Pompano Beach seeks transformation with new projects

By Brian Bandell

Pompano Beach has community redevelopment agency-initiated plans sprouting on two sides of the city.

Two restaurants signed developments agreements on the beach near the city’s new parking garage and an apartment building broke ground in what’s slated to become an Innovation District.

The CRA and city built the parking garage at 10 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. and made improvements to the beachfront area. It leased developable property between the parking garage and the beach, plus the 6,000 square feet of commercial space in the garage, to Pompano Pier Associates.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based LM Restaurants agreed to build two restaurants on the sand: the 6,700-square-foot Pompano Beach House and 9,570-square-foot Oceanic, PPA co-owner Timothy L. Hernandez said.

Landmark Cos. recently broke ground on the City Vista Apartments along Atlantic Boulevard just east of Interstate 95. It will have 111 apartments and 3,800 square feet of ground-floor commercial space at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Northwest Sixth Avenue. The CRA will manage the commercial bays as co-working space, program director Dahlia Baker said.

The CRA is working on a design for the entire Innovation District, a 38-acre area where 15 acres are owned by the CRA or the city, said Kim Briesemeister, principal of Redevelopment Management Associates, which was hired to manage the Pompano Beach CRA. The plan calls for a linear drainage systems — narrow waterways between the parcels — to replace a large drainage site. That would free up more of the property for development.

Briesemeister said the new Innovation District zoning would allow up to 750,000 square feet of office, 165,000 square feet of retail, 35,000 square feet of restaurants, 1,500 residences, and two hotels with a combined 420 rooms.

“One reason Pompano is taking off is because everyone bought into the concepts we brought here eight years ago,” Briesemeister said.

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