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POMPANO BEACH: Plans for Isle Casino Project Change Again

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by Marie Puleo, Pompano Beach Real Estate and Development Reporter

ISLE CASINO PROJECT: New details about the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park redevelopment plans were shared at the Sept. 10 Pompano Beach City Commission meeting, during discussion of a rezoning request submitted by the developer.

The goal is to create Live! Resorts Pompano, an “urban village” with a live, work, play environment – including entertainment, hotels, restaurants, retail, residential and office space.

Debbie Orshefsky, the attorney representing the developer, The Cordish Companies, said the first of the 4,100 multi-family residential units to be built will likely be rentals, “given the market reaction we’ve had thus far.”

Fifteen percent of residential units will be required to be workforce housing, affordably priced for tenants with an income ranging from 80 to 120 percent of the area median (currently $68,000 in Broward County), she said. Many of the residential buildings will end up being mixed income.

The City Commission unanimously gave preliminary approval for the rezoning application, which will come back for a second approval.

Orshefsky explained modifications to the rezoning request had been made since the Planning and Zoning Board approved it on Aug. 28. There have been several modifications to the plans since they were introduced earlier this year and the size of the project has grown significantly.

>>>THE ISLE CASINO REDEVELOPMENT WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN POMPANO BEACH HISTORY.  TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT, READ THIS STORY FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH, AND TO SEE ARTIST RENDERINGS OF WHAT THE ISLE CASINO PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO LOOK LIKE, CLICK HERE.

The latest revisions call for more taller buildings.

Only a small parcel at the southwest corner of the site now has a 100-foot maximum height restriction, and the rest of the buildings, besides six proposed 400-foot-tall buildings, can be up to 200 feet.

The developer also loosened requirements for building step-backs along Powerline Road and Racetrack Road. They now apply only to 200-foot-high buildings. Previously, 100-foot-high buildings would have also required step-backs.

Commissioner Andrea McGee expressed concern, saying: “I can see where you want to go with this. It’s just, we definitely want to make sure that it’s not monolithic, that it’s not too much, too close and too tall.”

Mayor Rex Hardin wanted confirmation that the 400-foot-tall buildings won’t loom over the residential community of Cypress Bend to the south of the Isle Casino project site.

Additional information was provided on possible road and traffic pattern changes.

A flyover at the Atlantic Boulevard and Powerline Road intersection could potentially be built with funding from the county or state.

A condition was added relating to traffic improvements to be carried out by the developer.

If the flyover proposal is planned and funded by the state or county at the time the developer is required to add a third northbound left-turn lane at the Atlantic Boulevard and Powerline Road intersection, the developer will instead contribute $300,000 for enhanced landscaping of the intersection.

Vice Mayor Barry Moss, who represents District 5, where the Isle Casino project is being built, said: “My constituents are so happy about what’s happening, it’s almost been a lovefest.”

>>>THE ISLE CASINO REDEVELOPMENT WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN POMPANO BEACH HISTORY.  TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT, READ THIS STORY FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH, AND TO SEE ARTIST RENDERINGS OF WHAT THE ISLE CASINO PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO LOOK LIKE, CLICK HERE.

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