News of a Walmart gives him hope.
“It will be good for everyone,” he said as he trimmed a man’s hair. “This area needs help.”
But not every one is happy with the selection of Walmart.
“We need something there, but I don’t think Walmart is a good idea,” said Sara Pierce, who works in Hollywood and was shopping at GFS Marketplace, which sits next to the vacant building. “I think Walmart will further depress the area.”
Idelma Quintana, president of the nearby Hollywood Gardens Civic Association, thinks differently. While Walmart is frequently met with some resistance in other communities — Hollywood is “welcoming Walmart with open arms,” she said.
The nearby Lawn Acres Civic Association also supports Walmart.
“The vast majority of people are looking forward to having a viable plaza,” said president Jean Morford.
Walmart has worked with the community to address some concerns, including noise, Morford said.
The city still has to approve the project, which could happen in September or October.
Micha is hoping demolition can happen by the end of the year.
At the same time business owners are hoping for new life to come to the intersection, State Road 7 is undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion project that will add landscaping and medians to the main thoroughfare, which is now two lanes in either direction.
The stretch from Pembroke Road to Stirling Road is the only piece in Broward that has not yet been expanded.
The street repairs will tie in great with the new development, said several business owners and the city.
“It can’t come fast enough,” said Sherwood.