Throughout the past few years, the City of Rockledge has undergone a number of beneficial transformations that have had a very positive impact on the Community Redevelopment District.
U.S. Highway 1
U.S. Highway 1 is not only a fundamental artery within the City of Rockledge; it is also the nucleus of the U.S. 1 redevelopment sub-district. In 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began a large-scale widening project on U.S. Highway 1, which expanded the roadway from four lanes to six. The $27-million project also included extensive storm water upgrades and the addition of a number of amenities. To ensure the incorporation of landscaping, decorative lighting and sidewalk enhancements, the Agency assisted by contributing $1.5 million for these elements.
Completed in September 2010, the culmination of the efforts of the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Rockledge and all of those involved with the extensive project was the December grand reopening celebration, which was well attended by elected officials, community leaders and City residents. Conducted in conjunction with the annual “ABATE Motorcycle Toy Run with Santa,” the event featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, as well as “Flavours of Rockledge,” which showcased the tasty fare of a number of local eating establishments.
U.S. 1 Gateway Sign
The City of Rockledge will soon begin installation of a new gateway sign at U.S. 1, just north of Dixie Lane. Because gateway signage creates a sense of welcoming and “place,” it is fundamentally important within redevelopment areas. Gateway signage is depictive, and, if effective, it will offer visitors and residents alike with a feeling of arrival and community.
Primary gateway signs are the very first ones visitors see when they cross into the limits of a city and begin forming their impressions of it. As such, gateway signage can have deep meaning to a city’s visitors, potential investors and residents.
Pending final permitting by the Florida Department of Transportation, the new U.S. 1 gateway sign should be in place by mid-2011.
Barton Boulevard Streetscape Project
After undergoing a comprehensive streetscape enhancement project in 2008, which included the installation of decorative lighting, landscaping and sidewalk improvements, Barton Boulevard garnered the Florida Redevelopment Association’s “Best Capital Project/Beautification” award in 2009. Serving as a critical connector roadway in the City, Barton Boulevard links the residential areas surrounding Fiske Boulevard and the residential communities along the riverfront to the diverse commercial core of Barton Boulevard.
Barton Boulevard Business District Sign
In remaining mindful of the importance of gateway signage within the Redevelopment District, an attractive new sign has been placed at the corner of Fiske Boulevard and Barton Boulevard for the purpose of promoting the Barton Boulevard Business District.
From eateries to auto repair shops to salons and spas, the Redevelopment District of the City of Rockledge is undoubtedly growing. During 2010 alone, the Redevelopment District became the home of nearly 60 new businesses! For a complete listing of the new retailers located right here in your backyard, click here.
By March 31 of each year, community redevelopment agencies are statutorily required to submit an annual report outlining their accomplishments to their respective city council and any taxing authorities. Click here to view the City of Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency's 2010 Annual Report.