The City of Pembroke Pines Names New City Center
“Charles F. Dodge City Center”



Pembroke Pines, FL (April 12, 2017) -- The City of Pembroke Pines has named its new City Center Complex, located at 601 City Center Way, the “Charles F. Dodge City Center” in honor of its City Manager Charles F. Dodge.
 
“Charlie Dodge gives his all to this city, and has for 42 years,” said Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “His years of commitment, dedication and service to our residents and businesses have had an incredible impact on our City. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the City Center became a reality, and for that we are very grateful. It’s fitting that his name be associated with a project that is now the heart of our City.”
 
Dodge was hired by the City of Pembroke Pines in 1975 to serve as the City’s first Community Services Director.  He was instrumental in developing Broward County’s first center to assess and provide social services specifically for senior citizens.  Dodge was then promoted through the ranks of City government, serving as the City’s Director of Code Enforcement, City Clerk, Assistant City Manager and Acting City Manager before being appointed by the City Commission to serve as City Manager in 1989.  In 1996, he worked with the City Commission to implement their vision and create the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School System, which is a nationally recognized system operating seven public schools K-12 throughout the City.
 
“I am deeply honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charles F. Dodge.  “Our new City Center is just another example of our City’s innovation and ability to incorporate governance, culture and economic development for everyone in our community.  Our future is bright, and we can now begin new ventures.”
 
During his tenure as City Manager, the population of Pembroke Pines has expanded from just over 65,000 to currently well over 166,000. Dodge has overseen this extensive growth and development, playing a pivotal role in the acquisition and development of land for the City Center Complex, as well as harmonizing residents’ need for roads, parks, public safety and schools.
 
Everyone is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony for the “Charles F. Dodge City Center” which will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.  Immediately following, guests can enjoy light refreshments, live entertainment and tour the new City Hall, Commission Chamber, state-of-the-art performance/conference space, and “The Frank,” a multi-disciplinary, two-story art gallery and learning space.
Parking is available on the east side of the Center.
 
Upon build-out of its 80 city-owned acres, the Charles F. Dodge City Center will include apartments, office and retail space, restaurants, a hotel and other amenities. It is bound on the north by Pines Boulevard, on the east by Palm Avenue, and to the south by the Washington Street
right-of-way located east of Hiatus Road.
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Charles F. Dodge, City Manager City of Pembroke Pines
Charles F. Dodge, City Manager
   City of Pembroke Pines

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