September 29, 2023

Wildwood commissioners on Wednesday permitted a $6.6-million contract to construct a Primary Avenue parking storage, thought-about a linchpin to downtown enhancements.

Development might start subsequent March with completion by October 2024 beneath the design-build contract with Finfrock of Apopka.

The 126-space, three-story concrete parking storage will likely be constructed on city-owned property throughout U.S. 301 from Metropolis Corridor. It would function two stairways and an elevator.

This can be a rendering of the parking storage deliberate for downtown Wildwood.

Finfrock’s tasks embody workplace buildings, scholar housing and lodges. The corporate, which produces its personal precast concrete, will present architectural, structural engineering and normal contracting providers for the Wildwood storage.

“It’s going to be fairly a change,” stated Mayor Ed Wolf. “As public officers, we’re hesitant to make these massive adjustments.”

Commissioner Joe Elliott stated he’s happy that the downtown enhancements will protect a few of Wildwood’s historical past.

Downtown redevelopment additionally is anticipated to incorporate an 8,000-square-foot industrial space named the Railyard, which can have leased areas and an open exterior space.

Metropolis Supervisor Jason McHugh is negotiating the acquisition of the previous Martin Theater, 206 N. Primary St., now a Christian workshop heart, which might present a efficiency venue.

Adjustments even have been proposed to scale back visitors on U.S. 301 and make it simpler for pedestrians to cross the road. Plans embody heart median strips, eradicating truck visitors and ultimately constructing a bypass.