Pompano Beach Fishing Village Update: More Progress; New Pictures
By Marie Puleo, Pompano Beach News Reporter
The beachside development project known as the Pompano Beach Fishing Village continues to make progress, and Tim Hernandez of Pompano Pier Associates, the developer of the project, has provided an update on what is coming next. While several of the projects within the Village are behind schedule, overall progress continues, even if it is at a slower pace than anticipated.
The first component to be completed on the Fishing Village site, which is next to the Pompano Beach Pier, was the Pier Parking Garage in 2016, followed by the Pompano Beach House restaurant, which opened last year.
According to Hernandez, the latest targeted opening date for Oceanic restaurant, currently under construction, is July 29, which would probably be a soft opening.
Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill recently got a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which was required because the project entails expanding the existing deck area on the beach and the deck area is east of the Coastal Construction Control Line. The owners of Lucky Fish are still awaiting building permits from the City, and are trying to get the project completed by the time the grand opening of the pier takes place, which is scheduled for October. They will be turning the pier’s old concession stand into a kitchen and will then build a circular pavilion-style bar.
Construction of Alvin’s Island, a beach goods store, is expected to be completed by the end of September, and should be open for business shortly thereafter.
A lease for an event venue is getting closer to being signed, and Hernandez said he hopes it will happen “very shortly.” The event venue is expected to be 15,000 to 18,000 square feet over two floors, with a rooftop deck that will have “amazing views over the ocean.” From the time the lease is signed, it would take about two years for the building to be completed, including the approval process.
The dual-branded Hilton hotel that will be part of the Fishing Village had its groundbreaking ceremony on May 1. The five-story hotel is being built on what is currently a city-owned parking lot, just west of the pier and south of the parking garage. The current targeted opening date of the hotel is December 2020.
Hernandez said that the leasing of 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level of the Pier Parking Garage will be timed with the opening of the hotel. There has been a lot of interest for various uses, but as the retail space is directly across from the hotel construction site, the space is not being leased just yet. The retail space can accommodate one to six separate uses.
“We’re building all one-of-a-kind buildings,” said Hernandez of the project. “That makes it more complicated, but we want the Pompano Beach Fishing Village to not be like anyplace else, so sometimes quality requires a little more time.”
PHOTO GALLERY BELOW: Alvin’s (2), Hotel (3), The Pier (1), Lucky Fish (1), Oceanic (2)
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