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Titus Landing Mall Project
The developer applied for demolition permits on 22 December 2014, we issued all required permits on 30 December 2014.
Staff completed the review of the initial site plan submittal. Staff expects the next site plan submittal to change of the location of anchor tenants.
Staff completed the initial review of the three story medical building, which includes the interior build-out plan.
Space Coast Regional Airport
The Space Coast Regional Airport continues to be an important economic engine for the North Brevard Area. Construction is currently underway to expand runway apron and construct a new hangar to allow additional aviation related activity.
The airport recently is now a state designated Spaceport Territory and is awaiting its FAA designation as a spaceport expected in May 2015.
Staff issued a permit on 13 April 2005 to construct a new hangar. The hangar construction expected completion is November 2015.
The liquid natural gas (LNG) facility site plan should be forthcoming in about three months. The project developer plans to meet periodically with interested parties that live within the immediate vicinity of the facility to provide safety related information as key design and engineering reports become available.
Staff has reviewed the initial site plans review for a 240,000 square foot warehouse facility, the first phase of the Flagler Logistics Center. Staff anticipates the site plan within the next three months.
Publix – Outparcels
The Publix grocery (Barna and SR50) and associated Publix liquor store opened in February. Staff conducted a pre-application conference for a Space Coast Credit Union on one of the two outparcels.
Draa Stormwater Project
Staff submitted permit applications for the storm water facility and park. We anticipate construction to begin in late May early June 2015 with completion in autumn 2015.
Fire Training Tower
There is a ground breaking scheduled for 22 April 2015. Staff anticipates project completion early autumn 2015.
Downtown and CRA
Embers Lounge has been closed and replaced with Bar IX - a venue for music and entertainment.
Chops Restaurant announced that it is moving from their downtown location to a yet to be determined location. Dr. Aker plans to expand his existing business in that space.
In anticipation of the completion of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail, Staff is working hard to provide a safe and attractive venue to set the conditions for our downtown to transform into a Trail Town.
The Trail Town vision includes a vibrant downtown during the day including enhanced parks, trails, shopping and dining. On weekends and after six add residential occupancy, arts, entertainment and theater.
The CRA board directed Staff to design -build a welcome center on the northwest corner of the Julia street parking lot. The welcome center will include restrooms, retail space and an information center. The exterior design will take on the character of the Carriage House once a part of the Prichard House property.
Staff will purchase and install benches, bike racks and additional garbage cans in addition to completing the banners on South Hopkins,
Staff anticipates the downtown park enhancements will improve youth and family oriented amenities include two splash pads one located in Sand Point and one in Marina Park.
Additionally in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Rec, we will construct a BMX bike track in Marina Park.
Staff will begin plans for a connection between Sand Point Park and the downtown area and a permanent band shell structure in Sand Point Park.
Well Field Four (TIFA)
Phase 1 of the well field is complete and in operation. This phase is providing the city with 750,000 gallons per day of raw water.
Phase 2 well drilling is complete and construction of the pipeline has begun.
Phase 2 completion is set for July 2015. This will provide the City with an additional 2,000,000 per day, bringing total production of well field 4 to 2.75 MGD.
Roads and Street Repaving
Our FY 2015 budget includes over $1M in funds for an aggressive street repaving program. Funding provided this year allows us to complete nearly 10 miles of road resurfacing. Work will begin in May 2015 and continue throughout the summer of 2015.
The Kirk Point/Riverfront Park project is currently in final design and permitting with a target date of summer 2015 for the bid package advertisement and construction to follow.
Staff continues to work with the County Parks and Rec staff to ensure the proper maintenance of all city parks, including the newly completed Spaceview Park.
The rails to trail project will connect Titusville with the gulf coast of Florida and points to the north. Our city serves as a trailhead for this tremendous asset. We anticipate increased visitors to our city especially to the historic district.
Staff made final selection for design-build for the Rails to Trails Phase 2 project. This project includes an overpass of Garden St to connect the Rail Trail network to downtown. The project will begin within the next three months.
Staff is seeking grant funding for 6-10 shelters in conjunction with the SCAT 2016 budget. We will propose to locate those shelters where SCAT recommends – most likely at their highest rider stops.
According to the latest SCAT rider count, only 8 of our city bus stops have above 25 riders a day. SCAT periodically adjusts their stops based on ridership counts. Staff believes this is the best approach to make sure our shelters are located at stops that are enduring.
Indian River Lagoon
Remediation of the Indian River Lagoon remains among the highest priorities of this City Council. The City’s Natural Resources Planner and Public Works staff are attending meetings of the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, as well as working on numerous issues relating to the health of our lagoon.
The City, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida made application for a grant to undertake a living shorelines program. Although the presentation to the grant review committee was positive, we do not anticipate a decision on the grant until October 2015.
Staff received FDEP approval for grant funding to install baffle boxes at two outfalls to the Lagoon; Main St and south of Bayview St. The next step is EPA approval before funding can be finalized; EPA approval is not expected on the grant until October 2015. Staff has work plans to install several baffle boxes and other storm water infrastructure improvements.
Further initiatives include improving storm water management, controlling fertilizer run-off, and developing a pet-waste ordinance. These initiatives will position our city to exceed the stringent TMDL and BMAP State EPA requirements.
Staff continues to seek out and apply for grant funding for projects that include additional baffle boxes at outfalls, tree boxes within the City, floating wetland islands and littoral zone planting.
Royal Oaks Golf Course and Resort
Currently, there are no land development regulations that specifically address the redevelopment of golf courses.
Although no request to redevelop an existing golf course within the City, the increased frequency of golf course redevelopment within the state has encouraged Council to be proactive on development of these regulations.
On 14 April 2015, Council approved a one year moratorium on the redevelopment of golf courses to permit the development of applicable regulations.
Conveyance of Pritchard House
Brevard County Parks and Recreation offered to convey the ownership and maintenance responsibilities of the Pritchard House to the City. Staff advised CRA/Council of this offer and received a consensus of support to proceed with due diligence on the feasibility/cost of this transfer.
We anticipate placing this item on the 28 April 2015 agenda for further guidance from Council. As part of our due diligence, Staff met with Roz Foster of the NB Heritage Foundation on 15 April 2015. We received her strong support of this initiative.
City Buildings Capital Improvements
Staff is beginning to develop plans for a 10-year building and capital improvements project. The three focus areas in order are the Public Works facility, completing the Police Department facility repairs, and the construction of a new City Hall.
Staff continues our journey towards creating a culture of continuous improvement. We currently have nine projects in the implementation phase and two new projects expected to kick off in early June.
We currently have 15 Lean Six Sigma certified green belts and 1 black belt on staff. We have retained the services of CAS Adaptive Solutions to assist with our ongoing projects.
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Edyie McCall joined our team in early April. Ms. McCall brings a wealth of experience and economic development expertise to our team and city. We are looking forward to her great future successes.