Space Coast Association of Realtors' new HQ may open in October
The new headquarters of the Space Coast Association of Realtors is at Wickham Road and Pineda Plaza Way.
Mike Gaffey Viera Voice
The new Palm Shores headquarters of the Space Coast Association of Realtors should be open a few months ahead of schedule.
Currently under construction at Wickham Road and Pineda Plaza Way and just south of Produce Place of Suntree, the 15,266-square-foot facility will consolidate the association’s two locations in Melbourne and on Merritt Island.
“Originally we were supposed to be in by December, but they’re ahead of schedule and we’re thinking maybe late October,” said Leah Selig, CEO of the association, which serves more than 4,000 Realtors and business partners. “We’re excited.”
The association’s 8,000-square-foot Merritt Island office at 105 McLeod St. closed June 22, Selig said. Staff will work out of the 13,000-square-foot Melbourne office at 1450 Sarno Road until the new headquarters is ready.
The organization arose from the 2014 merger of the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors and Space Coast Realtors. Member Realtors voted in October 2016 to sell the association’s two offices and purchase property for a new facility in Palm Shores, heeding a recommendation from the association’s Future Facility Task Force. Groundbreaking took place at the 3-acre site on April 18.
Consolidating the two offices under one roof is the right move financially, Selig said. “When we merged, it just didn’t make sense to keep those two big buildings like that,” she said.
The Palm Shores site provides a centralized location close to Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, and should reduce commutes for some members and staff, Selig said. “Most of our members are centrally located in that area, so it just made sense,” she said. “It’s the perfect location for us.”
Designed by Melbourne architectural firm Holeman Group, Inc., the association’s new home will have office and meeting space, as well as 8,820 square feet of event space with a catering kitchen and reception area for town halls, training and other events such as wedding receptions, with room for up to 471 people, Selig said.
General contractor M.E. Construction, Inc. of West Melbourne is the builder and C & H Merrill, Inc. of Palm Bay did engineering and design work.
“Our new building will allow us to reduce costs and streamline our services, thus enhancing our ability to serve our community and our Realtors,” Association President Lynn Jones said at the groundbreaking ceremony.