The Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront Community Redevelopment Area was established by the City of Melbourne under the authority granted by Brevard County on May 22, 2001. The area includes a downtown that was once the City of Eau Gallie, prior to the cities of Eau Gallie and Melbourne merging in 1969 upon approval by voters.
The public purpose of this CRA is to eliminate slum and blight conditions within its boundaries.
The CRA uses tax increment financing (TIF) to capture both city and county taxes on property values that exceeded the 2001 base level. These funds are used to finance capital improvement projects and economic incentive programs.
As a result of the redevelopment district, Eau Gallie Square was constructed and improved, the Highland Avenue parking lot was purchased, grants have been given for façade improvements and Art Overlay Zone improvements, a sidewalk was installed along Eau Gallie Boulevard, benches were purchased, and business wayfinding signs have been installed.
The Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront Community Redevelopment Agency is composed of City Council members, who make decisions on which programs and projects to fund, based on the adopted CRA plan.
To review projects and programs and make recommendations, the Redevelopment Agency has appointed members to the Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront CRA Advisory Committee.
The Melbourne City Council serves as the Community Redevelopment Agency for all three Community Redevelopment Agencies; therefore, the meeting schedule for the Community Redevelopment Agencies mirrors the City Council meeting schedule. Business pertaining to the Community Redevelopment Agencies may not appear on every City Council agenda.
Schedule of CRA public meetings.
Current priorities for CRA expenditures include Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Square lighting, partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation on crosswalk and landscape improvements on Eau Gallie Boulevard, and partnering with the Space Coast TPO on the Pineapple Avenue Complete Street project to provide crosswalks on Pineapple Avenue, based on an an adopted master plan.
Approved in May 2001, this document, as amended, sets forth the projects and programs the CRA can focus their financing efforts on.
- Resolution No. 1657 - Finding of necessity
- Ordinance No. 2001-23 - Adoption of original CRA plan and amendment to code
- Resolution No. 1939 - Finding of necessity for expansion area
Economic Incentive Programs and Grants
The Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront CRA is pleased to offer economic incentive programs and grants that are available to eligible properties within the limits of the CRA.
EGAD Main Street
The CRA provides an annual grant to help support EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District) Main Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic revitalization of the historic Eau Gallie area of Melbourne.
Historic and Architectural Review Board
Exterior changes to commercial buildings and signage in the CRA require prior approval from the Historic & Architectural Review Board, which is appointed by City Council. More information, including adopted design guidelines and application can be found on the Historic and Architectural Review Board page.
Outdoor Seating, Display and A-Frames
Businesses located in the Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront CRA may be permitted outdoor display, an A-frame sign, and outdoor seating if they meet eligibility requirements. For more information, please contact staff and refer to the following resources:
- On-Site Use Permit Application: For applications regarding outdoor display and seating on private property.
- Sidewalk Use Permit Application: For applications regarding outdoor display and seating in the public right-of-way/sidewalk.
- Historic and Architectural Review Board Application: A-frame signs in a permitted outdoor display area require a Certificate of Architectural Appropriateness from HARB.
- City Code related to Outdoor Display or Seating Areas: Refer to subsection (G)
Kelly Hyvonen, AICP, Planner
Direct: (321) 608-7511
Department: (321) 608-7500
900 E. Strawbridge Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Shannon Lewis, City Manager
900 E. Strawbridge Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Governing Body Contact Information
The Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront Community Redevelopment Area is governed by the Melbourne City Council..
General Financial Information
- The CRA fiscal year is October 1 – September 30.
- For CRA budget archives and amendments, see the City of Melbourne's budget page.
- Florida Department of Financial Services
- City of Melbourne Audit Reports