Broward County Mulls Development Near Hockey Arena

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Broward County officials are taking steps to develop an area around where the Florida Panthers play hockey in what is being dubbed "Downtown West."

Broward County is embracing a development plan for the 143 acres around the BB&T Center in South Florida.

A nonprofit real estate consultant group, The Urban Land Institute, was hired by the county to help develop plans.

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida  reports that the consultants say visitors leave the arena after shows or games because there's nothing there to capture them.

They suggest the land be developed with a potential mix of housing, a hotel, office space, retail, a casino and the hockey arena.

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