This week in City Watch: The City Commission approved a building improvement grant for an ice cream or dessert shop.
A dessert shop could soon be in the works for Ormond Beach’s downtown district.
The City Commission approved a $50,000 building improvement grant for the old gas station site at 100 W. Granada Boulevard. The property was originally slated to house the Pumphouse Barbecue restaurant, but Bill Jones purchased the Sunshine Dry Cleaners building nextdoor, and decided to locate the restaurant there instead, a city memo states. Planning Director Steven Spraker said the two businesses at 126 and 128 W. Granada Blvd. (Chef Rx and the Neighborhood Shop) will not be affected.
“Ormond Beach should be the poster child for how to operate a CRA," City Commissioner Troy Kent said. "Our redevelopment program that we’ve had in place for at least 15 years has been wildly successful.”
The property at 100 W. Granada Blvd. is owned by HEJAHA LLC, and the company has indicated wanting an ice cream or other dessert shop to occupy the building, which was built in 1963. The grant in meant to aid in the redevelopment and facade improvement of properties within the city’s Community Redevelopment Area.
There will be nine parking spaces, to be shared with the Pumphouse. The property owner will be given one year to complete the improvements, though the estimated timeline for the project is 5-6 months.
Granada medians to get new trees
The City Commission approved replacing the holly trees on all medians west from the I-95 overpass to Orchard Street with Medjool palms and Crape Myrtles, a project which will cost $839,700.
The exisiting holly trees are diseased, a city memo states. The contract was awarded to RJ Landscape Contractors Inc.
The city will be partly reimbursed by FDOT for $657,695.
City to explore interlocal agreement with Flagler County
As Flagler County doesn’t have the ability to provide water and sewer to any future development in the U.S 1 corridor north of the Volusia line, Flagler is asking for Ormond Beach to provide utilities to a 23.41 acre warehouse for Project Columbus, an assembler and distributer of furniture.
The company plans to invest $20 million for construction of the 250,000 square foot warehouse, and employ over 50 full-time workers.
Travel approved for commissioners
Mayor Bill Partington will attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation convention in Denver, Colorado.
Commisioner Rob Littleton will attend the American City County Exchange Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona.