Fellsmere council approves brownfield zone for parts of city

FELLSMERE – Much of Fellsmere’s commercial properties are expected to be under a brownfield designation once the state signs off on the city’s plans.

“We’re very pleased to have this move forward,” Fellsmere City Manager Jason Nunemaker said.

The Fellsmere City Council unanimously approved the map and resolution declaring much of the city part of its Fellsmere Economic Enhancement District.

 

“I think it’ll be an asset for the community,” Nunemaker said.

Thursday’s meeting was the second of two required public hearings on the matter. No one from the public gave their input at either hearing.

By identifying certain properties within the city as part of the Fellsmere Economic Enhancement District, property owners can tap into state incentives for developing their sites, attracting businesses and creating jobs.

The district also provides assistance to those whose properties have or are perceived to have environmental contamination.

Community Development Director Mark Mathes told the council that only one property owner requested to opt out of the designation map.

Mathes said Fellsmere Joint Ventures asked the city to add two of its parcels on the west end of town be added. The company also told Mathes that it would like the ability to add more parcels in the future.

The city has mapped out more than 25,000 acres of non-residential property to be included in the Fellsmere Economic Enhancement District. The majority of the property is currently undeveloped agricultural land and along County Road 512. Other targeted sites include the Interstate 95/CR 512 interchange and some properties on the north edge of the city.

The city’s resolution and map are expected to be sent to the state for review and approval before the Fellsmere Economic Enhancement District can be implemented.

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