There’s a host of new growth coming to an area already seeing tremendous amounts of it as future plans show for construction west of Interstate-95 in Viera.
According to Eva Rey, director of community management, amenities and communications with The Viera Company, a new ingress/egress with Interstate 95 will be built that will help lead to development.
"We are currently constructing the Lake Andrew (Drive) connection to Pineda," Rey said. "If you’ve been down that way, you’ve seen the dirt moving and that is what is happening. We do expect that to be completed around June of 2021, but that is in progress."
The development process does not sound too dissimilar to the growth track seen in the area of Viera Boulevard, with the recent addition of an interchange with I-95 there.
"So, like I said, if you build it, they will come. So, if you look at this entire area, that’s going to be another commercial, retail, restaurant, multi-family, you can have parks there," Rey said. "This is a real dense multi-use area that you’re going to see sprout up at that interchange."
Rey also discussed how the new roads will help make traveling more convenient and reduce traffic, particularly for interests in areas where construction has or will take place, referred to in planning (as shown on a planning map) as Villages 1, 2 and 3.
"It’s going to help in a lot of different ways," Rey said. "It’s going to be another ingress and egress point out of Viera. It’ll be able to serve all of those residents in Village 1 and eventually in Village 2 and 3 to help them to get to the interstate, which as you know, it’s a straight (drive) to the beaches and Patrick (Air Force Base)."
The build-up in the area is the continuation of a population build that Rey says has "been around 2.5 to 3.5 percent annually, even on the higher end most recently. Viera’s population currently stands at just over 27,000, she added, but continuous growth will lead to a projected population of 30,000 by 2025 and an astounding 70,000 by 2050.
"We’re in this for the long game — this is the long term," Rey said. "We broke ground in 1989, which was 31 years ago and we’re not even halfway there yet."