Pompano Beach to Add Temporary Beach Area Parking Lot to Meet Increased Parking Needs
BY MARIE PULEO, POMPANO BEACH REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORTER
POMPANO BEACH PARKING: The City’s plan to build a 750-space public parking garage on the site of the Oceanside parking lot (109 N. Ocean Boulevard), next to the A1A fire station, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. In the meantime, the City intends to lease a vacant, grassy lot at 3300 SE 1st Street and use it as a paid public parking area with 110 to 120 spaces.
The vacant lot lies just south of Atlantic Boulevard, between A1A and Hibiscus Avenue, west of the Bank of America building, and south of Walgreens. According to city officials, it will be used to meet the need for additional parking created by all the new development on the barrier island, and to accommodate cars that will be displaced from the Oceanside parking lot while the new parking garage is being built.
The lot is owned by Pure Residence Resort, which has an active site plan development order to construct a 21-story extended stay hotel project, consisting of 240 condo-hotel units and ground floor retail. The site plan was approved by the Planning and Zoning Board earlier this year.
Pure Residence Resort has not yet submitted an application for a building permit, and has agreed to lease the 1.01-acre lot to the City for one year.
On Dec. 19, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved a temporary use permit for the lot to be used for parking. The one-year lease between the City and Pure Residence Resort is scheduled to go to the City Commission on Jan. 14.
If the lease is approved, the parking lot could open as early as the beginning of March.
The City currently has a similar arrangement in place for the parking lot at 9 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, just north of Atlantic Boulevard (the site of the old Howard Johnson’s). The City leases the property from JJ Land Realty.
Jeff Lantz, the city’s parking operation manager, told the Zoning Board of Appeals the intended use of the new lot is for “overflow parking” from the Pompano Beach Fishing Village, which is currently being developed just west of the pier.
The Fishing Village already includes two restaurants – the Pompano Beach House and Oceanic – and has additional eateries, retail and a dual-branded Hilton hotel currently under construction. A special events venue with catering services has also been proposed.
The 663-space Pier Parking Garage opened in 2016, but the City expects parking demands to surge with the development of all the remaining Fishing Village parcels by the end of 2021.
In addition, at the southeast corner of the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge, a private developer is constructing a dining and retail complex.
Lantz said the temporary parking lot will provide additional parking for beachgoers and workers in the area as those new components open.
He noted the parking lot of the Bank of America building, which has approximately 40 parking spaces, is currently being used on the weekends when the bank is closed. Vehicles also circulate throughout the neighborhood looking for parking along SE 1st and SE 2nd Streets, and Hibiscus Avenue.
“Hopefully, this lot could pull some of that traffic out of the area and into the lot,” said Lantz.
Users of the parking lot will be able to pay via the cashless Passport Parking mobile app that is used by the City of Pompano Beach. Current rates are $1.50 per hour in season (Nov.15 to April 15), and $1.25 per hour during the off-season (April 16 to Nov. 14). Users will also be able to purchase 15-minute intervals. The Passport Parking app alerts users when their parking time is about to run out, so they can add time using their phone from wherever they are.
Monthly permits, currently priced at $50 per month, will also be offered, as the parking lot is anticipated to be used primarily by employees.
The City’s future plans include a free park-and-ride service, operated by a third party, that would transport users of the parking lot to destinations on the barrier island within a reasonable proximity.
The City’s management of the lot will provide supervised and monitored parking operations with regular patrol of the lot, said Lantz.
The lot will be maintained by the city’s Public Works Department, and parking curb stops will be installed to mark individual spaces. Prior to the expiration of the temporary lease, the City will be required to replace the entire site with drought-resistant sod.
On Jan. 14, the City Commission is also scheduled to consider on first reading the renewal of the City’s lease for the parking lot at 9 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard for another five years. The original lease for the property was for five years, and was extended for two years.
The City is in the process of selecting a master developer for the Oceanside parking lot site, which is a City-owned property just southwest of the Pompano Beach Fishing Village, east of the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina, and next to the A1A fire station. In addition to the public parking garage, a 300-room hotel and a beach grocery store are planned for the site.
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