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Pompano Beach CRA Wins FRA Award for Atlantic Boulevard Bridge Enhancement

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA is proud to announce that the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge Enhancement is the 2020 winner of the Best Transportation Transit Enhancement category at the annual Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards, which were bestowed November 19, 2020.

Focused on creating a sense of community and adding art elements to the transportation in Pompano Beach, the Pompano Beach CRA developed a bridge that would serve as a landmark, as well as offering a sense of place and destination whether traveling by land or water. This project serves multi-functional uses with its nautical themed infrastructure. Elements included in the enhancement include grand bridge entrances, repurposed pedestrian walkways and tender house facade improvements. It is now a symbolic welcome for residents and visitors.

"We are honored to have this outstanding project recognized by FRA," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "And we appreciate everyone who worked with us on the beautiful transformation of this bridge including the City of Pompano Beach, Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, Burkhardt Construction and artist Dennis Friel."

One of the most stunning features of the bridge are two large sails at either end which feature a computer-operated lighting system that allows the sails to change colors for special occasions. This "sail" theme continues the style that was launched with the City's Pier Parking Garage.

Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness - including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions. A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (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 Pompano Beach 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: http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

About FRA:

FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of "transforming spaces, revitalizing places," FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida.

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Pompano Beach CRA Announces ‘Love Always, Pompano Beach’ Website and Marketing Campaign

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA is proud to announce their new marketing campaign, "Love Always, Pompano Beach." The all-encompassing annual program will feature local businesses located in the East CRA District, sharing special offers and experiences to attract residents and non-residents alike.

The campaign kicks off with "Sunset Sips," showcasing promotions from local restaurants. Following this launch, Shop Pompano and Play Pompano campaigns will debut. Capturing the signature style of the area, the http://www.lovealwayspompano.com/ website will become the first destination before any excursion or night on the town!

"We are excited to be launching this campaign," said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA Director. "The East CRA District has an outstanding array of restaurants, shops and attractions that will offer a variety of enticing specials. During this time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we help promote our local businesses and raise awareness about all that Pompano Beach has to offer."

Sunset Sips | November 15-December 31, 2020

Join us as we toast Pompano Beach with a spectacular campaign that is sure to dazzle foodies and cocktail connoisseurs alike! As the sun sets, the specials rise! So, make a new Happy Hour tradition, and visit LoveAwaysPompano.com for drink and dining specials, food pairings, tasting menus and more. These offers are available Monday-Thursday from 3-8 pm. Notable participants in the campaign include beachfront favorites Oceanic, Beach House Pompano and Lucky Fish.

Shop Pompano| November 28-January 15

What better day to launch a shopping campaign! Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season with a cheerful reminder to "Shop Small!" Supporting local businesses will be even more rewarding when you visit LoveAlwaysPompano.com for details about discounts, gift with purchase/ services offerings, loyalty cards and so much more.

Play Pompano |December 1- January 31

Pompano Beach is the perfect place for sun, fun and adventure! And now, you can enjoy all these options like a VIP. Make your first destination, LoveAlwaysPompano.com and plan your day with our carefully curated list of suggestions that always include special discounts, visitor promotions and more! Whether you want to unplug or amp it up with an action-packed stay-cay, we've got you covered!

The Love Always Pompano website, www.lovealwayspompano.com will offer an ever-evolving array of specials from featured local businesses.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (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 Pompano Beach 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 http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

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Smart Growth Strategies in Pompano Beach Are Protecting City from COVID-19 Fiscal Stress

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- While other cities around the country are considering raising taxes, or already have, in response to budget shortfalls due to COVID-19, the Pompano Beach CRA has announced that residents of the City of Pompano Beach are experiencing one of the lowest tax rates in Broward County according to the recently released 2021 millage rates.

This financial stability is due in large part to the smart growth strategies that have been occurring in the City during the past few years. The City's investment in redevelopment and infrastructure has attracted quality private development bringing in new tax dollars and additional support for local businesses, allowing the City to maintain the tax rate.

"Leadership in Pompano Beach knew the importance of tapping into the City's real estate assets-- land and property, in order to create a more economically stable municipality," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "By properly managing these assets and taking a proactive stance, we have been able to create new revenue streams to benefit the City and its residents, which also offer a layer of protection during unforeseen events like this pandemic."

Pompano Beach began its transformation in earnest in 2009. After decades of decline, a targeted, economically-driven plan was launched, making the City an attractive location to the private investment community. The City prepared for the growth by establishing development guidelines and zoning laws to protect the City from over development. This plan is working to eliminate blighted areas and enhance the quality of life for the community.

Developments such as Koi, Sabbia, Heritage at Pompano Station, Avery Place and the new restaurants and retailers at the Pier such as Beach House and Oceanic have added approximately $166 million in new property valuation and more than $1 million dollars in new property tax revenue to the City over the past few years. Between 2015 and 2019, the City has seen an increase of approximately $39 million or 39% in major tax and fee revenue sources including property taxes, half-cent sales taxes, state municipal revenue sharing, franchise and utility taxes, franchise fees and communication service taxes.

These enhanced revenue streams have allowed the City to maintain its financial stability even through the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 millage rates were recently released, and out of 31 cities in Broward County, Pompano Beach is the 6th largest, yet it has the 11th lowest tax rate, according to the Broward County Property Appraiser's Office.

"Without the strategic growth policies that attracted this private investment, we would be under tremendous fiscal stress right now," continued Tran. "The economic impact of good growth has been extremely important for the long-term success of our City and the prosperity of our residents."

This development has been carefully managed to maximize the benefits including a strong tax base, job growth and small business support, while also addressing important resident concerns by regulating building height, creating walkable spaces and connectivity between projects and exploring ride sharing initiatives to manage traffic congestion and enhance mobility. Cities who invest in their public assets and build quality amenities for their residents tend to be the most fiscally stable. The City and CRA's investment in our public assets have been instrumental in attracting private sector investment.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (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 Pompano Beach 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 http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

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Pompano Beach CRA Announces a Special McNab House Presentation

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Pompano Beach residents are encouraged to attend a special presentation about the McNab House & Botanical Gardens during a virtual Pompano Beach CRA meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. The presentation will introduce Randy Hollingworth, Director of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from the award-winning, international firm Bermello, Ajamil and Partners (B&A).

Hollingworth will explore potential concepts generally found in botanical gardens based upon his extensive experience in creating outstanding public parks and open spaces.

To view the meeting please visit, https://bit.ly/35mPz30.

"Randy will be discussing a variety of space-compatible elements for potential inclusion in a botanical garden. This phase begins with a clean slate and no preconceived notions," said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA Director. "We are excited to share the possibilities and to launch the public input workshops."

The McNab House, built in 1926, was moved from its original location on Atlantic Boulevard, when the owners sold the land for development. With the support of the Pompano Beach Historical Society, the Pompano Beach CRA saved the historic home, moving it several blocks to McNab Park, with the vision of transforming the home into a restaurant and the surrounding land into a botanical garden. The goal of the McNab House and Botanical Gardens project is to continue economic growth with the East CRA and Atlantic Boulevard corridor. Activation of the park will encourage more pedestrian activity and create a unique attraction with park elements for residents and visitors to enjoy.

"There is tremendous potential for the McNab House & Botanical Gardens to become a premiere attraction in Broward County," explained Hollingworth, who is a Partner at B&A, the Miami-based firm that is contracted to design the botanical garden. "During this presentation, we will not be focusing on specifics, instead exploring an array of visual concepts that have been successfully implemented in similarly-sized urban parks and open spaces. I join this project with no preconceived notions, just stunning possibilities. And I look forward to robust public input leading to the creation of an amenity-filled botanical garden."

The Pompano Beach CRA offered multiple public meeting opportunities during Phase 1 and is tentatively targeting November 2020 for an initial community stakeholder meeting to discuss the design process.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent 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 Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach 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://pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

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The Pompano Beach CRA Announces a Request for Co-Working Space Applications

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA has announced a request for applications from entrepreneurs interested in becoming members of "GROW," a co-working space, managed by the nationally acclaimed team, Digital Grass Innovation and Technology. This innovation hub will provide a myriad of support systems to local business owners looking to accelerate their success via three membership levels.

Applications for GROW, which is located in the first floor commercial space of City Vista, are now available at http://growceo.space/.

"GROW will be an outstanding opportunity for local emerging business owners to obtain an unparalleled support system," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "Digital Grass has helped countless entrepreneurs achieve their goals through the company's development tools, mentorship, symposiums and advanced services."

The team at Digital Grass refers to this hub as a CEO Space, as they believe that every business owner, no matter the size of their endeavor, should envision themselves as a CEO.

"Our mission is to create an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida," said Michael Hall CEO and co-founder of Digital Grass. "We are an experienced team that has achieved remarkable success for our clients through our strategic business development plans. With GROW, we are looking forward to sharing our success, failures, resources and relationships to help emerging businesses acquire the skills necessary for long-term success."

One of the biggest challenges new businesses face is lack of accountability and honest input from a true focus group. GROW will offer white board sessions where members will benefit from the team's feedback and insightful suggestions. The CEO Space will also provide opportunities to receive individual consulting, marketing services, graphic design, web development, business evaluations and participation in an annual accelerator program. Another aspect of GROW's mission is to create a social environment, both in the space and throughout the community, to help entrepreneurs' network and feel connected.

"One of the biggest obstacles many emerging business owners face is isolation, especially those who work from home," continued Hall. "GROW will provide a stimulating environment for these entrepreneurs to connect and regain inspiration."

Membership will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and is available at three levels:

INTRO ENTREPRENEUR (SEED) - DIGITAL NOMAD
Member with no desk or dedicated space, Regular Internet Speed, Access to Monthly Events and 4 Monthly Visits

BEGINNING ENTREPRENEURSHIP (SPROUT) - WORK-FROM-HOME PROFESSIONAL
Community Desk Access, 5ghz Internet Speed, Common Area, Operating Hours Access, 4 hours of the conference room, Monthly Check-In

FULL-TIME ENTREPRENEURSHIP (BLOOM) - ENTREPRENEUR
Includes dedicated desk, 5ghz Internet Speed, 8 hours of the conference room) Monthly Check-In, Weekly Gathering, Dedicated Mentor

About Digital Grass:

Digital Grass Innovation & Technology (DGIT) is a collective of professionals collaborating to co-create solutions focused on innovation and promoting inclusion in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Through co-creation efforts with companies led by women, minorities, and LGBT individuals, Digital Grass transforms, develops, and promotes inclusion by increasing the presence of diversity in technology, entrepreneurial ventures, and through informative content creation and social interactions. For more information, visit http://digigrass.com/

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent 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 Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach 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 http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra.

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Major South Florida Development Prospect Located in Opportunity Zone – Pompano Beach Looks Nationwide for Master Developer

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach and its redevelopment agency have over 30 acres of land located in an Opportunity Zone out to bid seeking a Master Developer for an Innovation District in the downtown. The land is one of the last undeveloped areas in South Florida bordering the I-95 corridor with direct beach access. Deadline to submit a Letter of Interest is July 10, 2019.

Interested developers and brokers can view the details at https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net/CurrentSourcingEvents.aspx

"Having this area designated an Opportunity Zone offers tremendous tax benefits for the Master Developer who is selected for the project," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "The Opportunity Zone program has become a catalyst for the private sector to develop underserved communities, bringing new businesses and jobs to the area. We are enthusiastic about the potential for this project to transform a once blighted area into an economic hub for the region."

Opportunity Zones are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors. Investors can defer tax on prior gains invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) until the earlier of the date on which the investment in a QOF is sold or exchanged, or December 31, 2026. The development community is quickly learning the benefits and seeking land that has been granted the designation. More details on Opportunity Zone tax benefits are available from multiple sources.

Over the past 20 years, the Northwest CRA has assembled over 30 acres of land within the almost 70-acre Innovation District. Most developable parcels are generally located along the busy I-95 corridor and Atlantic Boulevard, making this one of the last prime development opportunities of its kind in South Florida.

Based on a previous market analysis, the following can guide the master plan for a mix of desirable uses in Phase 1 of the urban revitalization program:
* Office/ Flex space 750,000 sq. ft.
* Retail 165,000 sq. ft.
* Residential 1,500 units
* Hotel/ Hospitality up to 420 rooms (multiple buildings)
* New City Hall/ Government Offices P3 opportunity
* Restaurant 35,000 sq. ft.
* Education (open opportunities)

About The Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent 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 Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach 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 http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra.

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Pompano Beach CRA Offers New Opportunity for Brokers to Find Master Developer

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach and Pompano Beach CRA have opened a new opportunity for all real estate brokers in the municipality's pursuit of a master developer for the City's Downtown and Innovation District. A 2% commission is in play for the transformative project, one of the last of its kind in the South Florida market. Currently, a Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) for a Master Developer has been issued, with a deadline of July 10, 2019.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for any broker who is well-connected with the nation's top developers," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "We are seeking developers who understand our goals for the area, offer experience in prior projects of this scope and have the financial capability to undertake this project. By reaching out to the national real estate broker community, we hope to expand our list of potential applicants."

Over the past 20 years, the Northwest CRA has assembled over 30 acres of land within the almost 70-acre Innovation District. Most developable parcels are generally located along the busy I-95 corridor and Atlantic Boulevard, making this one of the last prime development opportunities of its kind in South Florida.

Based on a previous market analysis, the following can guide the master plan for a mix of desirable uses:
* Office/ Flex space 750,000 sq. ft.
* Retail 165,000 sq. ft.
* Residential 1,500 units
* Hotel/ Hospitality up to 420 rooms (multiple building)
* New City Hall/ Government Offices P3 opportunity
* Restaurant 35,000 sq. ft.
* Education open opportunities

In addition, as part of the marketing and branding strategy for downtown, the CRA envisions a creative and unique drainage system, possibly using linear waterway systems that create a visible and desirable asset for development parcels, much like the waterways in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and San Antonio, Texas (from a visual perspective). A stormwater conceptual master license has already received county approval and a drainage district will need to be formed. Design and construction of a creative and aesthetically pleasing drainage option can occur simultaneously with the vertical development.

The City has also invested heavily in cultural assets in the downtown area. The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts and Historic Ali Cultural Arts are spread out over three distinct geographic areas in the Downtown providing opportunities for pedestrian movement between them. Highlighting these facilities and using them as anchors in the master plan will provide a ready-made set of assets to build upon for future redevelopment.

Brokers can direct developers to the City's eBid system to view the complete solicitation document, which can be downloaded for free as a PDF at: https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net/CurrentSourcingEvents.aspx.

Developers will verify in their response that they are represented by a licensed brokerage firm. The Letters of Interest must be submitted electronically through the City's eBid System on or before July 10, 2019. Developers must be registered on the City's eBid System in order to view the solicitation documents and respond to this solicitation.

About The Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent 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 Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach 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.

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Pompano Beach Seeks Master Developer for Downtown and Innovation District

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach and Pompano Beach CRA have issued a Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) for a Master Developer for the City's Downtown and Innovation District. The South Florida municipality has undergone a tremendous transformation during the past few years, and the creation of a dense urban downtown is the next redevelopment goal.

The purpose of the RLI is to identify qualified master real estate developers to acquire and develop real property assets owned by the City and the CRA in Downtown Pompano Beach. Those selected to proceed to a proposal stage, will provide their best and final proposal for the master development of the Parcels in Downtown Pompano Beach.

"We are seeking developers who understand our goals for the area, offer experience in prior projects of this scope and have the financial capability to undertake this project," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "Over the past 20 years, the Northwest CRA has assembled over 30 acres of land within the almost 70-acre Innovation District. Most developable parcels are generally located along the busy I-95 corridor and Atlantic Boulevard, making this one of the last prime development opportunities of its kind in South Florida."

Based on a previous market analysis, the following can guide the master plan for a mix of desirable uses:
* Office/ Flex space 750,000 sq. ft.
* Retail 165,000 sq. ft.
* Residential 1,500 units
* Hotel/ Hospitality up to 420 rooms (multiple building)
* New City Hall/ Government Offices P3 opportunity
* Restaurant 35,000 sq. ft.
* Education open opportunities.

In addition, as part of the marketing and branding strategy for downtown, the CRA envisions a creative and unique drainage system, possibly using linear waterway systems that create a visible and desirable asset for development parcels, much like the waterways in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and San Antonio, Texas (from a visual perspective). A stormwater conceptual master license has already received county approval and a drainage district will need to be formed. Design and construction of a creative and aesthetically pleasing drainage option can occur simultaneously with the vertical development.

The City has also invested heavily in cultural assets in the downtown area. The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts and Historic Ali Cultural Arts are spread out over three distinct geographic areas in the Downtown providing opportunities for pedestrian movement between them. Highlighting these facilities and using them as anchors in the master plan will provide a ready-made set of assets to build upon for future redevelopment.

Letters of Interest must be submitted electronically through the City's eBid System on or before July 10, 2019. Developers must be registered on the City's eBid System in order to view the solicitation documents and respond to this solicitation.

The complete solicitation document can be downloaded for free from the eBid System as a PDF at: https://pompanobeachfl.ionwave.net/CurrentSourcingEvents.aspx.

About The Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent 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 Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach 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. Learn more: http://pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

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RMA Proposed Innovation District Wins Major Award for Pompano Beach CRA

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- RMA (www.rma.us.com) is proud to announce that their proposed plan for the Pompano Beach Downtown Innovation District won the 2018 Promotion Award at the annual Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards. RMA managed the city's redevelopment agency for almost a decade and authored this award-winning plan for the creation of the city's downtown. The plan will transform undeveloped land into a vibrant urban area (downtown), becoming a revitalization role model for cities nationwide.

"We are tremendously proud of the work RMA team members did on behalf of this project for the Pompano Beach CRA," said Chris Brown, RMA Co-Founder. "The CRA benefitted from the talents of the entire RMA team for the creation of this ambitious program. We are especially grateful to Keila Rodriguez and Jessica Mulder who transformed this concept into a stunning presentation that has ignited tremendous interest in the Innovation District. Pompano Beach epitomizes the forward-thinking concept of building for 'how we will live in the future,' and this plan exemplifies that."

The Pompano Beach CRA knew it needed to devise an engaging and impactful way to communicate the great opportunities in the Innovation District. RMA's Rodriguez and Mulder created a comprehensive booklet and dynamic video to promote the Innovation District and tell the story of the steps the City and CRA have taken to bring prosperity to the community.

These marketing tools are now being used by the City, CRA, and by the Chamber of Commerce to attract new commercial businesses and developers, retain the existing industrial base, and continue to improve the neighborhood and quality of life of the residents, making the City, and in particular the Downtown, a more attractive place to live, work, invest and visit.

Future development in the Innovation District could include 750,000 square feet of office space, 166,000 square feet of retail space, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, 1,500 residential units and two hotels. Job creation and other benefits will spill into the surrounding neighborhood and throughout the city.

Central to the success of the Innovation District is its unique approach to a new system of self-contained, linear waterways, which will create a scenic setting for outdoor restaurants, offices, shops and mixed-use buildings. Inspired by the waterway systems in Amsterdam, Netherlands and San Antonio, Texas, these waterways eliminate the need for dry retention ponds, allowing developers to maximize buildout across the parcels while creating an inviting and activated urban area that benefits the entire city.

About FRA:

FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of "transforming spaces, revitalizing places," FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of redevelopment experts passionate about building better communities. RMA is the most experienced full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, headquartered in the state of Florida, 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 at: http://www.rma.us.com/.

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Pompano Beach CRA Announces ‘Groundbreaking’ of Atlantic Boulevard Bridge

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA (www.pompanobeachcra.com) is proud to announce the "groundbreaking" ceremony for the new Atlantic Boulevard Bridge. The marine-themed event will eschew the typical shovel in the ground for something "reel" fun. The new look for the bridge has been designed by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects and will be built by Burkhardt Construction. The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will feature speeches by company officials and local dignitaries.

The festivities begin at 10:30 am on Monday, December 11, 2017 at The Foundry restaurant.

"This new bridge will become a tremendous asset to the City," said Horacio Danovich, City of Pompano Beach CIP Manager. "In addition to the practical function, this bridge is a symbolic 'welcome' to all who visit our beachfront. In the past couple of years, the beachfront has undergone a magnificent transformation. From a once blighted area, it is now emerging as a popular site attracting restaurants, businesses and a hotel."

Currie Sowards Aguila Architects (www.csa-architects.com), who designed the instantly iconic Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage, has been tapped to design the new bridge. The Atlantic Boulevard Bridge will display a playful design concept which incorporates sail-like components and a marine-themed mural at the bridge tender house base.

"When people see the bridge, they will probably assume we were influenced by the sail-like components and art work of our garage design, however, we actually designed the bridge first," explained architect Jess Sowards. "We knew these two structures needed to have a cohesive style, but we created each with its own personality. This area will truly be a gateway to the city, and we are thrilled that our designs will be welcoming residents and visitors alike for decades to come."

About the Pompano Beach Redevelopment Agency (CRA):

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent district 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 governed by State Statutes, Chapter 163, Part III. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency 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.

Learn more: http://pompanobeachfl.gov/index.php/pages/cra/cra

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