Pompano Rising

FLMag.com, Erik Petersen – Long thought of as a sleepy neighbor where not much changes, Pompano Beach is riding a wave of successes amid ambitious development plans.

Amy Ballon notices details. As a sales and marketing professional for high-end South Florida real estate, she observes key changes in places. So when a Whole Foods Market opened in Pompano Beach, it didn’t pass by unremarked. “That in and of itself is such a huge thing,” she says. And she’d know. Ballon is sales director for Sabbia Beach Condos, a planned 19-story, 72-unit luxury development less than a mile from the Pompano Beach pier. Searching for something to compare it to, Ballon skips over Broward entirely and lands in northern Miami-Dade – particularly, the high-end condos of Sunny Isles.

And this development – where the “inexpensive” residences start in the low $900,000s – isn’t going up near the new hotels of Fort Lauderdale. It isn’t going up near the massive new Margaritaville resort in Hollywood. It’s going up in Pompano Beach.

In addition to the ongoing beach revitalization, the city has seen improvements along Atlantic Boulevard and the start of a new arts district. Chris Brown, Co-Founder & Principal at Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA), has seen and worked on much of that. Brown first worked in Pompano Beach in 2001, then focusing specifically on the beach area. Since 2009, he’s worked on the City’s Community Redevelopment Association (CRA), where he’s co-executive director along with Kim Briesemeister (Co-Founder & Principal at RMA). They’ve worked on building a fully rounded city with a cultural life to rival its business development. The two, Brown believes, go hand-in-hand.