Viera's tallest building set to rise on Rodina Drive

The Luna is a mixed residential commercial building coming to Viera.

BY LINDA JUMP

The Luna, a $100 million six-story complex developed by North American Properties, will add 245 apartments off Rodina Drive in Viera by fall 2022.

“Our focus now is building on the Space Coast. We’re helping get businesses here and recruit new employees with a combination of class A multifamily housing and our industrial program,” said Kat Butler, the vice president of acquisitions for North American Properties. Headquarters are in Cincinnati, but Butler said the company will create six offices in downtown Melbourne in a site formerly used as an attorney’s office.

“We’re excited to move to the Space Coast to help them grow,” she said. “The lease kicks in July 1, beginning with eight employees and growing to 13.”

In three years, NAP has developed 22 million square feet of commercial space and 19,000 apartments in 15 states and 67 cities at a capital cost of $1.1 billion. Butler said construction for The Luna at Viera project will take 14 to 18 months.

“There’s a huge materials backup right now because everything is in high demand. Labor is also in high demand, but we have 80 percent of the work already under contract,” she said.

Brian Baluta, director of communications and partner relations at the Space Coast Economic Development Council, said: “NAP are smart, data-driven developers who see what we are. Nationally, the Space Coast boasts the second-best economy, ranks seventh for net migration, and Viera, in particular, is the 16th best-selling master plan community.”

The Luna includes 212,000 square feet on 2.5 acres in east and west towers. Planned are 146 one-bedroom, 94 two-bedroom and five studio apartments. Pets are allowed with a fee. Butler said the rental prices haven’t been determined. 

“It’s a primo location at the entrance to The Avenue,” she said.

Amenities include a sky wine lounge with sunset view, a club pub with access to the pool and grills, a fitness studio, courtyard with lawn games and movie theater, a dog wash, bike repair area, and business lounge. A high-tech boardroom was designed with the help of art students from Florida State University, Butler said.