IN THIS ISSUE
❏ ‘Progress Report’ Offered
❏ Fireworks fund opens City of
❏ Maps added to web site Melbourne
May 2001 ● Issue No. 3-01
Babcock Street rebirth includes new retail stores and high-tech businesses
Revitalization efforts along Babcock Percepta and Cost
Street have been remarkably successful Less, both located
according to the results from a recent at the Florida Mar-
ket Place, are
survey of commercial vacancy rates along among new em-
Babcock Street from U.S. 192 northward ployers recently
to a point near U.S. 1. locating along
City Manager Henry Hill said that com- Babcock Street as
part of a revitaliza-
mercial projects since 1997 have resulted tion of the area.
in an 82% reduction in the vacancy rate. Vacant space has
Now just 4.3% of the 2.3-million com- dropped dramati-
mercial/industrial square footage along cally since 1997.
Babcock Street is vacant. The Babcock In the last four years about $14 mil- improvements, construction of a SunTrust
Street Redevelopment District was estab- lion has been invested in Babcock Street Drive-Thru at the shopping center, the
lished in 1997 by the Melbourne City commercial renovations and in several opening of the Sharing Center at the Hi-
Council and Brevard County. small new developments. That contrasts biscus Professional Center, the relocation
“This is a tremendous result. Almost with the five-year period prior to the cre- and expansion of Keiser College, the Sub-
470,000 square feet of previously vacant ation of the district, when property val- urban Lodge construction, and the Apollo
and deteriorating space is now being put ues declined by 34%. Pre-School project.
to productive use,” Hill noted. Projects in the area have included the Projects underway include the devel-
“Moreover, the area has been trans- location of companies including Submit opment of a Sonic restaurant at the former
formed to a solid, high-tech, new economy Order.Com, DRS Optronics, and e-Cir- Captain D’s site, the Browning’s Phar-
employment center,” Hill noted. Commer- cuit into previous retail space. macy expansion, and renovation of the
cial ventures are bringing more than 1,500 Renovations at the Florida Marketplace Design Center at Neiman Avenue.
jobs to the area. Underlying the success are being completed to provide office “The City Council recently took a ma-
is the cooperative relationship that the City space to be used by Tantivy Communica- jor step by purchasing the long-vacant
has with Brevard County, the Economic tions Inc. and Percepta. These projects Palms 8 Theater property on the north end
Development Commission of Florida’s benefited from the Brevard County ad of Babcock Street,” said Hill.
Space Coast, and the Melbourne-Palm Bay valorem tax abatement program. The site includes almost 14 acres and
Area Chamber of Commerce in pursuing Other projects in the area have in- will allow for the straightening of the right-
such developments, Hill noted. cluded the Melbourne Shopping Center (Continued on Next Page)
IN THE AFTERMATH of a major hurricane impact or similar emergency,
damage could be so widespread that rescue workers will be delayed in their
responses to the community. Neighborhoods would benefit greatly from teams of
citizens trained to immediately begin medical assistance.
That’s the idea behind the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
training program that is being offered by the Melbourne Fire Department.
The training is free and takes place in three-hour sessions over a seven-week
period, explains instructor Steve Hansen. “CERT is designed to give people the
knowledge and skills to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the
event of a disaster in the community,” Hansen explained.
Topics of the classes range from medical assessment and treatment to fire
suppression, search and rescue, and team organization. Participants also join a
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Hansen talks with Willow Brook mock disaster drill. The training program is being supported by a $5,000 federal
Village residents, from left, Tom Bergin, Don Ballue, and grant. Information on classes is available from the Fire Department at 255-4600 or
Melody Zambara just before the start of a CERT session. via e-mail to email@example.com.
Summer camps are planned ‘Progress Report’ notes economic successes
A variety of summer camp opportunities are The location of several ‘high-technol- New commercial construction contin-
being offered by Melbourne’s Leisure Services ogy’ businesses in Melbourne highlighted ued strong during 2000 with $40.4 mil-
Department, including “Summer Express” day
a year of economic successes, accord- lion in value, compared to $50.2 million
camps for younger students and “Teen Ex-
ing to the “2001 City of Melbourne in 1999. Some $15 million in miscella-
treme” for the adventuresome.
Progress Report,” issued by City Man- neous construction values were also re-
Additional information about summer activi-
ties and hours is available from recreation staff ager Henry Hill. corded during the year, as compared to
members at the Eau Gallie Civic Center (255- The full report is available on request $14 million in 1999.
4608) and at recreation centers where pro- to the Public Information Office by tele- Major construction projects that were
grams are planned. phone at 953-6282 or by way of e-mail completed included the GE Harris Harmon
Birth certificates are required at the time of to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Railway Technologies building and the
camp registration. A 20% discount is available report is also available at the City’s first phase of the JDS Uniphase facility.
for each additional child in a family. website (www.melbourneflorida.org). Plans were approved for the GE Harris
Among the summer offerings are: “Combined with business expansions Energy Building, BJ’s Wholesale Club,
❏Day Camp on weekdays at Grant Street and redevelopment activities, the new in- and the 200-unit Princeton Apartments.
Community Center and at Lipscomb Park Com- vestments provided a positive
munity Center for ages 6-12 and at Carver impact that will help shape the
Community Center for ages 6-11, with lunch future of the community,” Hill
writes in the report.
Eight weeks of camp sessions are planned. In addition, the report
The cost is $30 per week for City residents and
notes that a dramatic increase
$36 per week for non-residents at Grant Street
and Carver centers, and $45 per week for in residential construction has
residents and $54 for non-residents at the continued for the third year
Lipscomb center. Each camp also requires a running. The 748 new resi-
one-time shirt fee of $5 and field trip costs. dential units added during
2000 exceeded the construction rate of A “Progress Report” issued by City Manager
❏Crane Summer Express Day Camp, a Henry Hill points to successes in a redevel-
10-week program for ages 6-11. The cost is any other municipality in our area. opment effort along Babcock Street, includ-
$75 per week for residents and $90 a week for “While the dramatic upswing in eco- ing the addition of several new employers.
non-residents, plus a shirt fee and a field trip nomic expansion is welcome, it brings The report notes that while efforts started
fee. Lunch is provided. more than a decade ago have revived the
challenges. Melbourne must be prepared Historic Downtown Melbourne area, revital-
❏Teen Extreme for ages 12-15 at the Eau to serve as the hub city for an expanding ization is now getting underway in the Eau
Gallie Civic Center, with daily activities over an urban area of more than 300,000 people,” Gallie area of the City.
8-week period. Activities include skating, bowl- Hill notes.
ing, beach days, and weekly field trips. The Annexations into the City continued
“In Melbourne alone, the population along the south, west, and north borders.
cost is $75 per week for residents and $90 for
non-residents. Lunch is not provided. is over 71,000 and growing by more than Also discussed in the four-page report
1,000 each year. Obviously, Melbourne is the redevelopment program for the Eau
is directly impacted by continuing popu- Gallie area of Melbourne, approved by the
Babcock St. rebirth underway lation growth in all surrounding commu- City Council in 2000.
Continued from Front Page nities.” The report also provides information
angle turns a motorist on Babcock Street The report notes that in the Year 2000 about the programs of the Housing and
must negotiate to reach U.S. 1. The prop- a high level of activity in development of
erty will also provide for a landscaped north- Community Development Department,
new residential units continued, with the which utilizes state and federal funds to
ern entrance to Babcock Street and con-
value for that activity at $70 million. When improve neighborhoods.
struction of a storm water retention pond.
additions and alterations are added in, the The report also discusses public safety
“We believe the project will fix a long-
2000 residential construction value shows programs including the Fire Department’s
standing transportation problem and comple-
an increase to $70.3 million as compared extension of advanced life support re-
ment the efforts southward along the street.”
The bulk of the property, about 11 acres, to $63.5 million in 1999. sponses citywide. Also outlined are Po-
could be resold for commercial develop- lice Department programs to assist the
ment. A SUMMER LUNCH program is returning community in curbing crime, an effort
to Melbourne’s Carver, Crane, Grant Street, aided by several generous donations.
Other City investments include the and Lipscomb community centers on May 29.
opening of a Police Investigation and Com- Other topics of the report include
The goal of the state-funded program is to
munications Center on Babcock Street in a stormwater management, transportation
provide free lunches to students who need
building previously used by Keiser College. the assistance due to family income. However, improvements, progress on utilities
The City has also completed paving projects all students under the age of 18 are eligible to projects including a new water treatment
in the area and Babcock Street medians are receive lunches. For details call 757-7118. plant, and ongoing projects to improve
being installed. the City’s parks and recreation facilities.
Census says Melbourne population expanded by 19 percent
The 2000 Census found that Melbourne’s details such as changes in household sizes.
population grew by 19% or 11,350 additional Although annexations into Melbourne are ex-
persons over the last decade to reach 71,382. pected to slow in coming years, “we still have a
What the Census has reported so far lot of capacity to grow,” said McCord.
matches expectations of City planners, said Bill
McCord, Assistant Planning and Zoning Admin- Improvement Projects
The City of Melbourne is pursuing listed im-
istrator. “Most of the growth in population during provement projects to maintain and improve
the 90’s occurred in the northern part of the city,” services to the community.
Hurricane damage to the Indian River La-
McCord noted. Completed:
goon shoreline and sidewalks at Pineapple
❏ PAFB elevated water tank refurb., $450,000.
Park is being repaired in a $102,000 project In the same period Melbourne also grew in
assisted by state and federal grants. Also, a Under construction:
area by 904 acres, or nearly 1-1/2 square miles, ❏ Canova water ground storage tank,
$70,000 federal grant is funding a project to
repair hurricane erosion damage at the Lake as a result of annexations, McCord said. $714,528.
Washington Water Treatment Plant. McCord said the City is still awaiting Census ❏ Bowe Gardens water line replacements,
Tree trimming can be part of hurricane season preparations ❏ Downtown ornamental lighting improve-
The City’s Solid Waste/Recycling Di- Homeowners must follow placement ments, $186,062.
vision is encouraging residents to begin rules to ensure pickup, Meshelany noted. ❏ Electrical improvements at D.B. Lee Waste-
preparations now for the June start of the Information is available at 953-6302. water Treatment Plant, $228,000.
hurricane season by trimming yard plants. Meshelany said the City encourages ❏ Fee Ave. Little League parking lot, $118,954.
❏ Fee Avenue Pool parking improvements,
“This is a good time to remove dead residents and businesses to check their
limbs and branches and trim back trees properties for any type of debris that could ❏ Melbourne Golf Course greens replace-
and brush that could damage structures,” be propelled by hurricane winds. ment, drainage improvements, $572,975.
said Recycling Coordinator Debbie Hazardous waste items that could be ❏ Old Eau Gallie water line replacements,
Meshelany. Work completed now can also spilled in a storm can also be removed. $357,000.
minimize service delays if a storm pro- The Sarno Landfill, operated by Brevard ❏ Paving of Lincoln Ave. and Grove Lane,
duces a large amount of yard debris. County in Melbourne, accepts household $205, 835.
“It’s also important to clear away yard hazardous waste at no charge on Thurs- ❏ Paving of Poinciana Blvd., Central Blvd.,
and Catterton Dr., $259,800.
trash that can go into drainage structures days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more dis-
❏ Pineapple Park shoreline restoration,
to cause blockage and flooding.” posal information call 255-4365. $91,696.
❏ Roof for sludge handling facility at Grant
Development Projects St. Wastewater Treatment Plant, $62,568.
❏ Southwest Park fields (Phase II), $242,447.
The City of Melbourne has completed review or ❏ Roy Allen Elementary School, 2601 Fountain-
inspection of development projects listed below. head Blvd., school. ❏ Surface water treatment plant improve-
❏ Shiloh Christian Center, University Blvd. east
Construction completed: ❏ Utility relocations on U.S. 1, $960,000.
of Babcock St., community center.
❏ Florida Institute of Technology Clemente Cen- ❏ Water main replacements, $351,057.
❏ Sonic Drive-In, 4011 N. Wickham Road, fast
ter, 150 W. University Blvd., recreation center. Out for bids:
❏ Forest Creek Subdivision Phase 2, Dairy Rd. ❏ Spectrum Building, 200 S. Harbor City Blvd., ❏ Phase III improvements at D.B. Lee Waste-
and Florida Ave., 63 residential units. parking lot addition. water Treatment Plant.
Under construction: ❏ Trane Build to Suit, Industry Rd. in Wickham Under design or ready to bid:
❏ Browning Health Care, 131 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Business Park, office and warehouse. ❏ Babcock Street median study.
new building with parking, office expansion. ❏ Wickham Retail & Storage, 401 N. Wickham ❏ Demolition of former Palms 8 Theater site.
❏ Canary Isles Subdivision, Golfview Avenue, Rd., retail/commercial building. ❏ Golf course and park renovations.
single family residences. Approved for construction: ❏ Lift Station No. 15 replacement.
❏ Century Oaks, 4001 Stack Blvd., 2-story adult ❏ Lipscomb Park lighting & sidewalks.
❏ Big Boy Toy Storage phase II, Skyway Circle,
congregate living facility. parking lot for rec. vehicles and boats. ❏ Realignment of northern end of Babcock
❏ Dictaphone parking lot addition, 3984 Pepsi ❏ Florida Sheet Metal, 560 North Drive, office & Street.
Cola Dr. manufacturing building. ❏ Restroom replacement at Lipscomb Park.
❏ First Baptist Church of Eau Gallie, 1501 W. Eau ❏ Full House, Phase II, 330 North Drive, manu- ❏ Sidewalk improvements citywide.
Gallie Blvd., church. facturing, warehouse, and office space. ❏ S. Fairway Dr. culvert replacement.
❏ Harvard Apartments, Phase 2, Palm Bay Road, ❏ Little River Daycare, 3100 Aurora Rd. ❏ Storm drain replacements - Hickory/Iris.
apartment complex. ❏ Nasa Plaza parking lot expansion, 915 S. ❏ Trickling filter upgrade at Grant Street
❏ JDS Uniphase facility, 1110 & 1120 W. Hibiscus Babcock St.. Wastewater Treatment Plant.
St., two-story office/professional building. ❏ Pineda Crossing Phase 4, Alamanda Dr., ❏ Utility relocations associated with Croton
❏ Mosswood Townhomes, Phase 2, west side of Penroyal Ct., and others, single-family homes. Road widening and U.S. 1 widening.
Stewart Rd., residential townhouses, 7 units. ❏ Whisper Lakes subdivision, Croton Rd. and ❏ Water distribution master plan improvements.
❏ Ready Mix Concrete Mix, 2585 Avocado Ave., Royal Poinciana Blvd., single-family homes. For more information contact Rory Dittmer,
concrete plant. For info. contact the Engineering Department at Design Supervisor, 953-6344.
❏ Renato Bakery, 2101 Aurora St., bakery. 321 / 953-6361.
July 4 ‘Fireworks Fund’ opens for 2001 CELEBRATE
A campaign to raise $10,000 to pay for the traditional Independence Day
with fireworks at the
Melbourne Community Fireworks display over the Indian Melbourne Causeway!
River Lagoon is underway. SUPPORT your fireworks
“The fund-raising campaign allows the Independence with a contribution.
Day fireworks to continue as a family event and as a salute
to freedom,” said City Manager Henry J. Hill. YES, I would like to help support the fireworks display.
The fireworks display draws thousands to Claude Edge NAME
Front Street Park, where concerts are also offered.
Donors are recognized in a printed program handed out ADDRESS
on July 4. Contributions may be forwarded to the City of
Melbourne, Revenue Division, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave.,
Please list your name as you would like it to appear
Melbourne, FL 32901, accompanied by the form at right. in the printed program distributed on July 4.
Neighborhood maps available online, along with business license application materials
The addition of neighborhood maps The occupational license information cupational license materials, so adding this
to the City’s web site has been an- that has been placed online includes a to the web site should be a convenience
nounced, along with the availability of complete explanation of the application for local businesses and for those think-
comprehensive information to assist those process. Application forms are available ing about moving here,” said Hill.
seeking municipal business licenses. for printing or downloading. Questions about the web site should
City Manager Henry Hill said the ad- “We get frequent requests for the oc- be directed to the Public Information Of-
ditions continue to expand the usefulness fice at 953-6282 or to cityhall@mel-
of the Internet web site, which is located bourneflorida.org.
“We are seeing more than 40,000 user
sessions a month at the web site, so it is MONTHLY MEETINGS
clearly providing an important service to Board of Adjustment, last Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Babcock St. Redev. Comm. 4th Wed., 8 a.m.
the community,” Hill said. “We plan to
Citizens Advisory Board, 1st Monday, 7:30 p.m.
continue to evolve service delivery by way
City Council, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
of the web.”
Code Enforcement Board, 1st Thursday, 6 p.m.
The new maps provide detailed views Downtown Architect. Board, 3rd Wed., 6 p.m.
of each Melbourne neighborhood. Each Firefighter/EMT Larry Pearson volun- Downtown Redevel. Comm., 1st Thurs., 8 a.m.
is from a map book maintained by the teered some 11 years ago to create re- Golf Courses Advis. Board, 2nd Wed., 7 p.m.
Fire Department. liable street maps for use by the Fire
Melbourne Airport Authority, 3rd Wed., 7:30
Department. He has continued the work a.m. at International Airport. Call 723-6227, ext. 3.
“These are useful for many purposes since then, verifying and adjusting the Planning & Zoning Board, Thursdays following
because they are very accurate map rep- maps as Melbourne has expanded. Re- 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
resentations of our streets,” said Hill. cently he was named “Firefighter of the Police Community Relations Council, 4th
Year” by the Fire Department as a sa- Thurs., 7 p.m., at Carver Park Comm. Center or
“The web makes it possible to place them lute to his contributions to the City. Grant St. Comm. Center. Call 259-1211 ext. 236.
online as a reference material.”
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