BOT Members Anthony Barbar and Interim Prez Dennis Crudele meeting with Boca City Council 10/22/13
Anthony Barbar, BOT Chairman
- Talked about the importance of FAU-Boca town-and-gown connection.
- Very appreciative of how we were able to work together to bring the bowl game to Boca.
- Introduced Dennis Crudele.
Dennis Crudele, Interim President
- FAU is a $6.3 billion economic impact
- Talked about FAU/C-USA arrangement and television impact, citing various networks that will be showing our games and our city on TV
- FAU stadium is one of four new locations selected for post-season bowl game (room applauds); it’s a six year commitment. Bowl game will bring national media attention to FAU and the community
- FAU has 31,000 students this year with nearly 3,500 FTIC students
- 20th Street Overlay Project; talking with faculty, staff and student focus groups to see what they would like there, expects a report available before the end of the semester
- Mayoral candidate Susan Haynie: “I think the 20th Street overlay is essential… invaluable. So pleased to hear its happening so quickly.” Crudele: “Us too. We’re fast-tracking the focus group forms.”
- Mullaugh: “Comment for the BOT; I recognize that I don’t have any vote on the next President but I’m very impressed with the interim president.“
- Mayoral candidate Anthony Majhess: “The competence is apparent and we're appreciative of the interim president. I pushed for annual meetings between our board, the FAU BOT and the hospital and I look forward to that.”
- Mayor Whelchel (regarding the bowl game): “We like to get involved in all the fun and enjoyable activities that bring attention to the city and certainly we’ll tag along in that.”
- Mayor and several others wished Crudele would "remove the interim label" and just be the president.
i do echo the sentiments of the Boca peeps, the guy is awesome and we'd be lucky to have him as a president
And if I hear anything about an alumni/local business (e.g. It's Owl Time) focus group (which I doubt there will be), I will pass it along.
Whats the likelihood of affordable off campus housing popping up around there?
Awesome. Did it have a link you can share with us?
352Owl saidI got an email with a survey about developing 20th.
Posted On: Oct 30th 2013, 4:13 AM
Nice! Good work.
352Owl saidIt asked if I'd be interested in efforts to develop it, what I'd like to see (retail, nightlife and restaurants) and on an "other" option I expressed that I'd like 20th to be renamed University.
I guess that depends on your definition of affordable. Most places are probably going to run about $1200 - whatever the market will bear. To that end, you're not going to see a newly constructed apartment building offering rents of $500 for a 1/1 or $900 for a 3/3.
352Owl saidWhats the likelihood of affordable off campus housing popping up around there?
But there WILL be housing over there. University Park will be constructed at the intersection of 20th and Dixie. That's the first confirmed one. There are others in various stages of development like The Grove, but that would be north of Addison Park, and La Vida apartments, which only have 11 units and aren't technically student housing but it will be on 20th.
As I see it, the key will be to develop mixed-use housing in that area: stores on the first floor, apartments up top. And I think that will happen in the next few years, though I haven't seen any specific plans for that yet.