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The City of Homestead celebrated yet another step towards revitalizing Downtown Homestead with a Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for the expansion of Losner Park. Located in the heart of Downtown, the expanded park will breathe new life into the area, creating a space for residents and visitors to enjoy the picturesque historic architecture and vibrant community life. This is only one of many projects underway to boost the economic and cultural development of Downtown Homestead.
“It’s been just over a year since the Bond Referendum, when the citizens of Homestead spoke up loud and clear in support of Downtown revitalization,” said Mayor Jeff Porter. “Working together with the City Council, City Manager, and City Staff we have been able to make impressive progress in this short time. I’m proud to be kicking off what will be a place for our community to gather for many years to come.”
With the way cleared for the expansion of Losner Park, Homestead’s bold Downtown revitalization project is moving forward with a series of civic and community ventures. These include the construction of a new City Hall and new Police Station, as well as the restoration of the historic Seminole Theatre as a cultural arts center. There are also plans for a new parking garage with premium retail and an iconic tower celebrating the history and ecology of the Everglades.
Directly between the new police station and the revitalized Seminole Theatre, will be the expanded Losner Park. This new civic plaza will provide an ideal place for people to gather for outdoor movies, community events, or just a relaxing day at the park. Already, architects have been hired to create a plan for this exciting new community space.
Sasaki Associates is a world-renowned architectural firm that incorporates many disciplines such as urban design, landscape architecture, graphic design, and civil engineering to create collaborative and innovative designs. Their projects range from master-planning the 2015 PanAm Games in Ontario to designing the US Capitol Visitor Center. Moving forward, Homestead’s Mayor and City Council will be working hand-in-hand with the firm and city staff to create the design and plan for the expansion of Losner Park.
The kick-off to the Losner Park expansion comes in the midst of Downtown Homestead’s continued progress to the future. Earlier this year, Homestead Police Department moved from a dangerous building into a new temporary facility, the new City Hall is nearing completion ahead of schedule, and the much-anticipated opening of the Seminole Theatre will occur this fall.