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Jul 11

July - Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota

Posted on July 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM by Samantha Senger

Councilman Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager Matthew Fuhrer and Economic Development Manager Larr
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2017 by Erdman Automotive Group, on the 35 acre site west of I-95 off State Road 520 in Cocoa, which will be the new home of Mike Erdman Nissan, Mike Erdman Toyota, and Erdman Pre-Owned.  District 3 Councilman, Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager, Matt Fuhrer, and Economic Development Manager, Larry Lallo were in attendance for this ceremonial event.  
The expansion to the new location includes 160,000 SF of buildings and an investment of nearly $30 million in new construction, machinery, and equipment.  It is also expected to create over 100 new jobs in the Cocoa community.
The new facility is expected to open very soon with the Nissan dealership being completed first and then an opening of the Toyota dealership and the Pre-Owned dealership.  
On July 4, 2018, Mike Erdman Nissan & Toyota held a Flag Raising Ceremony at their new Cocoa location, which the Mayor and Members of Council were able to attend and help welcome the organization to Cocoa.  
The new facilities will be state-of-the-art with new enhanced computer systems, equipment, machinery, and other amenities to enhance the customer experience.  The equipment and software will facilitate and enhance the tracking of customer flow through the service lanes and other shops.  Other efficiencies will include the diagnostic aspect of the vehicles, the monitoring of the sales process and time it takes to purchase a vehicle.  In addition, the on-site computer systems will be upgraded and enhanced and will utilize cloud technology for both technicians, staff, and customers.  These upgrades will allow a more efficient handling of the customers from the sale of the vehicle to the service of the vehicle.  
We are excited to welcome Erdman Automotive to Cocoa! 
Apr 20

April - Flying J Travel Center

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 5:01 PM by Samantha Senger

Flying J Opening
In August 2017, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new 13,600sf Cocoa Pilot Flying J Travel Center, its first Brevard County location just off Interstate 95, along State Road 524. 

The new travel center includes a convenience store and an attached Wendy’s, a PJ Fresh Eatery, and a Cinnabon.  The center has eight truck fueling lanes and fourteen car fueling positions.  

The Flying J Travel Center, which employs more than 100 people, is far exceeding expectations and is projected to contribute $3.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues.  

“The Flying J Travel Center is a great addition to District 3 residents along SR 524.  It also adds the needed facilities for trucks that come through our area.  Truck drivers now have a safe and convenient location to fuel up and rest in the Cocoa area,” said District 3 Councilman Don Boisvert who meets and has coffee with constituents at the Flying J nearly every weekday. 

“We’re thrilled to serve the Cocoa community and contribute to the local economy with our new travel center,” Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J said in a statement to Florida Today in August 2017. “Both local residents and those traveling through the Brevard County area and along Interstate 95 will soon be able enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Flying J Travel Center.”

Flying J Travel Centers across the country serve more than 1.3 million customers daily and the one in Cocoa is now one of 29 locations in Florida.  

This new business will be a great asset for the Walmart Distribution Center that is currently being constructed along SR 524 as well.  It is also part of a recent flurry of development along the SR 524 and I95 corridor in the Cocoa area.  With the amount of available property and central location, this area is prime for development.   
Feb 09

January - Clearlake Isles Senior Apartment Community

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 3:38 PM by Samantha Senger

Clearlake Isles
On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, Royal American Companies, the US1 Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and the City of Cocoa celebrated the grand opening of Clearlake Isles Senior Apartment Community, Cocoa's newest and now fully-leased affordable senior apartment community which has revitalized a formerly vacant city owned lot within the redevelopment area of the US1 Corridor (CRA) redevelopment area.

The new apartment community provides 84 one and two bedroom residences for low and very low income seniors 55 years or older who earn between 35% and 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Apartment features include fully equipped energy efficient kitchens, washer and dryer in unit, a pantry, walk-in closets, and screened in porches. Community amenities include a central amenity center with a library, community room, computer center, fitness center, and many other amenities & features.

Clearlake Isles has been a long-time vision and joint partnership with the US 1 Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency investing approximately $600,000 through the donation of land, the City of Cocoa also waived $50,000 in permit fees and supported the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application with the developer, and DFP Enterprises/Royal American Development.  The project is funded by the State of Florida 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Total development costs were $12.4 million dollars. 

This project is a shining example of the effectiveness of redevelopment agencies and how CRAs facilitate development and address the needs of affordable housing. The development's 7.85 acre site is located along the US 1 Corridor redevelopment area south of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Clearlake Road, in the City of Cocoa. The main goal for this project was to revitalize the area off the US 1 Corridor by offering much needed affordable senior housing.