The is area is characterized as a low-income area, which has a large amount of deteriorated housing stock and poorly developed infrastructure, resulting from lack of private reinvestments. While the CRA has provided assistance for neighborhood revitalization, this has not lead to substantial private sector reinvestment dollars. Significant investments are approximately $2 million and have resulted in tangible improvements for neighborhood revitalization. The total acreage of vacant and improved property is approximately 63 with the following proposed land uses: 57 acres of single-family residential , 2 acres of park/open space and 4 acres of multifamily residential development.
The primary goal is to improve living conditions for area residents and stabilize the neighborhood through infrastructure improvements, continued maintenance of improvements and new housing construction.
Evans Center Approved for Community Contribution Tax Credit Program
The Evans Center Project located in the Driskell Heights area of the Bayfront Community Redevelopment District has been approved by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to participate in the State of Florida's Community Contribution Tax Credit Program. Businesses anywhere in Florida can apply for a tax credit of up to 50% of the value of their contribution. This opportunity applies to businesses that pay Florida Corporate Income Tax, Florida Insurance Premium Tax and businesses that collect and remit Sales Tax. This approval allows the Evan Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization to boost their efforts to raise capital funds to build a multi-use building housing a market/deli, classrooms for youth job training and a satellite health clinic serving the Driskell Heights and Powells Subdivision Neighborhoods in northeast Palm Bay and south Melbourne where the Evans Market once operated. For more information please contact Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition (BNDC): 321-253-4214.