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Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village to Expand With Food Market and Loft Apartments

Big plans are headed for Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village with intentions to expand the city’s art district at the corner of Sistrunk Avenue and NW Second Avenue near Flagler Village.

What’s now an old warehouse and fenced-in lot will become West Side Market, an indoor market with food vendors, a brewery, a rooftop garden and eventually loft apartments built for artists and other professionals who work from home.

“We want to create an epicenter for the arts district,” says Steven Dapuzzo, West Side Market’s project manager and founder of Society 8 Hospitality. “It’s the next upcoming area in Fort Lauderdale.”

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The food hall will have communal-style seating, where all the restaurants will surround the tables. A brewery is also part of the plans, as well as a rooftop garden to supply ingredients.

“Everything we’re doing is local,” Dapuzzo says.

West Side Market will only have restaurants that are locally based—no chain restaurants— and the company will hire local artists to help design the market.

“It creates a culinary incubator. Restaurants are feeding off each other for a great environment,” Dapuzzo says.

The food hall will be modeled after concepts in Atlanta and New York City.

The market is phase one and is set to open at the end of the year. Phase two will include building lofts behind the market, with internet-driven facilities and co-working spaces.

Communal rooms will be built inside the apartment buildings in order to create a live-work space for artists and other professionals who work from home.

“This way they won’t have to go anywhere to get work done or have to rent another space to complete their work,” Dapuzzo says.

Dapuzzo hopes West Side Market brings attention and jobs to the area.

“It’s for people working, for people becoming entrepreneurial,” he says. “We’re embracing the community.”

Photo via Facebook/FATVillage Arts District