POMPANO BEACH CONSTRUCTION: After taking the slow path to redevelopment for many years (decades), the past ten years or so have brought lots of new development to Pompano Beach.
The first major change was probably The Plaza at Oceanside. The luxury high-rise condo on the corner of A1A and Atlantic Blvd. replaced a shopping center and was built in 2008. Original developer, Lennar Homes, also bought the land across the street (including the home of the old Howard Johnson’s Hotel) with the intent of rebuilding that as well. Recession and bankruptcy stopped those plans.
But, a tough national (and local) economy did little to hamper the city’s CRA in establishing a master plan to build up both the East Atlantic Blvd. corridor and the Northwest and Old Downtown areas of Pompano Beach.
In the beginning of the current decade, the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) , then led by RMA (Redevelopment Management Associates), was responsible for the revitalization of the Beach front area, the many overhauls of Atlantic Blvd. Shopping Centers and several other projects early on, as well as creating the overall vision for the CRA master plan. Their efforts, combined with strong support and collaboration from then Mayor Lamar Fisher, the City Commission (including current Mayor Rex Hardin), the Economic Development Council (chaired by Tom DiGiorgio) and the Chamber of Commerce (then led by Ric Green) helped bring new businesses and attractions into Pompano Beach. These included The Foundry restaurant and the 26 Degree Brewery, the building of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and the development of the city’s Old Downtown arts district.
RMA, headed by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, remains an active consultant to the CRA and their original master vision plan largely remains in effect.
Most of the early (and even many of the recent) projects were developed primarily with public money. The next phase of development will be built primarily by private investors. The city continues to allocate money for projects where needed, including through the CRA and the G.O. Bond initiative, which allows for $181 million for a variety of improvement projects throughout the city.
Between public and private investments there are dozens of construction projects in Pompano Beach that have been just completed, are soon to be completed or will be getting started shortly. Quite possibly more than at any time in the city’s history.
Click here to read more about all the redevelopment projects in Pompano Beach.