Dear South Florida Swimming Community,
We at Hammerhead Aquatics have an ambitious project underway that we believe will be an asset to the community and help to promote healthy living, exercise and water safety.
For those that do not know me, my name is John Grzeszczak and I am swim coach and leader at Hammerhead Aquatics, a local Masters and USA Swimming program here in South Florida.
I am in the process of redeveloping the old Goodwill site located at 550 East Oakland Park Boulevard in Wilton Manors. Our project consists of repurposing the existing building into an indoor pool (50 meters & 8 lanes), a therapy pool, classroom, flex training room and lockers and showers. We have been working on the project since the beginning of the year and have recently been approved by the City’s Design Review Committee. Our next step includes going to the Planning and Zoning Board, then the City Commission (for two  meetings), then back to the Planning and Zoning Board. When we get through this process then we can move onto getting a construction permit and start the construction.
However, we need your help!
If you are in support of the project, we would like for you to reach out to the Planning and Zoning Board and the City Commission and voice our support. The first Planning and zoning meeting is this coming MONDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2018 at 7pm. Please attend, and bring your family and friends to show your support!.
Below is the project fact sheet and the contact information for the Planning and Zoning Board as well as the City Commission. Please call or email who you can and express your support and interest for the project. In addition, once we get the schedule for the meetings, if you are able to attend, in support of the project, please attend the meetings and speak in support of the project.
Stay tuned for meeting dates and I will post them on the Hammerheads Facebook page and let everyone know of the meeting date.
We are very excited at the opportunity to bring an indoor, first class, indoor swimming pool to the community.
Thank you for your interest! And CU in the Pool!
PROJECT FACT SHEET
Wilton Manors currently lacks a wellness oriented destination. This project will include a covered 50-meter swimming pool and therapy pool for masters swimming training, swim for exercise, swim lessons, competitions, exercise, physical therapy programs, and adult as well as infant classes. Additional spaces are to include recreational rooms, an outdoor kitchen, and a classroom for after school programs and camps. The design and redevelopment of this facility will significantly improve the community by creating a public amenity beneficial for all ages.
The project site is located at 550 E Oakland Park Boulevard, Wilton Manors, FL 33334 and is the vacant Goodwill building.
Program elements include:
1. 8-lane 50-meter lap pool
2. Therapy pool
3. Warm-up area for dry land workouts and stretching
4. Pool showers
5. Women’s locker rooms / bathrooms
6. Men’s locker rooms / bathrooms
7. Outdoor kitchen
8. Outdoor patio
9. Pro shop
12. Rooftop deck
As part of the approval process, the parcel’s zoning needs to change from limited industrial (LI) to general business (B3). The B3 zoning is the only zoning classification that would allow an aquatic center, as it falls under the land use of “athletic instruction”. Once the rezoning has been approved by the City Commission, then we go back to the planning and zoning board for approval.
In addition to the rezoning, we are asking the City to grant five (5) variances. The purpose for these requests stem from the geometry of the site. The site was developed in the 1950’s, and the City’s current land development regulations would restrict the use of the site. However, the current site plan meets the intent of the code and will be an improvement to what currently exists.
If you would like to learn more about the project, please feel to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, we have provided the current contact information for the Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission, if you support the project, please let the City’s decision makers understand the level of support in the community.
PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD MEMBERS
Nicholas Berry, Chair
Robert Cassidy, Vice Chair
Tim C. Theisen
Jeffrey Ferraro (Alternate)
CITY COMMISSION BOARD MEMBERS
Mayor Gary Resnick
Vice Mayor Justin S. Flippen
Commissioner Julie A. Carson
Commissioner Tom Green
Commissioner Scott Newton