Redefining Palm Bay: The Astonishing Vision of Ashton Park
A Glimpse into the Future of Our City with the $2.5 Billion Project
In the fast-growing community of Palm Bay on Florida's Space Coast, an ambitious project is taking shape. An Orlando-based developer, Lake Mary-based Dix Developments LLC, has set its sights on a 1,400-acre site on Micco Road in southeast Brevard County, intending to bring a new vision of community life to the region1.
The $2.5 billion venture, named Ashton Park, aims to transform the area into a mixed-use destination, with approximately 3,700 single-family homes, 800 apartments, and 6 million square feet of commercial/flex space. Among these plans, 1.4 million square feet is set aside for a 49-acre downtown district, providing a bustling hub for residents and businesses alike1.
The project is more than a colossal investment; it represents a surge of opportunities for contractors, vendors, and construction workers. Moreover, the town center component is expected to host various businesses, creating job opportunities and enhancing the local economy. With thousands of new homes, Ashton Park will become a significant addition to the inventory in the rapidly expanding Space Coast corridor1.
Ashton Park carries not just economic promise, but also emotional resonance. It's named in memory of Ashton Langford Jane, who was tragically killed in an accident in 2022. The project is under the careful guidance of CEO James Dicks and local land expert Brian Dalrymple, the uncle of Ashton1.
The Space Coast, known for launching rockets, testing missiles, and housing significant archaeological discoveries, is now poised to witness a different kind of development—one rooted in community building and sustainable living2. The project aspires to construct pedestrian-friendly communities, with permits for the project anticipated by next summer. The development team is also actively seeking qualified partners for various components of the project, including two multifamily sites1.
Dix Developments is collaborating with Jake Wise from the Melbourne-based Construction Engineering Group for land planning and engineering services. The area along Micco Road, which enjoys seamless connectivity to Interstate 95, is primed for robust growth and is considered the hotbed of action1.
Ashton Park may also include a Brevard County K-8 school and an equestrian component. A few acres are set aside for the latter, as the northwest area of the project site abuts the 2,600-acre Grant Flatwoods Sanctuary, a haven for horseback riding and more1.
The incoming population of Brevard County is primarily made up of high-income earners, creating a demand for more neighborhood services, housing, and medical uses. The community is not just selling the future; it is already here, setting the stage for the development of Ashton Park1.
In the heart of Florida's Space Coast, the project aims to become a beacon of growth and development, paying homage to the past while looking forward to a vibrant, prosperous future. With its rich blend of homes, commercial spaces, and community amenities, Ashton Park is poised to become a shining example of sustainable, community-focused development in one of Florida's fastest-growing regions.