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City of Pembroke Pines Breaks Ground on $60 Million Civic Center

By April 27, 2015No Comments

Mayor Frank C. Ortis, City Officials, & Design/Build team of Cartaya & Associates/Stiles Construction “Dig” into the Future on May 4, 2015


On Monday, May 4, 2015 City of Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Vice Mayor Iris A. Siple, City Commissioners Angelo Castillo, Jay Schwartz, Carl Shechter, and City Manager Charles F. Dodge will break ground on the future site of the Pembroke Pines Civic Center, a 60 million dollar complex located in the city’s mid-town district.

As the second-largest city in Broward County, Pembroke Pines has invested in the planning and development of the complex for more than a decade to infuse the city with an urban energy. The multi-purpose complex will include commercial, cultural, and residential components that will serve as the centerpiece for City Center. The expansive center will feature entertainment venues, apartments, office/ retail space, restaurants, and a hotel on the 80 acre site near the intersection of Pines Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

Civic Center design plans include a new city hall, a 3,500-seat state-of-the art performance/ conference space, a stand-alone Commission Chambers, and the Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall at City Center. The 11,000 square-foot, two story art gallery was named after Mayor Ortis in honor of his commitment to the cultural arts.

Pembroke Pines was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant for $50,000, and a $462,000 Tourist Development Tax Grant to develop and implement the inaugural event and building of the public plaza at Civic Center. The outdoor space which connects the facility with the surrounding communities will be used for multi-disciplinary performances and community engagement events.

“We are overjoyed that we can start building the future of Pembroke Pines,” said Mayor Ortis, who has served as mayor since 2004. “This is a great city to live and work in. The Civic Center will not only provide city services to our residents, but will also introduce exciting cultural and entertainment opportunities to the community-at-large.”


Monday, May 4, 2015
10–11:30 a.m.


10100 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026


About City of Pembroke Pines

Named “One of the Best Cities to Live in America,” Pembroke Pines is home to over 160,000 residents. Its 28 landscaped parks throughout neighborhoods and public places enhance the City’s natural beauty. Pembroke Pines was named “2014’s Best Place for Hispanic Entrepreneurship” by WalletHub, and was ranked by Money magazine as #32 in the top 50 “Best Places to Live” 2014. Pembroke Pines is the only city in Florida included on the list.

Incorporated in 1960, Pembroke Pines is the recipient of many awards including “All-America City,” and is widely recognized for its commitment to arts and culture, outstanding schools, and the level of services it provides to the multi-generational and culturally diverse community. The city is forward thinking in an ever-changing world. For more information, call (954) 435-6500 or visit

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