A Tri-Rail commuter train station could be part of a proposed redevelopment of the 223-acre Isle Casino property in west Pompano Beach.
Cordish Cos. and Eldorado Resorts Inc. plan to redevelop the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and build a mixed-use development around the pari-mutuel property, located west of Interstate 95 near the intersection of Powerline Road and Atlantic Avenue.
Point Publishing recently reported that Cordish and Eldorado filed an application for rezoning in connection with their Pompano Beach project, which the city’s Planning and Zoning Board may consider at its meeting on Aug. 28.
The proposed mix of uses would include almost 1.3 million square feet of office space, 4,100 residential units, 950 hotel rooms and a movie-theater complex with 18 screens. The project also would encompass a 140,000-square-foot expansion of the casino building and a new jai alai fronton with seating for 300.
The proposed project would unfold in phases over 10 years, according to a letter from Cordish to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail.
The board of the transportation authority has granted conceptual approval to opening a Tri-Rail station on the Isle Casino property.
But the board specified in a resolution that, if federal funding for the station were unavailable, the developers would be “100 percent financially responsible for the design, construction and operation of the station” if they still wanted Tri-Rail service on their property.
Tri-Rail already has a Pompano Beach station north of the Isle Casino property and, about 1.5 miles to the south, a station in Fort Lauderdale’s Cypress Creek Road corridor.
Cordish and Eldorado Resorts plan to market their entire Pompano Beach development, including Isle Casino, as Live! Resorts Pompano. [Sun-Sentinel] – Mike Seemuth