By Marie Puleo
After years of delays, the Charlotte J. Burrie Civic Center is about to be built on the vacant parcel located at 2669 N. Federal Highway in Pompano’s Cresthaven neighborhood.
Burrie, who serves as City Commissioner of District 2, has been pushing for a civic center for the residents in that neighborhood since she was elected in 2007, and it was the residents who wanted to name the center after her. Even before Burrie came into office, the city had plans to build a civic center, but it never materialized. After considering several sites, the city purchased the 1-acre lot on Federal Highway for $1,150,000 in 2013.
Last month, the City Commission voted to award the project to Shiff Construction & Development, a Pompano Beach contractor, at a cost of $4,498,475.76. Construction is expected to start in about four months, and should be completed in about a year.
The civic center will include two activity rooms, a conference room, a warming kitchen and a large assembly space with a fixed platform stage and dressing rooms. The assembly space can hold 250 people theater-style or 120 people banquet-style. The building will have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
In 2015, Burrie was selected by the City Commission to serve as Vice Mayor of Pompano Beach. She has been a lawyer in private practice for almost thirty years, and held the position of Pompano Beach City Clerk for eleven years.
“My constituents and the residents deserve this, finally, after all these years,” Burrie said, before the Commission voted to approve the contractor’s bid.
Several commissioners agreed that the project was long overdue for the residents in the northern section of the city.
“This is an exciting moment for our city to be able to finally move this forward,” said Mayor Lamar Fisher.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]