Pompano Beach: Old Town

Services Provided:

  • Project Management
  • Public Placemaking Improvements and Urban Plaza
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Business Attraction
  • Urban Design, Planning & Cultural Arts

Placemaking & Public Realm Capital Investment

Pompano Beach lacked a true ‘downtown’ – a central business/commercial area. The city’s economic future depended on developing a downtown area to attract private investment and improve blighted conditions. It was also clear that the city had an absence of cultural arts uses. In addition, no new development had taken place in decades.

RMA led the efforts to establish a vision for a Creative Arts district in the historic downtown area called Old Town. The CRA acquired and renovated two historic buildings into two cultural assets that became catalysts for the redevelopment of Old Town. A major streetscape project including a new urban plaza with a fire fountain and production of business attraction events were also undertaken to create the foundation for defining a sense of place.

The CRA established the city as a cultural hotspot, attracted many new businesses to Old Town including a brewery, and lured a new $63 million mixed-use development in the revitalized downtown.