Pompano Beach’s rich cultural heritage dates back to 1908, and is the second oldest city in Broward County. Over the decades, there have been countless historic buildings demolished and replaced with new construction. While new development is essential for a community’s success, the history of a community contributes greatly to its personality. Historic preservation provides a link to the roots of the community and its people. Overall, historic preservation adds to the quality of life, making for a more livable community. The McNab House and garage preservation initiative is an important part of saving Pompano Beach’s history. The effort to save the McNab House and garage from demolition was driven by the Pompano Beach Historical Society with strong support from the McNab Family and numerous stakeholders in Pompano Beach.
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Purpose and Intent of McNab House & Botanical Garden Project
|Preserve||The 1926 McNab House from demolition.|
|Activate||McNab Park with a restaurant and garden component.|
|Create||A unique, one-of-a-kind destination that enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors alike in Pompano Beach.|
|Continue||Economic development along the Atlantic Blvd. Corridor to increase job opportunities and fortify the fiscal health of the city.|
• April 16th 2019 the CRA Board voted to preserve the existing McNab House built in 1926 and gave staff direction to relocate the house to McNab Park (2250 E. Atlantic Blvd) within the East CRA boundary.
• The McNab House will be refurbished to provide for restaurant space. The remainder of McNab Park is intended to be transformed into public open space, including a botanical garden.
• The McNab House and Botanical Gardens project is a CRA project that will take place over 2-3 years. There is $2.7 million budgeted that can go towards the project.
• There are no conceptual design plans as we go into the design process of this project. Internationally recognized South Florida-based architecture firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners, LLC (B&A) will begin to engage in a public design concept process in November of 2020.
• The Chamber of Commerce offices will be relocated and the building will be demolished to add additional park space.
• East Transit Oriented Corridor (ETOC) zoning allows for restaurants.
• The CRA has purchased property on nearby parcels to accommodate parking. A complete parking analysis will be conducted during the design process.
• The area that is anticipated to be designated for parking will become the site of townhouses in the future.
Follow our progress on our website for up-to-date information.
THROUGHOUT THIS PROJECT, THE CRA HAS GIVEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE UPDATES TO THE COMMUNITY
AS THE PROJECT MOVES FORWARD, THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE PUBLIC INPUT ON THE PARK’S OVERALL MASTER PLAN DESIGN.
FOR QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE POMPANO BEACH CRA: 954-786-7823 • CRA@copbfl.com
Strong Community Support
From its inception, the McNab House and garden preservation initiative has had strong community support. Initially, the Pompano Beach Historical Society along with the McNab Family thought it important to preserve the historic structure and make good use of it for the community. Most recently, community members have expressed support for the revitalization of McNab Park and the economic stimulation the restaurant and botanical garden will bring for both residents and visitors.