By Marie Puleo, Pompano Beach News Reporter
The beachside development project known as the Pompano Beach Fishing Village continues to make progress, and the City Commission, at its meeting on July 23, gave its preliminary approval for an amended development timeline.
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 Tim Hernandez of Pompano Pier Associates, the developer of the project, the targeted opening date for Oceanic restaurant is now mid- to late August. The restaurant is for the most part done, and only the high-end details need to be finished.
Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill has started construction, but due to additional permitting requirements, the expected completion date has been pushed back to February 2020. They will be turning the pier’s old concession stand into a kitchen and will then build a circular pavilion-style bar.
A lease for an event venue was signed earlier this month with New York-based Apogee Events, a high-end event space operator. The event venue is expected to be 15,000 to 18,000 square feet over two floors, with a rooftop deck that will have views over the ocean. Construction is currently expected to start in November 2020, with completion in December 2021.
Construction of Alvin’s Island, a beach goods store, is expected to be completed by the end of November 2019, and should be open for business shortly thereafter.
The dual-branded Hilton hotel that will be part of the Fishing Village had its groundbreaking ceremony in May. The five-story hotel is being built on what is formerly a city-owned parking lot, just west of the pier and south of the parking garage. The targeted opening date of the hotel is December 2020. Many local residents have commented on how fast the hotel seems to be going up. Much of the structural work for the first level has been completed as the construction crew has been working long hours and often six days a week.
The 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level of the Pier Parking Garage is not being leased just yet, as it is directly across from the hotel construction site. The retail space can accommodate one to six separate uses, and is expected to be completed in December 2020.
City Manager Greg Harrison said the new development timeline for the Pompano Beach Fishing Village will not affect the grand opening of the reconstructed pier, which is slated for October.
The updated timeline, which is an amendment to the development agreement between the City and Pompano Pier Associates, will go before the City Commission for a second and final vote after the Commission’s August hiatus.
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