The Downtown Hollywood neighborhoods between the Federal and Dixie Highway corridors – Parkside to the south and Royal Poinciana to the north – have been plagued by disinvestment for many years. The Monroe Street light project was approved by the CRA Board to undertake a "pilot" project for the Neighborhood Capital Improvement Program.
The second street targeted for this project was Washington Street. This street uses Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures with .75 foot candle (fc) illumination. LED present many advantages over traditional light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, and improved robustness.
The Monroe and Washington Street projects were completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Survey results show that the LED lights on Washington street used approximately 50 percent less kilowatt hours (kWh) than that of the metal halide, which saves on electric service charges and energy usage. Future phases are under discussion.