Categories: Placemaking & Public Real Capital Investment Projects

Our team is committed to enhancing the physical qualities of a place and highlighting the cultural and historical values that define it. We have guided some of the largest and most successful redevelopment efforts in the State of Florida resulting in billions in private 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.

The City of Pompano Beach did not have a defined downtown, therefore spent 20 years acquiring properties with the goal of attracting development. Although over 30 acres in total acreage had been acquired, the parcels were not contiguous and did not attract development as planned. The areas appeared blighted and the massive among of vacant land led to duping and crime. The adjacent neighborhoods were angry and fell into disrepair as well. Only a handful of business and churches remained on the Main Street, MLK. The area lacked urban housing, employment opportunities, and cultural amenities that are critical components of being competitive in today’s economy. Private investors passed the city by when looking for redevelopment sites despite the amount of land available.
RMA proposed a series of strategies including marketing the area as an Innovation District and applying a visionary waterway system that could be a dual drainage/public amenity. The city endorsed the Innovation District concept and the plan for business attraction and economic growth, cultural facility development, land development regulation amendments streetscape improvements, and citywide & district branding and marketing.
The RFP attracted five development proposals that are under review. Interest from investors and developers has increased based on the vision to create a dense, urban, and pedestrian-oriented downtown that will support residents/visitors as a hub for employment, education, business incubation, cultural arts, retail, and commercial services.

The City of Pompano Beach had not invested in its own public realm (streets, roads or beach area) in decades. Ultimately, the CRA issued a bond and, over an 18-month period, initiated a major $12 million beach and dune renovation on the barrier island and extensive streetscape improvements along Atlantic Boulevard, a major east/west highway connecting I-95 to the beach. At the same time, Harbor Village, a blighted strip center with tired retail and restaurant bays fronting the street, was undergoing a multi- store façade renovation with over $2 million in improvements. Atlantic Boulevard and the related businesses were the entryway to the beach area, and the incredible improvements had a profound impact on upgrading the City’s image. Residents and business owners, weary of rerouted and slow traffic patterns, needed a grand celebration that would re-introduce the entire area to the region and beyond. The RMA marketing team developed and executed a comprehensive event plan, spanning from west of the intracoastal waterway and across the bridge to the waterfront boulevard, showcasing the multi-million-dollar investment from both the public and private sectors. RMA’s marketing and public relations strategies attracted over 10,000 event attendees and Pompano Beach instantly became recognized as a place to be for quality beach and outdoor activities while the improvements also decreased the leakage of entertainment dollars leaving the City.