Downtown Pompano Improvements
The Streetscape and Parking Improvements in Old Town were part of a larger endeavor to improve existing pedestrian connectivity to MLK Boulevard and the new Cultural Center near City Hall. The focal point was the construction of a European-style plaza which established a City Center within the Downtown. The Downtown plaza features a water fountain and a new concept known as “fire water,” where a flame travels up a water column creating a dramatic effect. At the time of this writing, it is the only working fire feature of its kind in the United States. This “Fire Fountain” Plaza also features seating areas overlapping a proposed restaurant to the east and parking facilities to the south. The CRA recognized that the reconfiguration of the on-street parking as part of the streetscape project in Old Town was necessary to create a pedestrian friendly environment and to attract retailers.
City / CRA Investment
- $7.7 million
- A completely new brand and image for the area often referred to as Old Pompano
- Beautiful public spaces for gathering and encouraging pedestrian activity
- Realigned right of way for improved traffic configuration
- Upgraded public realm that is attracting restaurants and retailers
- Establishment of an entertainment district
How it Happened
- In 2010, the CRA drafted a finance plan that included revenues for Old Town street improvements.
- The CRA and design consultant EDSA, held multiple community forums to gather input regarding the street design and guide improvement plans.
- The central plaza, with a statement focal point which EDSA later designed as the fire fountain, was approved.
- An RFP was issued and Burkhardt Construction, Inc. began construction in January of 2014 and completed it in December of 2016.