KIMCO BEGINS DEMOLITION OF HURRICANE ROLLER COASTER TO MAKE WAY FOR DANIA POINTE

The up-and-down ride for Dania Beach’s Hurricane, at one time the largest wooden roller coaster in the Sunshine State, has come to an end. Disassembly of the coaster -- which hit speeds north of 60 miles per hour in its prime -- began this week to make way for Kimco’s mixed-use center known as Dania Pointe. The wooden roller coaster will be taken apart piece by piece.

The wooden giant, which stood at 100-feet tall at its highest point and had more than 1 million feet of wooden beams, was closed five years ago and it’s been slated for demolition since we rebranded this Florida property in 2015.

“Dania Beach is no longer going to be just a little town," said Mayor Marco Savlino, according to an article by the local news affiliate, WSVN 7 News. "It will be recognized worldwide by everyone who flies in.”

And Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera added, "17,000 direct and indirect jobs because of this project alone in a city that has a population of just over 30,000. That's a big deal."

Dania Pointe’s proposed approximate 1 million square feet of retail space will transform the now vacant land into a Central Florida destination. Kimco plans to ground lease other plots of the 100-acre property along I-95 for hotel towers, Class A office space, and residential units. Not far from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, Dania Pointe is poised to become an entertainment and living attraction for the 1.7 million residents of Broward County; the first phase of the development is slated to open in Q3/Q4 of 2017. More than 270,000 passengers travel past the 1,500 linear feet of I-95 where Dania Pointe is being developed.

Check out the video below to see renderings of the new project and highlights from the demolition ceremony.