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                                                    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 mfdcert@hotmail.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 cityhall@melbourneflorida.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
 provided.
                                                      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,
                                                                                                                    $351,057.
 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
                                                                                                                    $33,885.
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-
                                                                                                                    ments, $23.4-million.
                                                       ❏ 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:
                                                         food restaurant.
 ❏ 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
                                                                         (Optional)
 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.
at www.melbourneflorida.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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2, 254-4794, email c/o the City Clerk
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