Downtown Fort Lauderdale

For many people Fort Lauderdale evokes images of “Where the Boys Are,” Yankees spring training, Swimming Hall of Fame, and certainly “Venice of America.” But, in recent years, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a vibrant metropolitan center. It has experienced a rise in business interest in the city center, with many office buildings under construction or approved for development.
1st Avenue Residences at Riverwalk, a mixed-use high-rise with 380 residences, is located in the desirable Riverwalk section of downtown. The property is steps from 6.8 million square feet of downtown office space and 1 million square feet of retail.  Many people live and work in the city center.  They walk, ride a scooter or bike to work, or take the Sun Trolley, Water Trolley or Water Taxi.
With a population of 2 million, Broward is the state’s second most populous county after Miami-Dade, and 18th in the nation.  The county seat is Fort Lauderdale.  The impressive cluster of mid and high-rise residential and commercial buildings downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to hundreds of diverse companies including insurance, law, finance, real estate, construction, medical and many others.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale 1st Avenue Residences Location Map

Overview of Recent City of Fort Lauderdale Accomplishments

Fort Lauderdale continues to receive notable accolades and acknowledgement as a world-class destination.

  • $300 million in bonds approved in 2019 for park improvements and a new police headquarters
  • $200 million in bonds approved in 2018 to fund priority water and sewer infrastructure improvements
  • $190 million allocated by Congress for a new Federal courthouse
  • A record 13 million visitors welcomed in the last year who spent $11 billion
  • Unemployment rate to 3.1% (2019)
  • Low crime rate in clean and graffiti-free public spaces
  • Major initiatives addressing the root causes of homelessness, following the housing-first approach
  • Lockhart Stadium site rebuilt by a group headed by David Beckham to accommodate professional and community soccer
  • War Memorial Auditorium site to be renovated by Florida Panthers hockey team to include indoor soccer and lacrosse fields and adjacent ice rinks
  • Brightline/All Aboard Florida Railway Station provides service between Miami and West Palm Beach, and soon to Orlando
  • Home of most recognized Boat Show in the world, with a $1.3 billion economic impact

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Brightline provides express service between Miami and West Palm Beach, and planned future service to Orlando. The Brightline stations are centrally located downtown.  With the Brightline train, commuters can travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami or West Palm Beach in just 30 minutes.  Brightline offers free WiFi, large windows and food and beverage options.