The City of Titusville, Florida / Community Development / Economic Development / NewsNew developments are transforming Titusville
FLORIDA TODAY 10:55 p.m. EDT March 26, 2016
TITUSVILLE — The Titusville Logistics Center is hard to miss, stretching westward from the edge of U.S. 1, taking up the equivalent square footage of about 120 average homes.
The 246,000-square-foot building — which will handle imports and exports moving through Port Canaveral — located at the southern edge of Titusville is only a part of the buildings, businesses and changes that are transforming the city, boosting the economy, bringing jobs and entertainment to North Brevard.
Further along U.S.1, The Brix Project Brewery, a 16,000-square-foot building where more than 20 people will work, is taking shape. Other businesses going on line this year in Titusville are Embraer Aero Seating Technologies and Lockheed Martin Space System, which bring more than 200
The main section of a rails to trail bicycle overpass has been installed over Garden Street. The trail, which is part of the Coast to Coast Connector, a 250-mile trail that will go through downtown Titusville from Canaveral National Seashore to St. Petersburg, is expected to bring bicyclists and tourists to the city.
"That's transforming the city," city manager Scott Larese said. "These things are changing the whole economic dynamic of our city."
A city that once depended almost entirely on the space program and the jobs it brought, is diversifying and attracting other businesses. Commercial space that once sat vacant are beginning to be filled. Some such as the old Lighting Industries building, is being converted for The Brix Project Brewery.
The owners of The Brix Project, have been successful since starting Playalinda Brewing Company 16 months ago in downtown. Now they are starting The Brix Project Brewery to help supply Playalinda, and distribute in the area and around the state.
Bicycle trail bridge work underway in Titusville
"The Playlinda Brewing Company has had great growth," said Ron Raike, co-owner and brewmaster. "We can't keep up with what we're selling out of here."
Raike said he and business partner Bryan Scott wanted to invest back in the community. He said he see Titusville welcoming new businesses and development.
"It's on the rebound," he said. "It's a growing market for us. We're excited about the new eateries opening up in Titusville. "We're seeing more mom and pops restaurants coming back into the city."
Elsewhere in town, Quam's Schoolhouse Burgers and Bagel 13 have remodeled older buildings to start new businesses. Starbucks, Orleans By The River and Parrish Health Village are all project that are getting underway in the city. Work continues at the site of the demolished Miracle City Mall to make way for Titus Landing Shopping Center.
Dr. Sachin Shenoy said he always wanted to own a restaurant and the time was right in September for him to open Orleans By the River in Titusville.
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"I love this town," he said. "I've had this dream or a long time."
County Commissioner Robin Fisher, who with Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley founded Greater Titusville Renaissance, said an atmosphere was created by people in the community, such as three car dealerships that have renovated and built new showrooms, which gives others confidence to invest.
"Other people are starting to have faith that this community is going to survive," Fisher said. "It's that ripple effect that we are starting to see. It's at all levels."
Tulley said a lot of the changes had to do with the efforts of the North Brevard Economic Zone.
"I think it had and impact on the state of mind of the community that we are coming back," he said.
Tulley said the bike path and overpass are also raising confidence and will attract people to the city.
Residents await Titus Landing, which has been delayed many times, but which Tulley said he believes construction will start in the next two months.
"That's going to be a huge confidence builder," he said.
Recreation projects include the bike trail with a new welcome center to be built downtown in the Julia Street Parking lot. Draa Field Park, a $1.7 million pond and park will include a trail-head for the rails trail that will go through it. A splash pad and other improvements to Sand Point Park are expected this year.
Larese said he see the need for additional venues in downtown as more tourist flock to the area and the bike trail brings in more people. With the welcome center the city will also try to make it easy for people to walk from downtown to Sand Point Park.
"What we're trying to do it connect downtown to the park," he said. "Families come to the part and they will be able to walk to downtown."
The city also will get 10 new bus shelters and in a couple of years a makeover of Hopkins Avenue that will include new sidewalks and landscape. The hope it that it will make an easy connection to the mall for pedestrian, bicyclists and motorists.
"We're on our way to recovery," Larese said. "People feel better about our town. They see all these things coming."
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