Urban Street Development | Alan Hooper
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Alan Hooper / Co-founder

There are few developers that self perform all aspects of development, real estate acquisition, leasing and sales, property management, project development and design/build construction. And there are even fewer who understand the back of house and operational programming that goes into food and beverage and retail and how those operations will interact with “above shop” housing.

One of these few is Alan Hooper—a co-founder of Urban Street Development, founder of Hooper Construction, Hooper Realty and Hooper Management, and a partner in The Restaurant People, Inc. For the past 23 years, he has designed, developed, constructed, managed, leased and sold a variety of neighborhood revitalization projects. Over the years his companies have carved out a niche within urban neighborhoods. Along with his partners, Hooper has built a “re-development” business that focuses on revitalization in areas within a variety of markets that possess the potential for growth and renewed lifestyle. For his efforts in both business and community, he was awarded the 2006 Fort Lauderdale Citizen of the Year and 2008 Downtowner of the Year.

Hooper has both a creative and pragmatic train of thought which he applies to the different projects that his companies develop. This allows him to deliver a complete product that not only meets the budget but that is attractive to the end user, thus helping to mitigate the risk in a risky business.

He is also a pioneer. In 1996 he and his partners breathed life into a sleepy neighborhood in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on SW 2nd Street. Starting with Himmarshee Bar & Grille, and continuing with Tarpon Bend Restaurant and then the New River Trading Post, Hooper and his partners were instrumental in creating an entertainment district known as Himmarshee Street. Soon others followed, and today Himmarshee Street is the trendy entertainment district in Downtown Fort Lauderdale for young professionals.

In 1999 Hooper and his partners recognized the demand for downtown lofts before there was any being built in South Florida.  He understood the concept and in order to be authentic, they needed to be located close to downtown, but also required an edgy, industrial feel. He acquired 4 acres of blighted land within an old warehouse district of downtown Fort Lauderdale that had been for sale since 1978. The project fit perfectly in its location and was well received by young professionals and empty nesters alike. By 2006, he had built and sold the Avenue Lofts, Foundry Lofts and Mill Lofts and with that created a new neighborhood called FAT Village.

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More recently, because of their unique understanding of how the finished product would live and breathe, the Seminole Boosters selected Hooper and his team to design, build and manage the FSU College Town project in Tallahassee, FL, a 156,000 square foot entertainment and student housing project overlooking Doak Campbell Stadium.  Being selected as a College Town developer allowed his companies to flourish during a down real estate market in which many companies closed their doors. This first phase in the Booster’s “College Town Master Plan” has already inspired several nearby land acquisitions by other student housing developers.  It is projects like these, which improve the local experience, that drive Hooper and his partners.

Recent Projects

Himmarshee Village, Entertainment District Downtown Fort Lauderdale

  • Rio Nuevo Building:
    6,000 sq. ft. Restaurant/Retail building
  • Himmarshee Bar & Grille:
    3,100 sq.ft. Restaurant
  • Side Bar:
    3,000 sq. ft. bar
  • Old Town Square:
    15,000 sq.ft. Two Story, Mixed Use
  • Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle:
    5,500 sq. ft. Restaurant
  • San Loco Cantina:
    3,200 sq. ft. Taquieria
  • Urban Brew Café:
    900 sq. ft. Coffee Shop
  • New River Trading Post:
    39,000 sq.ft. Mixed use riverfront project 18 Live/Work Units/Restaurant/Office Space
  • Blue Jay’s Café:
    1,800 sq.ft. Gourmet Eatery
  • Florida Opera Center:
    10,000 sq ft. renovation
  • Agency Net:
    6,500 sq. ft. National Advertising Agency

FAT Village, CRA District Downtown Fort Lauderdale

  • Avenue Lofts Phases 1-5:
    4-6 Stories  100 Loft Units, 10,000 sq. ft. retail
  • Mill Lofts:
    7 Story  36 Loft Units, 2,500 sq. ft. office
  • Foundry Lofts:
    7 Story  36 Loft Units, 1,500 sq. ft. office/retail
  • Extra Space Storage:
    7 story, 75,000 sq. ft.
  • 421 Leeds Office Building:
    2,500 sq. ft. Leeds Silver Office
  • City of Fort Lauderdale CRA – Andrews Ave/NW 1st Ave/5th Street Streetscape Project

Other Relevant Projects

  • Broward Workshop – Board of Trustees
  • Urban Core Committee – Chairman
  • Broward County Management Efficiency Study Committee – Appointee
  • Jack & Jill Children’s Center – President
  • Saint Anthony Foundation – Vice President
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – Board of Trustees
  • Himmarshee Village Association – Vice Chairman
  • Tarpon Bend Foundation – President
  • Fort Lauderdale Downtown Council – Steering Committee
  • Museum of Science and Discovery – Past Board of Trustees
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Society – Past Board of Trustees

Community (Current & Past)

  • City of Fort Lauderdale “Downtowner of the Year” 2008
  • Florida International University Medallion “Outstanding Alumnus” 2007
  • Chamber of Commerce “Broward Business Leader” 2007
  • Junior League of Fort Lauderdale “Community Service Award” 2007
  • Sun-Sentinel “Excalibur Award” Broward Business Leader of the Year 2006
  • South Florida Business Journal “Diamond Award” CEO of the Year 2005
  • South Florida Business Award “Up & Comers Award” Leaders under Forty 2004

Recognitions

  • City of Fort Lauderdale “Downtowner of the Year” 2008
  • Florida International University Medallion “Outstanding Alumnus” 2007
  • Chamber of Commerce “Broward Business Leader” 2007
  • Junior League of Fort Lauderdale “Community Service Award” 2007
  • Sun-Sentinel “Excalibur Award” Broward Business Leader of the Year 2006
  • South Florida Business Journal “Diamond Award” CEO of the Year 2005
  • South Florida Business Award “Up & Comers Award” Leaders under Forty 2004