#WiltonDrive

The Wilton Drive Landscape Project

September 2021 Update

The project consists of:

 

– Repair of existing irrigation system and installation of new system components

– Removal of construction fill in landscape holes, replace with topsoil

– Installation of 50-60 trees and ground cover

– Maintenance of the landscaping for one year

History

The design process began in 2015 with the roadway narrowing and sidewalk widening. The construction of that portion began in August 2018 and completed in September 2019. That portion of the project was paid for by $2.7 million dollars in federal transportation funds.  

Meanwhile, the landscaping and irrigation system was being designed. When the roadway construction was complete in September 2019, the City was allowed to submit the landscape and irrigation design to the FDOT for review and approval of a permit. That process was completed with FDOT variance and permit approvals in September 2020.  

The City paid for the landscape and irrigation design, and was prepared to pay for the construction but were encouraged to apply for county transportation surtax funds to pay for the construction. We did so, and the project was one of the highest rated in the first funding cycle. That was in 2020. As the state process did, the county process has taken many months to complete approvals. The really good news is that the county has preliminarily approved about $270,000 for the project. The City Commission approved the interlocal agreement with the county in August 2021.

What’s next?  

An Invitation to Bid (ITB) went out, inviting companies to provide a proposal for construction of the project. Once that window to bid closes (about 30 days) a selection committee will meet to review and score the bids, and choose a vendor. The county will then review and, hopefully, approve the vendor. Once the city signs a contract with the vendor, construction on the irrigation system will commence. When that’s complete, the trees and groundcover will go in.  

How much will it cost?

The design documents indicate probable construction costs of about $250,000 in 2018, but until the bids come in we won’t know for sure.  Here’s what we have in funding for the project so far:

 

Broward County Surtax $270,000

City $100,000

Wilton Drive Improvement District $60,000

Broward County Tree Trust Fund$23,000

Private Donations $10,000

 

Total to Date $463,000

Next Phase

Once we understand the actual cost of the irrigation and landscape, we will know how much (if any) we have left over for the next phase, street furniture and lighting. The Wilton Drive Improvement District is currently reviewing designs for trash bins, bike racks, benches and more. City staff is seeking funding for electrifying the Drive, including uplighting for landscaping and outlets for holiday lighting.  

Our goal is to transform The Drive into an even more vibrant destination that will attract local, national and international visitors. 

Businesses and individuals can donate and support the beautification of The Drive while promoting a positive environmental impact in our city’s center. Did you know a shade tree can significantly cool down a sidewalk while providing thousands of pounds of oxygen a year? We hope you consider making a donation to the Wilton Drive Beautification Project. Any amount is greatly appreciated and your name will be added to our Donor List on our website. 

HOW TO DONATE

 

Click the “DONATE HERE!” button and select “00. Donations” in the drop down menu. Under “Donation or Note”, fill in “Landscape”.

Thank you for your generous donation! You are helping create the Main Street of our future.

The Wilton Drive Landscape Project

September 2021 Update

The project consists of:

 

– Repair of existing irrigation system and installation of new system components

– Removal of construction fill in landscape holes, replace with topsoil

– Installation of 50-60 trees and ground cover

– Maintenance of the landscaping for one year

History

The design process began in 2015 with the roadway narrowing and sidewalk widening. The construction of that portion began in August 2018 and completed in September 2019. That portion of the project was paid for by $2.7 million dollars in federal transportation funds.  

Meanwhile, the landscaping and irrigation system was being designed. When the roadway construction was complete in September 2019, the City was allowed to submit the landscape and irrigation design to the FDOT for review and approval of a permit. That process was completed with FDOT variance and permit approvals in September 2020.  

The City paid for the landscape and irrigation design, and was prepared to pay for the construction but were encouraged to apply for county transportation surtax funds to pay for the construction. We did so, and the project was one of the highest rated in the first funding cycle. That was in 2020. As the state process did, the county process has taken many months to complete approvals. The really good news is that the county has preliminarily approved about $270,000 for the project. The City Commission approved the interlocal agreement with the county in August 2021.

What’s next?  

An Invitation to Bid (ITB) went out, inviting companies to provide a proposal for construction of the project. Once that window to bid closes (about 30 days) a selection committee will meet to review and score the bids, and choose a vendor. The county will then review and, hopefully, approve the vendor. Once the city signs a contract with the vendor, construction on the irrigation system will commence. When that’s complete, the trees and groundcover will go in.  

How much will it cost?

The design documents indicate probable construction costs of about $250,000 in 2018, but until the bids come in we won’t know for sure.  Here’s what we have in funding for the project so far:

 

Broward County Surtax $270,000

City $100,000

Wilton Drive Improvement District $60,000

Broward County Tree Trust Fund$23,000

Private Donations $10,000

 

Total to Date $463,000

Next Phase

Once we understand the actual cost of the irrigation and landscape, we will know how much (if any) we have left over for the next phase, street furniture and lighting. The Wilton Drive Improvement District is currently reviewing designs for trash bins, bike racks, benches and more. City staff is seeking funding for electrifying the Drive, including uplighting for landscaping and outlets for holiday lighting.  

Our goal is to transform The Drive into an even more vibrant destination that will attract local, national and international visitors. 

Businesses and individuals can donate and support the beautification of The Drive while promoting a positive environmental impact in our city’s center. Did you know a shade tree can significantly cool down a sidewalk while providing thousands of pounds of oxygen a year? We hope you consider making a donation to the Wilton Drive Beautification Project. Any amount is greatly appreciated and your name will be added to our Donor List on our website. 

HOW TO DONATE

 

Click the “DONATE HERE!” button and select “00. Donations” in the drop down menu. Under “Donation or Note”, fill in “Landscape”.

Thank you for your generous donation! You are helping create the Main Street of our future.

The Wilton Drive Improvement District thanks the following for their generous donations.

FELIPE ARAGON

DOUGLAS BACHMAN

JAMES BARBER JR

CHARLES BELL

JAKE BIVIANO

DOUG BLEVINS

DAVID BOEHIKE

PAUL BONGAT

JULIAN BOUZAS

MIKE BRACCHI

RONALD CABBIBO

DOUGLAS CANDLER

JUAN CARLOS

RAYMOND CARRIER

JULIE CARSON

CLAUDIO CASTILLO

RICHARD CHESLEY

BILL CODA

PAUL CORNELISSEN

JOSE COSS

TOMMY CRIBINTE

CARLOS CRUZ

BARB DEMPSEY

DAVID DINCHER

MATTHEW DREGER

TOD DRISKELL

ALLEN EGGMEN

ETHOS WILTON MANORS

DANIEL ESTES

MICHAEL EKMAN

RICHARD & JUAN FERRGIOVALLADARES

ADRIENNE FOLAND

BRUCE GOWAN

MIKE HALTON

WILL HAAS

KEITH HUBER

MICHAEL KREUTZ

PAMELA LANDI 

PAISAN LAUMVITTAYAKUL

MIKE LEE

MARK LEQUE

BILL LINEHAN

ANTHONY LO GRANDE

MIGUEL MARTINEZ

BARRY MAYNARD

BOB MAZUR

WILLIAM MC CAFFREY

RICHARD & ANTONIA MEGERSON

MIKE MICCE

BARRY MAYNARD

TERRY MONTEL

DR GREG MOYER

HARVEY OWEN

HENRY PABIAN

ARNIE PALENZUELA

RONALD POSKUS

ADAM POWELL

JASON RAULLS

MATT REDMOND

GLEN ROGERS

CONSTANCE RUPPENDER

BIU SCHEETZ

DOUG SCHIDIG

RETRO DESIGN GROUP

RICK SNOCH

WILTON DRIVE REALTY LLC

WALL

LANCE WAAGNER

BILL VOLBRECHT

CRISTIAN VELASQUEZ

CARLOS VARGAS

CARLOS VARAS

LARRY TURK

MARIO TRTTIER

RONALD TAYLOR

DUKE STOKES

STEVEN STEGMAN

RAYMOND STARNES

ANDREWS SPINA

CHRIS SPIRH

JOHN WRENCH

PETER ZACCOGNINO