grand opening ceremonies slated for June 20 and 22
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno is at the Grand Opening of new Rockledge Civic Hub off Barton Blvd. in Rockledge, directly to the east of Rockledge City Hall.
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – The City of Rockledge will culminate the completion of two significant projects with grand opening ceremonies slated for June.
On June 20, at 6 p.m., the City will celebrate the grand opening of the new Rockledge Civic Hub, a park that is located directly to the east of Rockledge City Hall.
Then, on June 22, at 9 a.m., the City and the Department of Public Safety will officially place their new Fire Station No. 36 into service at 1600 Fiske Boulevard.
The grand opening of the Civic Hub will have food items available for sale; the celebration for Fire Station No. 36 will feature an “Uncoupling Ceremony,” which is a long-standing tradition in the fire service that signifies the opening of a new fire-fighting facility.
The process to create the Civic Hub began with the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners in late 2015 with the purchase of 1.6 acres of raw land. Since that time, the property has been transformed into a stunning venue with a number of amenities.
The construction of Fire Station No. 36, also referred to as Station 2, was accelerated courtesy of Hurricane Irma. The former facility had been experiencing deteriorating conditions for several years.
But Irma caused considerable roof damage, which, coupled with the age and disrepair of the facility, led to a decision to demolish the current structure and replace it with a new station at the same location.
The new facility is modernized and boasts state-of-the-art public-safety technology.
When asked about the timing of two such sizeable endeavors simultaneously coming to fruition, City Manager Brenda Fettrow said.
“It is extremely gratifying to watch a project take shape and transform from its inception to completion. But, being able to experience that with two such notable projects is a once-in-a-career opportunity.”
Features of the Civic Hub include a covered stage area, charging stations, Wi-Fi, and restrooms, to name a few. When not being utilized for a specific event, the Hub will provide a tranquil venue for residents and visitors to gather, relax and unwind.
“All of the stakeholders including Mayor Price, City Council, the Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners, and those involved in the planning, design, and construction are genuinely proud of both of these facilities,” said Fettrow.
“And, although they are vastly different from each other, they will each serve the City well for many years to come.”
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