Old Titusville mall to make way for multi-phase development

A three-phase redevelopment of the 55-year-old Titusville Mall is scheduled to begin in October.

Built in 1966, the 260,000-square-foot Titusville Mall, (formerly Searstown Mall) at 3550 S. Washington Ave, has been an important part of Titusville’s past and remains a part of the city’s present. 

But the old mall will begin soon to make way for a $145 million redevelopment.

California Retail Properties Corp. plans to begin demolition in October.

The 22-acre, three-phase residential and commercial project called Titusville Resort and Destination is expected to create hundreds of full-time jobs and include:

  • 162,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center
  • 326 apartments with a two-story parking structure
  • Seven-story, 153-room hotel and a four-story parking structure

“The hotel will face U.S. 1, while the apartments and retail businesses will be along Hopkins Avenue,” said Jessie Wright, the CEO of California Retail Properties Corp. 

Bealls Outlet, The Antique Mall, Avis Car Rental and Titusville Mall Cinema remain in the master plan.

The development will proceed as follows:

  • Phase 1, commercial and retail
  • Phase 2, residential and senior living
  • Phase 3, hotel and sport complex/convention center

It will all help fill a void created by a growing community near Kennedy Space Center.

“There is a huge demand for housing,” Wright said.

The project team includes Orlando-based architect Cuhaci & Peterson, Titusville-based civil engineer Honeycutt and Associates Inc. and Orlando-based Luke Transportation Engineering Consultants Inc.

Construction might be completed by August 2025.

“It will be good for Titusville and shows the developer has faith in the area and its continued growth,” said Pam Hayhurst, the owner of Tea World Cafe and Tea Room in the mall.

She cited the mall’s age. “It is 55 years old. Something needed to be done,” she said.

Although Hayhurst remains undecided about whether she will continue her business at another location, she understands the demolition will proceed in phases and hopes to remain where she is while things move forward. She urged the community to continue supporting merchants in

the mall.

For information about the redevelopment, visit  loopnet.com/Listing/3550-S-Washington-Ave-Titusville-FL/16410380.