Pompano Beach Highlands Park Poised for Redevelopment
The Pompano Beach Highlands Park community center is moving closer to becoming a reality.
On April 16, less than a week after Deerfield Beach commissioners approved an agreement with Bermello, Ajamil & Partners to “provide professional services,” a surveying crew in orange vests appeared on 44th Street and began laying down marks.
“We’re doing the survey and civil work on that,” explained James Messick, senior project engineer with Keith & Associates the engineering firm in Pompano Beach, …
Now, the 1.6 acres of grass sports a picnic shelter and colorful play equipment. It sits surrounded by a chain link fence and is seldom used. In two years, however, when the project is finished the parcel also will sport a 2,400-square-foot community center “and a few extras,” according to Deerfield Beach’s Superintendent of Maintenance, Bob Harbin, who announced the plans in February.
That was when, Kara Petty, Deerfield Beach’s assistant director of parks and recreation, accepted a check for $1 million in county funding. The check, from Kristin Jacobs, Broward County’s mayor, would make possible a project that has been in the planning stages for years, Harbin said at the time.
On May 2, the planning and zoning board will be asked to rezone the 1.6-acre parcel “formerly known as the West Pompano Beach Highlands Park” from Broward County Conservation 2 (C-2) to Deerfield Beach Open Space. Bermello, Ajamil & Partners has a $97,550 contract for professional services