Northboro Builders’ Larry Jarnes Has Unique Vision for Former Foosaner Art Museum Site
By Space Coast Daily // May 20, 2020
new hotel Renderings will be available in June
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Earlier this month, Florida commercial developer Northboro Builders was selected among a number of interested bidders to purchase the Foosaner Art Museum in the Eau Gallie Arts District (known as EGAD), in Melbourne.
Northboro Builders CEO Larry Jarnes has a unique vision for the site, which includes a boutique hotel, filled with local art and featuring a trendy rooftop pool and restaurant, complete with wide-spanning views of the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean.
This is a completely new vision for the arts district, which has been looking for ways to grow local and out-of-town visitors and art lovers for some time.
“My family and I are residents here in Melbourne and it’s incredibly important to us that we are able to maintain the exciting vision we have for this property, on behalf of our local community who will benefit,” said Jarnes.
“So we want to make sure we get the right boutique hotel partner in place. While we’ve had an overwhelming interest from hoteliers so far, due to the unique nature of this waterfront arts district, we are still keeping an open mind on the perfect fit, so we are welcoming more inquiries.”
In addition to the boutique hotel, plans are also in work for a unique collective food hall/co-working office space concept across the street in the former Foosaner Education Center.
City officials have been very supportive of the concept as a way to generate significant economic growth for the community.
“The Eau Gallie downtown area of Melbourne has always been a diamond in the rough,” said District 2 Melbourne City Council Member Mark LaRusso.
“As the representative of this incredible location, all of the stakeholders have been working diligently to bring about an awareness of our unique arts district. The opportunity to partner with Northboro, an internationally renowned developer, to bring about a truly off the charts project is beyond exciting, we welcome them with open arms.”
Melbourne Vice Mayor Paul Alfrey was also positive about the new project.
“As I grew up in Eau Gallie, I am excited about this project,” said Alfrey.
“Combining our rich arts history into the hotel plans will serve as a model for other areas.”
Lisa Packard, Executive Director of the Eau Gallie Arts District, welcomes the project to the area because it brings multiple necessary “downtown” assets — retail, hotel, and restaurant — while maintaining the creative spirit of the arts district.
“We know we are growing as a destination downtown and this particular kind of hotel project will serve the locals well while drawing more visitors to the district. I couldn’t be more excited,” said Packard.
Renderings for the boutique hotel concept are currently being developed and will be available in June.
Hoteliers interested in discussing partnership opportunities with Northboro Builders tied to the Eau Gallie Arts District project should contact CEO Larry Jarnes directly at Larry@NorthboroBuilders.com or via cell at 774-696-6000.
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