According to historical documents, Hanford maintained a vision for the creation of a beautified, more local alternative to SR 826, linking the mall to West Dixie Highway to the east. Recognizing the foresight and vision of Mrs. Hanford and her numerous contributions of lands to the City for public purposes, the City Council changed the name of NE 164th Street to Hanford Boulevard in 1975. As south Florida’s urban revitalization trend waves through North Miami Beach 50 years later, Hanford’s vision for a beautified, local business corridor alternative is coming true.
For one week during May of 1999, North Miami Beach's stakeholders teamed with experts in city planning and landscape architecture to develop a vision for City Center - the new civic, cultural, and retail heart of NMB.
Using the process known as a Charrette, the group imagined a City Center featuring Hanford Boulevard as North Miami Beach's main street - an exciting and attractive, pedestrian-friendly place in which people from all walks of life could enjoy working, residing, shopping and entertaining themselves.
The first phase of reconstruction on Hanford Boulevard began in 2000 and involved 1 block from NE 19th Avenue to NE 18th Avenue. It was completed in May 2002.
With the successful completion of the demonstration block, the City began to complete the reconstruction on the remaining sections of Hanford Boulevard to the west, ending at NE 15th Avenue, and to the east, from NE 19th Avenue to West Dixie Highway. Completed in March 2007, the City celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 30, 2007. View photos from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.