‘MYSTERY’ PARCEL: Rumor mill churns in Indian Harbour Beach

Rumors swirling around Indian Harbour Beach, prompted by demolition work and a construction fence on the corner of Pinetree Drive and A1A near the old Bishop’s Inn tavern, don’t mean that a Wawa convenience store – or anything else – is about to constructed there, according to city officials.

“The city has not received any plans or requests for development approval for this parcel,’’ City Manager Mark Ryan said.

Wawa officials reportedly have been scouting beachside Brevard County locations but, even with a fence and work going on, such is not the case – for better or worse – in Indian Harbour Beach, at least so far, Ryan said.

“The easternmost building on the property was significantly damaged by the recent hurricanes. The owner made the decision to demolish this building in lieu of repairing,’’ he said.

Permits for the fencing ($4,500) and demolition ($15,000) from the Indian Harbour Beach Building Department were taken out by Harbour Landing Holdings LLP, 719 Pine Tree Dr.

The Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office public records show no recent sales of the parcel. The whole 11,000 square-foot plaza, which houses Calvary Chapel and Indian River CrossFit among its tenants, was constructed in 1966 according to county records. The last sale recorded of 902 Pinetree Drive through 926 Pinetree Drive in 2002 for $5.8 million. The vacant corner lot at 1896 Highway A1A was last sold in 2005 for $559,000 to the current owner.

At this stage of the process the city would not have knowledge of any pending real estate contracts on the property owned by Rock Asset Management in Spring Lake, N.J. However, the city would be directly involved later in approving or denying whatever plans were presented.

The parcel was the latest spot to get a new sidewalk poured last week as part of the ongoing Florida Department of Transportation road project going on along A1A.

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