parking spaces.
  • Parcel 2  (17 stories) – 192 hotel rooms, 22 residential units, 3,480 square feet of restaurant, 1,290 square feet of cafe, 288 parking spaces
  • Parcel 3 (15 stories) – 135 residential units, 4,718 square feet of retail, 2,295 square feet of restaurant, 10,312 square feet of art gallery, 230 parking spaces.

Rannan Katz’s RK Associates is the developer, with FSMY the architect.

The project was sent to Fort Lauderdale’s Design Review Commitee this week.

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

The title of the article is misleading to anyone not familiar with Ftl. The development is next to the Brightline “tracks”, but is over a mile away from the actual Brightline station. Its about a 30 min walk. Not complaining just saying its not next door to the station. Its the equivalent of saying Wynwood is near Brightline Miami. (South Wynwood is about a mile and a half)

I do like the location because it will push Ftl downtown development boundaries up north. Sunrise Blvd south to the river are what I would consider the potential core of Downtown Ftl. So seeing something of this magnitude on Sunrise is definitely a plus.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I don’t think this is outside of the planned development area of Fort Lauderdale, but I would call it the northern boundary of it. Federal is the main North/South corridor of the city and is completely full of new development. The Wave Streetcar that was approved(?) but never implemented would have gone right through here.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The Wave streetcar wasn’t supposed to go anywhere near here.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Victoria Park Elite is having a massive heart attack

Anonymous
8 months ago

Before Fort Lauderdale approves a project of this size, the city needs to get a handle on its sewage system issues. Multiple pipes burst over the last month due to aging pipes that all need replacement.
I would guess that this project will face a lot of local opposition.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The people who are trying to “hault all development” in Fort Lauderdale are the epitomy of hysteric NIMBYism. For one thing a hault to approvals today would take years to impact the rate of development.

I don’t think there is a proven root cause associated with new development anyway. Most of the issues are happening in the oldest neighborhoods in the city (Rio Vista and now Victoria Park). The reasons why those neighborhoods are suffering is because their infrastructure is all 50 years old. The obvious smart move is to let the new developments help to fund the infrastructure projects. Otherwise property taxes will have to pay for them.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good point on the sewer pipes. However, the City will maximize on development charges/impact fees and none of that money will end up in infrastructure. That seems to be the prevailing practice for most Cities these days.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The reason behind the decrepit sewer system is the crop of past (and current)
politicians that avoided raising revenue to save citizens a buck by leveraging the “we keep your taxes and rates low” approach to winning votes at the polls. Since these pipes fall into “the out sight out of mind” mantra, the general public doesn’t a give a you know what about addressing these kinds of issues until they see poop floating around in their front yard. I don’t think developers should be punished for something that the City should’ve started fixing a long time ago.

Afi Keita James
8 months ago

I Know, we need to fix our infrastructure first.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Sounds more like trying to get approval then flip.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Raanan Katz, the developer behind this, seems to be legit. The problem is Ftl is not prepared to be the Next Miami, pun not intended. Sewage pipes are constantly bursting, and traffic is worse in Downtown Ftl than in Miami. No metro-rail, no metro mover, just two lanes streets that don’t even have turing lanes. I want to see this project come to life but the city itself needs to catch up. You guys complaining about Miami’s lack of planning need to visit Ftl to understand what real crappy politicians look like.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That’s tough to hear because although we have a boundary on a map, our communities and economies are tied together, would love to see FTL step it up like you are mentioning.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s true. Decades of NIMBYs and budget cuts won’t let the city move forward. They had the chance to have a streetcar that would have helped encourage pedestrian developments North and South of the Brightline, only to cancel the project at the last moment.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’m all for a module transit systems in ftl but the “Wave streetcar” system was pretty horrible. It was a way over priced, the two mile loop didn’t really go anywhere, and it would have run on the street, (as in it took away from car lans). They need an elevated people mover and something that goes further distances. Or if it was to be street level use a back street not Andrews ave. And it has to connect the airport/cruise port and ideally the beaches, las olas and 2nd street entertainment district.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I don’t think they would ever approve above ground transit… and I don’t know if would even be possible the core of downtown ftl is pretty tight and is pretty much already built out…

Anonymous
8 months ago

But wasn’t it put up for a vote and people voted for it?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes but that was the best chance of getting the ball rolling there. Now it’s going to be another decade at least before anything is even talked about again, and traffic will only get worse

Anonymous
8 months ago

The city’s plan now apparently is to intentionally make traffic bad by removing lanes on roads and cut off all alternate routes (everything is pushed to Federal Hwy with few alternate options) to force us into some sort of transit system.

I’m not opposed to a transit system of some sort, but the proposed Wave streetcar would have been useless.

Anonymous
8 months ago

“moving forward” isn’t blowing millions on a crap streetcar project that will worsen traffic. Also, Brightline runs North and South so your post about encouraging developments North and South of Brightline makes no sense.

Anonymous
8 months ago

““moving forward” isn’t blowing millions on a crap streetcar project that will worsen traffic.”

There is no way you don’t have a perfect life. I mean, to know what would’ve happened if the WAVE Streetcar had been built is some biblical prophet shit.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not the fault of nimbys. More like bad govt and lack of consistent planning.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That streetcar would’ve been a waste of money. It didn’t go anywhere. It ran mostly along Andrews Ave. and didn’t connect busy parts of the city like downtown with the beach or Coral Ridge area.

peej
8 months ago

Completely out of scale for the neighborhood, but still better than the Searstown Ghost Town.

Approval should be contingent on substantial sewer upgrades for their entire block.

Afi K. James
8 months ago

The searstown in fort Lauderdale is dead period, I used to good there back in the 80’s and 90’s where searstown was at it’s prime, now it’s a f**** joke and it’s a shame, because it was a classic, I am gonna miss it, I can’t wait to move back to south florida for good in the coming months to finally say goodbye to searstown, it was a blast, now it’s a thing of the past.

#ripsearstown 1955-2020 after 65 amazing years, he same year my mama was born.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Fat village and Mas distract as alot of highrises going up so it wouldn’t be out of scale.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That would be too smart for politicians to have developers pay to fix infrastructure. Can u imagine that type of accountability lmao

Anonymous
8 months ago

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Anonymous
8 months ago

What a crock pot headline. Trying to mislead us into thinking it’s next to brightline station. I almost had a heart attack thinking Club Fort Lauderdale will be demolished for this.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Um, the headline didn’t try to mislead anyone. The headline says “Five-Tower RK Center Megaproject Proposed In Fort Lauderdale Next To – BRIGHTLINE TRACKS!!!!”

This site is not responsible for your poor reading comprehension.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The project lying next to brightline tracks is irrelevant. There was no need to mention that all. Not even in the story and especially in the headline.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Excuse me but when did site promise that they’ll write something that focuses on YOUR ability to understand?

Anonymous
8 months ago

A more accurate headline would’ve been “Five Tower Megaproject Proposed at Searstown in Fort Lauderdale next to Brightline Tracks.” Or just “Five Tower Megaproject Proposed at Searstown in Fort Lauderdale” with no need to mention the Brightline tracks at all.

No it didn’t say it’s near the Brightline station, but the headline implies it, and connects the Brightline for no reason, as it’s not close enough to the station to matter.

Anonymous
8 months ago

So the present sewerage lines can’t service the existing capacity and now they’ll be this massive amount of crap going into them?
FTL, be careful what you wish for.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes. And the City will be pocketing around 10k per unit in development charges that won’t make into upgrading/updating the sewer pipes.
That’s the way it works.

Anonymous
8 months ago

the article complained about all the traffic and congestion in that area and yet they want to build all of that and add more congestion with all those apartment building and hotel rooms. sounds kind of dumb………….

Anonymous
8 months ago

You still haven’t noticed that the population in Florida keeps increasing have you?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Go big or go home? RK owns so many centers! I didn’t know they develop also.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Hmm I wonder if they’re going to bulldoze the plaza with glitch bar. This area is called fat village, its like wynwood ten years ago. But I guess its going the large development route like wynwood is going.

Madonna
8 months ago

No, this is the adjacent property to the East

Anonymous
8 months ago

Looks like the Sydney Opera House had a b*****d child with Arquitectonica. The design is WIP. Less gunmetal grey boxes, more lighter colors and curves, please.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Convenient parking will encourage train travel. Very good.

Anonymous
8 months ago

its a 30 min walk to the station and 40 mins walk to las olas.

Anonymous
8 months ago

missleading title

Anonymous
8 months ago

You’ve gotta pick up your walk pace!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Hey I just used maps and it said 27 mins walk.

Anonymous
8 months ago

More like 15 minutes, I walked to fat village from the brightline when I visited.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I lived in Flagler village and you’d have to be walking real damn slow to take 40 mins to las olas… it’s only a 15 20 mins top walk

Anonymous
8 months ago

just get a scooter

Anonymous
8 months ago

1839 parking spots. Next to the brightline station. If we can’t build limited parking next to an intercity rail line (with Coastal Link in he future) then we can’t anywhere.

Hopefully FTL planning officials reject the amount of parking proposed.

Anonymous
8 months ago

next to brightline tracks, not the station. look at the map

Anonymous
8 months ago

got it. the title while correct was slightly misleading

Anonymous
8 months ago

So what you’re saying is if I lived there and decided to go to say, Miami or Orlando, I’ll drive instead of taking this train because the developer provided me with parking space?

And what does your “pipe dream Coastal Link” have to do with this anyway?

Anonymous
8 months ago

You can get on the train if ur going to Orlando or miami, but if you are trying to go to the beach, the airport, Las Olas, the government buildings, downtown college campus or hospitals you’ll need to get into a car.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Who said the Brightline train will take you to those places anyway?

outdated condo docs
8 months ago

…and we can find buyers or renters for these places without parking in fantasyland and pay the construction note with monopoly money.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Some people like being next to an train station but still having an car to go to the keys or Orlando.

Jesus
8 months ago

Yes, build these skyscrapers! You know there should be a law to build from now and 10 years out for example, only build next to mass transit. That should fix traffic.

tulokito
8 months ago

boooooo no broward posts boooo

Rem
8 months ago

Like it or not, all of South Florida is connected. I don’t see why it’s a big deal that some Fort Lauderdale news is reported on this site.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Because some people have a narrow view of the world.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not in Miami so don’t care and go Shore Power!!