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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - July 9, 2012 - For years, this stretch of U.S. 1 has sat empty and forlorn: vacant fields on one side, boarded-up retail spaces on the dereliction of Sears­town to the arts scene of nearby Fat Village. Then, this spring, South Carolina gym chain Pivotal Fitness opened a new facility in a formerly cursed location on the Sunrise curve. Judging from attendance, the area’s economy is ready for a renaissance: Pivotal Fitness and Fresh Market are nearly always slammed, and Radio-Active’s live shows fill the intimate space. With the opening of ...

Fort Lauderdale, FL - July 28, 2009 – Amera Barron Companies today announced the start of a new phase at Riverbend, South Florida’s first Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which spans nearly 100 acres along Interstate 95 at the western edge of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Riverbend Village, comprising 50 acres on the south side of Broward Boulevard, will encompass office, retail and residential development, complementing Riverbend Corporate Park on the north side of Broward Boulevard, which last year launched Broward County’s first new Class A office submarket in 20 years.

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By Paul Owers | South Florida | Sun Sentinel

September 23, 2008

Charlie Ladd and George Rahael won’t be distracted.

Despite skeptics and a free-falling economy, the developers say they are moving ahead with plans to reshape nearly 100 acres along Broward Boulevard, just west of Interstate…

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Places that attract George Rahael represent Florida sprawl stereotypes. One spot, ostensibly a city’s main intersection, is no more than six lanes of asphalt separating a confluence of parking lots. Another site is a forgettable strip of tired shopping centers.

Rahael and his Amera Corp. aim to make the first - an intersection in northwest Broward’s Coral Springs - into a $300 million office-residential-retail downtown. The second, west Broward Boulevard just off I-95, will take another $300 million to reconfigure for offices. He’s also starting a $60-million retrofit of a branch bank site in east Boca ...

George Rahael is helping to shape the future of western Broward. In Coral Springs, his development company is moving ahead to create a pedestrian-friendly “downtown” environment. A few miles to the east in Lauderhill, the founder and CEO of Coral Springs-based Amera Cos. plans to turn a vacant retail center into a one-of-a-kind mixed-use center with a Caribbean theme.“While west Broward has great homes, schools and playgrounds, people are yearning for a stronger sense of place,” Rahael says. “Today, suburban residents are seeking out places where they can walk, dine, shop and enjoy with their ...


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