While the feverish dance of cranes and tractors were the only pas de deux taking place on the large expanse, the sense of something amazing to come was palpable. Over the seasons, as people drove down Atlantic Boulevard, they were compelled to turn their gaze towards a dramatically designed new building that seemed destined for the spotlight. As the outside structure developed its iconic form, planning began for the extraordinary performances to come.
The vision is for it to become a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, urban, mixed-use downtown. While the city and its Community Redevelopment Agency CRA have been spearheading redevelopment activities in each of these districts, the geographic area of work will be reduced to the Innovation District inwhen there will be a significant decrease in funds.
Instead of spreading that money over the entire 3,acre NW CRA, the funds will be focused on developing the acre Innovation District in downtown, which is where the city is likely to generate the most economic development and revenue, said Kim Briesemeister of Redevelopment Management Associates RMAthe firm that has managed the CRA sincebut is expected to transition to a consulting role once an in-house team is hired by the city.
Martin Luther King Jr. The city and CRA own about 30 acres of prime real estate within the Innovation District, which are ripe for development.
The western-most portion of the site is one of the only assemblages left in South Florida that is undeveloped along the busy I corridor, with a major exit to an urban area and the Atlantic Ocean. Inthe area was rezoned for transit-oriented development, enabling higher density mixed-use in close proximity to transit operations: The first new retail building to be constructed on MLK Boulevard in decades opened at inand was leased to local businesses at minimal rents to support startup operations.
The goal was to create the framework for a new pedestrian-driven main street with retail on the ground floor.
The pompano beachs community Larkins Community Center. The space will serve as a culinary incubator that can be leased to The pompano beachs community businesses or new entrepreneurs who need to cook to commercial standards. Educational programs on the culinary industry will also be offered.
In July, the CRA hired a culinary kitchen incubator program manager. Across the street from the community center, renovations are underway at Annie Gilles Park to create an urban plaza. Completed in February of this year, City Vista includes rental apartments, plus 3, square feet of office space and non-residential uses on the ground floor.
It is now almost fully occupied. Part of the commercial space 3, square feet has been leased from the developer by the CRA to be used as a co-working space for local entrepreneurs.
The proposal was accepted by the CRA Board in July, and a development agreement is being drafted for approval in September. Future development in the Innovation District could includesquare feet of office space,square feet of retail, 35, square feet of restaurants, 1, residential units, and two hotels with a combined rooms.
The current zoning allows for a maximum building height of feet. Planned waterways in the Innovation district with walkable paths An Innovative Waterway System A crucial factor in catalyzing development in the district will be a new system of self-contained, linear waterways, which will create a scenic setting for outdoor cafes, restaurants, shops, offices and mixed-use residential buildings.
Inspired by the canal systems in Amsterdam and The Riverwalk in San Antonio, this series of waterways is an innovative drainage system that eliminates the need for dry retention ponds, allowing developers a maximum buildout capacity across parcels.
The next step in the project will be the design phase, which could start by the first quarter of It is expected to take about two-and-a-half years to complete the final design and secure all the necessary permits.
Construction could start by early Another infrastructure project that will be pivotal in attracting private sector development to the district is the revamping of the Atlantic Boulevard and Dixie Highway intersection.
The goal is also to enhance connectivity between the Innovation District, Old Town and the Civic Commons, and to create a beautified gateway to the city and its beaches when approaching from I Complete streets are designed to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
EDSA, an international planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, was hired to do the conceptual design. The firm has also been involved in every phase of the development of the Pompano Beach Fishing Village, from master planning to construction.
In the final conceptual design, a multi-use pedestrian and bike promenade with an average width of 10 to 12 feet is proposed along both sides of Atlantic Boulevard and Dixie Highway, as well as a minimum five-foot-wide curbside lawn with street trees. There would also be a 6- to 8-foot wide urban walkway along the north side of Atlantic Boulevard and the west side of Dixie Highway, parallel to the multi-use trail, but separated by landscaped planters and seating areas.
The existing turf and concrete medians would be widened to measure 10 to 14 feet, and landscaped with either palm or shade trees. To increase connectivity, two bridges for pedestrians and bikes are being proposed over the Pompano Canal from the Avondale neighborhood to Atlantic Boulevard, as well as a new pocket park overlooking the Pompano Canal at the southwest corner of the Atlantic Boulevard and Dixie Highway intersection, which is currently an unkempt open space.
A linear greenway park along the canal is also being considered. On Atlantic Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Cypress Road, there would be two lanes heading east, and two lanes heading west, instead of the existing three lanes in each direction. West of Dixie Highway, the three existing eastbound lanes on Atlantic Boulevard would remain with one becoming a left-turn lane when it reaches Dixie Highway ; the three existing westbound lanes would be reduced to two lanes.
Dixie Highway would retain its two northbound and two southbound travel lanes. At the intersection, the double left-turn lanes on Atlantic Boulevard and Dixie Highway would be reduced to one; the northbound and southbound right-turn lanes on Dixie Highway are proposed to be eliminated eliminating the northbound right-turn lane would require approval from the FEC.
All bus stops would be maintained, but bus lanes and pull-offs would be removed. The next step in the project is for the city to hire a firm to do more detailed design and planning, which is currently underway.La-Fashion Boutique Opens In Pompano BeachA new store selling women's clothing and lingerie has debuted in the Community.
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