Downtown Fort Lauderdale, long overlooked, is experiencing a startling resurgence as new high-rise residential projects spring up. A construction crane marks the spot where the 100 Las Olas hotel and condo tower, which will be Broward County’s tallest building, is under construction.
For many years, as once-dismal downtowns in Miami and West Palm Beach were transformed by sweeping redevelopment and an influx of fresh-faced residents hungry for some urban sizzle, Fort Lauderdale’s city center remained, by comparison, an overlooked patch of the sleepy streetscape.
How swiftly things change in South Florida.
Fort Lauderdale’s compact, riverside downtown has suddenly become the region’s latest boomtown, bristling with construction cranes and a jostling urban energy that looks to claim its star in the constellation of South Florida’s urban renaissance.
▪ 100 Las Olas, which recently started construction, will be Broward’s tallest tower at nearly 500 feet, a smidge higher than Icon. The high-rise, by developer Kolter Group, includes 120 condos, 228 hotel rooms and ground-floor restaurant space. Units at the tower, the only new condo project with active sales listings downtown, start at $800,000 and top out at $2.27 million, with an average list price of just over $1.37 million.