The Real Deal Miami

Fort Lauderdale to build park above Las Olas tunnel

October 22, 2013 12:00PM


Jack Seiler and Henry E. Kinney Tunnel

Fort Lauderdale has proposed building a pedestrian-friendly plaza on top of an extended tunnel roof at the Federal Highway entrance to Las Olas Boulevard.

Plans call for the front of the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel to be moved 26 feet to the north. Then, park benches and a tourist kiosk will be placed above the roof. The project will kick off in the next one to two years, after the city secures $840,000 in funding, officials told the Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has supported the park idea since 2009.

Fort Lauderdale’s development agency also has a $3.8 million plan to merge a big plaza on the north side of the Las Olas neighborhood with vacant space near the Cheesecake Factory. [Sun-Sentinel]Mark Maurer