FELLSMERE – Businesses on the east side of Broadway Avenue in Fellsmere could soon be connected to sewer lines now that the city has received a $200,000 grant to get the work done.
“We want to make that happen as soon as possible,” City Manager Jason Nunemaker said of getting the sewer work done.
The city needs to finish the engineering work for the project before construction can start, he said.
The Historic Fellsmere Inn could reopen as a hotel or bed and breakfast once it connects to the sewer lines, according to Bill Glynn, of Thorpe Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the sale of the property.
Glynn has told VeroNews.com that the owner plans to sell to someone who is willing to operate the Fellsmere Inn as a credit to the town and in keeping with its original intent.
One of the stumbling blocks the property has had in selling has been the lack of connection to the city’s sewer system. Due to the number of hotel rooms and anticipated use of the building, it would have to be connected in order to operate as it was designed.
The hotel boasts 11 rooms, many of which now have their own private bathroom, new electric wiring, new plumbing, new windows, a cocktail lounge and bar, a banquet hall, and a new kitchen, according to Glynn, after the renovations were completed.
The Fellsmere Inn is listed on the market for $1.29 million, $100,000 more than it was listed for last September.