Also in City Watch: A look ahead to what will come before the Planning Board on Feb. 13.
Demolition of the closed Publix building in The Trails Shopping Center, along with the former CVS building, will start in February, according to Bob Dake, Executive Vice President of Leasing at ShopOne.
This will begin the construction of a “Next Generation” Publix with a mezzanine on the second floor to allow dining, as was reported in a neighborhood meeting back in April 2019. The new building will span 48,848 square feet.
The project is estimated to take between 9-10 months to complete, Dake said in an email. The company is also working to save the mural in the front of the building to incorporate it somewhere else in the shopping center.
“We want to provide a better experience at the property for the local community, while preserving its rich history,” Dake said.
Demolition should be completed by Feb. 13, according to the contractor’s construction schedule.
ShopOne Centers has high hopes for the new store in The Trails.
“Publix is a best in class grocer and nobody does it as well as they do,” Dake said. “Providing a new format, enlarged grocery store in the community will enhance the shopping experience and community engagement both now and for generations to come.”
What’s coming to Planning Board?
Six applications have been submitted for Planning Board review at its meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13.
Three of the items relate to All-Aboard Storage seeking to add RV and boat storage to existing facilities. Also, the board will review a request to subdivide 25 acres into five lots, to be called Pellicer Acres.
Two itinerant vending requests will be up for review as well.
OBFD rescues dog stuck in porch
Ormond Beach Fire Department’s Engine 93 rescued Charlie, a dog stuck underneath a back porch on Jan. 24, a Facebook post by the Ormond Beach Professional Firefighters stated.
Charlie was safely extricated.
City Commission receives award
The Ormond Beach City Commission was honored with the Community Partner Award by the Ormond Beach Historical Society, according to the city’s Facebook page.
The award was given out during the Historical Society’s annual meeting on Jan. 24, where the 2020 board and officers were installed. Other award recipients included:
Tom Massfeller: John Andrew Bostrom Lifetime Achievement Award
Erlene Tuner: Anderson-Price Memorial Award.
This story was updated at 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, to reflect the information and quotes provided by ShopOne Centers came from Executive Vice President of Leasing Bob Dake.