Capote To Attend Mayor’s Institute On City Design

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Palm Bay has identified areas for development

The focal point for Palm Bay’s case includes the Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency (BCRA), created in 1999. The city has identified four areas within the BCRA for development including the Marina/Pospisil site, the proposed Bayfront Village, Castaways Point and the Estopeliz property which is located about a half-mile south of the marina and is a vacant former site of a grocery store. (City of Palm Bay image)

The City of Palm Bay has identified four areas within the Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency for development including the Marina/Pospisil site, the proposed Bayfront Village, Castaways Point and the Estopeliz property which is located about a half-mile south of the marina and is a vacant former site of a grocery store. (City of Palm Bay image)

 City of Palm Bay Designing, Creating Waterfront Village

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA  – Designing and creating a waterfront village that could become Palm Bay’s coveted downtown is the focus of Mayor William Capote’s three-day trip to Texas starting this Wednesday.

Designing and creating a waterfront village that could become Palm Bay’s coveted downtown is the focus of Mayor Capote’s three-day trip to Texas starting this Wednesday.

Designing and creating a waterfront village that could become Palm Bay’s coveted downtown is the focus of Mayor Capote’s three-day trip to Texas starting this Wednesday.

Mayor Capote, along with seven other mayors from around the country, will be in San Antonio participating in the 58th National Session of the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, an annual opportunity for mayors to engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities.

William Capote

William Capote

“We have a vision to develop the waterfront area around the bay, which is the heart of our city,” Mayor Capote said. “Currently, there are many challenges in finding the right developers, and the right combination of projects. I’m hoping this team of design experts can give us some guidance on how to move forward with success. I’m confident we can make this vision a reality.”

The focal point for Palm Bay’s case includes the Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency (BCRA), created in 1999.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PALM BAY WATERFRONT PLAN

The city has identified four areas within the BCRA for development including the Marina/Pospisil site, the proposed Bayfront Village, Castaways Point and the Estopeliz property which is located about a half-mile south of the marina and is a vacant former site of a grocery store.

The city has identified four areas within the BCRA for development including the Marina/Pospisil site, the proposed Bayfront Village, Castaways Point and the Estopeliz property which is located about a half-mile south of the marina and is a vacant former site of a grocery store.

Each site has unique challenges for design and development which the mayor hopes will inspire the team of experts to generate new ideas and solutions.

TWO POTENTIAL ANCHORS IDENTIFIED

A market study was done for this area and it identified two potential anchors that involve an entertainment district including restaurants and possibly an amphitheater along with a recreational and commercial working waterfront.

A market study was done for this area and it identified two potential anchors that involve an entertainment district including restaurants and possibly an amphitheater along with a recreational and commercial working waterfront. (City of Palm Bay image)

A market study was done for this area and it identified two potential anchors that involve an entertainment district including restaurants and possibly an amphitheater along with a recreational and commercial working waterfront. (City of Palm Bay image)

These anchors could both leverage the site’s waterfront location and combined could have the energy to become a destination point for the city.

“I’m excited about the potential for this area and am thrilled at the opportunity to have this team of experts providing feedback, guidance, ideas, and possible solutions,” the mayor added.

“With each passing day we are so much closer to making something great happen here.”

The Mayor’s Institute on City Design is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative with the American Architectural Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Palm Bay Mayor Capote is an active member.

Mayor Capote departs for Texas on Wednesday and will present Palm Bay’s case on Friday. During the three-day institute the mayor will also be learning of other cities design challenges. All participants will receive a detailed report from the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s later this year.


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