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Electric Cars To Replace Trailers As Developers Change Gears

Developers are hustling to get with the times, even in the sleepy Fort Lauderdale suburb of Wilton Manors, where a former 7.25-acre trailer park will be developed into 179 spankin' new apartments. Apparently the site has been an eyesore for years and has severely impacted surrounding property values. Ascent Wilton Twenty Fourth Street, an affiliate of Boca Raton-based Ascend Properties, is building the $32 million complex made up of one and two bedroom units. Designed by MSA Architects, a rendering of the complex vaguely resembles a college dorm, aside from all the gray-hairs. Besides the usual resident amenities like a clubhouse, fitness center and pool, the development will also include a dog park, urban art plaza, and, yes, the ultimate in yuppy must-have amenities, an electric car-charging station (perhaps using the same wiring that once powered the trailers?). Residents of Wilton Manors should be happy to hear that the project also represents $530,000 in impact fees to the city for public safety, parks and recreation, an updated sewer system, and other services. —Margina Demmer
· Plans Announced For 179-Unit Apartment Complex [SFBJ]