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RMA Hired by Haines City for CRA Professional Consulting Services

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The award-winning economic development firm, RMA (rma.us.com), is proud to announce the firm has been hired by Haines City, Florida for professional consulting services to help execute the CRA 5-Year Strategic Implementation and Financing Plan. The plan will focus on key areas of the CRA, including Downtown, the Lake Eva Community Center and redevelopment within the East and Oakland Neighborhoods.

"We are honored to be working with the leadership of Haines City," said Allison Justice, RMA Senior Associate. "Our team will be utilizing the current redevelopment plans to focus on several target projects within the CRA to enhance the tax base and quality of life in the city."

Located in Polk County, in the heart of the state, Haines City is twenty-five miles inland from the Tampa Bay area and is a popular destination for both family and retirement residences.

The goal of the plan is to increase the tax base by implementing projects that will offer the most positive impact. By defining the investment plan, the CRA is better positioned to market and promote the area, leading to business attraction and redevelopment. The Financing Plan provides the associated funding sources while creating a transparent financial document that clearly demonstrates the investments the CRA intends to make year after year.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, "Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around."

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Pompano Beach CRA Seeks Restaurant Developer/Operator for Prime Site: Restaurant to Anchor Old Town Arts and Entertainment District

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is seeking sealed proposals from qualified respondents for the development and operations of a restaurant located in the "Old Town Arts and Entertainment District" in the City of Pompano Beach. The purpose of this Request For Proposal (RFP) process is to select a qualified respondent with proven experience, financial resources, and professional expertise to design, renovate and construct a new restaurant on this pivotal site. The City will receive sealed proposals until 2:00 p.m. (local), Monday, July 11, 2022.

The solicitation documents can be downloaded for free from the eBid System as a pdf (Bid #T-16-22) at: https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net.

"The Old Town Arts and Entertainment District has already attracted several leading restaurateurs, and now with this new opportunity, we look forward to partnering with an outstanding developer/operator who shares our vision for the area," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director.

Locals have dubbed the location the "Wash House," as the historic building was once a former laundromat. Conceptual ideas for the 6,089 square foot building include a high-quality, unique, diverse style restaurant or a craft brewery/wine bar with a food component of light bites or full kitchen. Roof top seating must be incorporated as an active use.

Currently, two restaurants are under construction in the district including South Bar & Kitchen by Mike Linder and Papamigos by Brian Faeth.

An Optional Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 9 a.m. (local) at 11 N.E. 1st Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 to provide Proposers with a site tour of the Old Town Arts and Entertainment District.

Proposers must be registered on the City's eBid System in order to view the solicitation documents and respond to this solicitation. The solicitation documents can be downloaded for free from the eBid System as a pdf at: https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net.

The City is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any documentation the Proposer receives from any source other than from the eBid System. Proposer is solely responsible for downloading all required documents. A list of Proposers will be read aloud in a public forum. To attend the virtual opening, go to https://pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/meetings to find the zoom link.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The CRA was created in 1989. It has two independent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.

The CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information https://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/government/cra

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City of Pompano Beach and its CRA Issue Invitation to Negotiate to Master Developers Globally

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach (City) and the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have issued an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for a Master Developer to help the City and CRA create a new Downtown and realize the vision of an exciting destination for businesses, residents, tourists, and other investment stakeholders.

In preparation for this ITN, the CRA hired globally acclaimed real estate firm CBRE as the exclusive agent to broadly market the opportunity and analyze responses for a Master Real Estate Developer for the +/-75.38-acres of publicly-owned land assemblages along the I-95 corridor. The City and CRA hope to secure a development partner by September 2022 and begin implementation of the new Downtown in 2023.

Responses are due on August 31, 2022 by 2 p.m. ET; details at https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net/

"Pompano Beach has become a red-hot real estate market for quality developers looking for sites for new projects. The investment the City and CRA has made in the public realm is attracting good growth partners and shining a light on this gem of a city in South Florida," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director.

Located in Broward County between Palm Beach and Miami Dade Counties, Pompano Beach is looking to capture the influx of new development interest flocking to the State of Florida. With land assemblies ranging in size from +/- .2 - 8.35 acres, the large amount of acreage is a unique opportunity to build on the foundation the City and CRA have laid for development of the new Downtown. A commuter rail stop is planned in the middle of the Downtown area and will connect the four intersections of Downtown where redevelopment is already occurring. Two new luxury apartment projects, restaurants and cultural buildings were all drawn to the area based on aggressive public investment by the City and its CRA. The public investments included a new $50 million beachfront, garage and pier, a $180 million bond for citywide public improvements, land use and zoning upgrades, infrastructure and streetscape improvements, and entitlements and availability of land for residential, hotel and commercial development.

"In Pompano Beach, we have a historic opportunity to create a thriving downtown from the ground up," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "There are very few cities nationwide with the ability to develop a new vision and trajectory for their city. With this project, Pompano Beach will be creating an economic driver for decades to come, one that will brand our city as a hub for technology, arts & culture, shopping, and nightlife."

Downtown Pompano Beach includes four quadrants: The Old Town District, also known as Old Pompano; The Civic Commons District, which includes City Hall, the library, and Cultural Center; the Innovation District, with MLK Boulevard as the "main street" between Dixie Highway and I-95; and a residential area.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The CRA was created in 1989. It has two independent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.

The CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information https://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/government/cra

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RMA Hired by City of St. Cloud for CRA Professional Consulting Services

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The award-winning economic development firm, RMA (rma.us.com) is proud to announce they have been hired by the City of St. Cloud, Florida for professional consulting services to help execute the CRA 5-Year Strategic Implementation and Financing Plan. Drafted by RMA and approved in February 2022, this plan provides a structured and proactive approach to guide redevelopment in the 706-acre CRA district, with the goal of attracting private investment.

"We are very proud to work with the City of St. Cloud," said Adriane Esteban, Senior Project Manager. "RMA developed a comprehensive and transparent plan that will support smart growth, while maintaining the character of this charming Osceola County community."

The goal of the plan is to increase the tax base by implementing projects that will offer the most positive impact. By defining the investment plan, the CRA is better positioned to market and promote the area, leading to business attraction and redevelopment. The Financing Plan provides the associated funding sources while creating a transparent financial document that clearly demonstrates the investments the CRA intends to make year after year.

Several key projects RMA will be focused on include the development of a new parking garage in the downtown, the creation of civic commons with an enhanced social environment, and CRA land asset analysis, along with the potential for further land acquisitions.

"We are delighted to be working with RMA as we implement the plan that will guide the growth and development of our City," said Bill Sturgeon, St. Cloud City Manager. "We are excited about both the near and long-term vision for St. Cloud, and we will continue to actively work with our stakeholders as we create a vibrant future for our residents and business owners."

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around.

Learn more: https://rma.us.com/

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Pompano Beach CRA announces RFP: Seeks Restaurant Operator for New Florida Destination

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Master Operator to renovate the historic McNab House and garage, construct a new kitchen, improve the surrounding area for outdoor dining, and design the dining program. The nationwide search invites commercial real estate professionals, with their restaurateur partners, and professional restaurant operators to submit proposals.

The solicitation documents can be downloaded for free from the eBid System as a PDF at: https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net. The proposal deadline is June 9, 2022 by 2 p.m.

"We are creating a world-class botanical garden which will attract visitors who support the restaurants with traditional dining, in addition to a variety of special events including weddings and educational tours," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the right operator to work with us in developing a key element of this forthcoming Florida destination."

The McNab House is an iconic 1926 structure that was moved and restored to become the centerpiece of the botanical garden. The CRA will consider proposers that respond to the initial phase ("Phase 1") of the project: the McNab House and garage operations, which include the outdoor patio dining, kitchen annex building, and loading area. Proposers are encouraged to define their vision for all aspects of the project including "Phase 2", which includes the tea house, event facilities, and other amenities. The CRA has divided the project into phases so operations may begin at the restaurant while the remainder of the botanical garden is designed, funded, and built.

The CRA's consultants, Bermello Ajamil, and Partners ("B & A"), produced a Conceptual Master Plan for the entire Botanical Gardens; however, specific uses and locations remain flexible pending involvement of the Master Operator.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989, with two independent districts. The Northwest CRA and East CRA were established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district. The Pompano Beach CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

For more information http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

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RMA Hired by Wilton Manors for Real Estate / Market Analysis and Branding Strategy

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The award-winning economic development firm, RMA (rma.us.com) is proud to announce they have been hired by the City of Wilton Manors for the WiltonNext project, a real estate / market analysis and branding strategy for the commercial corridors in the city. The purpose of the study is to analyze real estate and market conditions, support market positioning, develop marketing and branding strategy, and engage community stakeholders to enhance economic development along its major commercial corridors.

"RMA is honored to be working with this vibrant and nationally acclaimed city," said Sharon McCormick, Director of Business Attraction and Marketing. "The municipal leaders of Wilton Manors understand the tremendous potential of their community, and RMA is looking forward to crafting the best strategies for maximizing opportunities while maintaining the character of this special 'island city'."

RMA's study will focus on Wilton Manor's five main commercial corridors including Oakland Park Boulevard, Andrews Avenue, Wilton Drive, 26th Street, and Dixie Highway. Key items RMA will be analyzing include community retail needs, optimal retail mix, consumer spending, industry sectors, market positioning and development opportunities. In addition, the firm will create a marketing strategy, brand positioning and messaging for the major corridors and develop a strong, reliable identity for each commercial district, including all supporting materials. Once completed, RMA will develop an action plan with a tentative implementation timeline.

"We are excited to be partnering with the RMA team as we build upon Wilton Manors' vast achievements and usher in the next wave of economic progress in our city," said Leigh Ann Henderson, City Manager.

The City and RMA recently held the official public kick-off meeting, which was attended by over 80 residents, business and property owners. After the presentation, there was an engaging discussion about the future opportunities for the Wilton Manor's commercial corridors.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around.

Learn more: https://rma.us.com/

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Two TV Icons Take the Stage at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present the humorous and insightful stage play "Willie & Esther", starring 70s television legends Ted Lange and BerNadette Stanis. Combining quick-witted dialogue and deeply emotional scenes, James Graham Bronson's story follows two middle-aged African American lovers as they fantasize about robbing a bank.

Ted Lange, best known for his role as Isaac on "The Love Boat," and BerNadette Stanis, who gained fame as Thelma in the groundbreaking sitcom "Good Times," portray the couple for two special performances; Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75. Learn more at https://www.pompanobeacharts.org.

"'Willie & Esther' premiered in 1987 at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles and won first place at the Center's first short-play competition, beating out more than 100 other plays from around the U.S.," said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. "Since then, the play has had many successful stagings, including an acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Now, we are thrilled to launch our own production, showcasing the talents of two beloved television stars."

The play centers on a couple who hatch a plan to overcome their troubles by robbing a bank. A frustrated scam artist, Willie, is a warehouse worker scheming to achieve a big break. Meanwhile, Esther endures the drudgery of her beauty parlor job and Willie's endless schemes. Hilarious, touching, and real as a bad day, this play's truth is that sometimes the only way to overcome your troubles is to laugh at them with someone you love.

"Willie & Esther is riotous, seamless, even daring because it pulls out the emotional stops and triumphs on its own terms," -- Los Angeles Times.

ABOUT THE CAST:

BerNadette Stanis is a Juilliard School trained actress, best known for her breakout role as sassy Thelma Evans in "Good Times." Stanis is also the author of four books: "Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"; "For Men Only"; "Situations 101: Finances"; and "The Last Night."

Ted Lange personifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award he received from the NAACP. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Lange's career had gained worldwide attention as a gifted actor of stage and screen, revered director and prolific writer. He has written 25 plays and counts three Shakespearean plays among his directing credits.

RELATED PROGRAMMING:

Live on the Set: The Love Boat with Theodore Lange | March 24 | 7 - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "The Love Boat" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with Theodore William Lange who portrayed Isaac on the wildly successful television show. This romantic and comic drama aired from 1977 to 1987 on ABC and followed three story lines of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess.

Live on the Set: Good Times with BernNadette Stanis l March 25 | 7 pm - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "Good Times" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with BernNadette Stanis who played Thelma on the sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and developed by executive producer Norman Lear, "Good Times" was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a public housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago and the show's characters attempt to overcome poverty.

Writing the Play-Master Class with Ted Lange | March 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. | $65

In this playwriting masterclass led by legendary actor, playwright, and director Ted Lange from the iconic television show "The Love Boat" you will discover or rediscover, the playwriter in you! Whether you've never written anything before, you're experienced in another kind of writing, or you're a playwright looking to sharpen your skills, "Writing the Play" offers clear, step-by-step guidance in the basics: character, conflict, and structure, setting, dialogue, and formatting. But that's not all. Need to make that good script great? We'll study more than a dozen elements you can use in the rewriting process to move your script up a level and then discuss what to do next in the development process.

WHERE:

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, Florida.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City's premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City's Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

Learn more: https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/

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Current Builders Announces Annual Holiday Fundraising Program

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders (www.currentbuilders.com) is proud to announce the launch of their 16th Annual Holiday Fundraising Program. This year, the goal is to raise $75,000 to donate to Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Broward, Best Buddies, and the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. The award-winning general contractor established a foundation in 2005 to increase their community involvement, and to date they have donated over $400,000 to benefit deserving nonprofit organizations and to fund scholarship programs.

"This year we are increasing our fundraising goal and challenging our employees and construction colleagues to help us donate even more to these deserving nonprofits," said Michael C. Taylor, CEO. "These events of the past couple of years have been detrimental for many local charities, so this time, we are encouraging giving with a company challenge."

Current Builders has launched a friendly competition among the employees to incentivize giving. The department or construction project that brings in the most donations will be rewarded with a day of Paid Time Off for its members.

Current Builders' spirit of giving is an important part of its company culture; however, it is not just an end-of-year tradition. The construction firm takes part in numerous activities throughout the year to further the community including mentoring high school students, offering free in-house education programs for its employees, and building homes for those less fortunate.

To donate to Current Builders' Holiday Fundraising program, click the banner on their homepage at https://www.currentbuilders.com/.

About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues in excess of $250 million. Current Builders specializes in privatized student housing, multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior buildouts, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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Current Builders Announces Final Phase of Construction at University Pointe

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders (www.currentbuilders.com) has announced the start of construction of Building G at the University Pointe project in Davie, Florida. The project is the final phase of University Pointe, an 860-bed student housing campus. Building G is on the site's southeast corner and will include 24 units and 46,390 square feet in a four-story building.

"Current Builders is pleased to be Broward Student Housing's preferred contractor," said Eric Herlihy, Executive Vice President of Current Builders. "We have worked with the development, led by Robert Koenig and his design team, for more than a decade, and completed University Pointe's first phase in 2019."

University Pointe serves the housing needs of three area higher learning institutions including Nova Southeastern University, Broward College and Florida Atlantic University. University Pointe is Current Builders second high-end student housing project.

About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues in excess of $250 million. Current Builders specializes in privatized student housing, multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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Current Builders Promotes Brett Schreiber to Vice President of Construction

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders (www.currentbuilders.com) has announced Brett Schreiber's promotion to Vice President of Construction. Schreiber attained partner status in 2020, and this new promotion follows his successful management of the firm's largest construction project to-date, Uptown Boca. The mixed-use development was completed on-time, during the pandemic thanks to Schreiber's excellent management. The project was both the firm's and Schreiber's third commission with developer Rosemurgy Properties.

"Brett continues to distinguish himself as a leader and consummate construction professional," said Michael C. Taylor, CEO of Current Builders. "His dedication to the firm, along with his excellent communication strategies, tech savvy and smart contingency planning, has made him a rising star in our firm. We are very proud to offer him this promotion."

Schreiber joined Current Builders in 2012 and ascended to Senior Project Superintendent in 2016. He has continued to elevate his profile in the firm with his superior project leadership. In his new role, he will be responsible for the simultaneous oversight of numerous projects, including the Manor at Miramar, a $78 million assignment with Related Group.

"I am honored that Current Builders has provided me with this career trajectory," said Schreiber. "I am looking forward to my new role within the firm and the continued opportunity to work on high profile projects such as Uptown Boca and Manor at Miramar."

About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues in excess of $250 million. Current Builders specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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