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More Than a Fat Chance

The development incorporates a mix of residential units, commercial establishments, and innovative workspaces to cultivate a dynamic and flourishing cultural center.

Hooper Construction announced a partnership with Stiles Construction to build the FAT Village project in downtown Fort Lauderdale. FAT (Food, Art and Technology) Village is a joint venture between Urban Street Development, which is led by Fort Lauderale’s Tim Petrillo and Alan Hooper, and Hines, a global real estate firm. Plans call for two residential hi-rise towers with 601 apartments, a 1,200-car parking garage, and 80,000 square feet of retail space. It is expected to break ground this year and be built in three phases.

“Our innovative approach to sustainable and tech-friendly office spaces is the first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale, and we’re excited to bring this to the FAT Village community,” Alan Kennedy says, Managing Director of Hines. “FAT Village will redefine what it means to live, work, and play in an urban environment, bringing together the best of modern technology, art, and entertainment truly innovatively.”

The project aims to integrate the local culture and history into the development, ensuring that FAT Village remains a significant part of Fort Lauderdale. The project’s completion is anticipated in 2026.

“This is a big step in the evolution of Flagler Village.  The new FAT Village will deliver a sense of place for all residents and creative types with much-needed lifestyle retail in one convenient hub,” said Alan Hooper, Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Street Development (USD). “With our innovative blend of urban residential, creative office, local food and beverage, and artist workspaces, FAT Village will usher in a new era of modern spaces that will entertain our residents and visitors not only during monthly art walks which made FAT Village such a beloved part of the city, but every day of the week.”

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.