Three Corners Master Concept
Second in importance to the recent sale of the Municipal Vero Beach Power Plant is the future use of the 38-acre waterfront parcel known as Three Corners located at the base of the 17th Street (Alma Lee Loy) bridge. The site is considered the most valuable city (publicly) owned waterfront property on Florida’s East Coast. The City selected the internationally renown architecture and planning design firm, DPZ CoDesign to conduct a community engagement process and develop a master concept plan for the site.
The master concept plan was prepared after an extensive community participation in the planning process for the site. The project began on November 19, 2019 with a presentation to City Council and the formation of the Three Corners Steering Committee to guide the planning process. For more than two months, DPZ and city staff performed community outreach through various forms of media and solicited ideas for the development of the site through speakupverobeach.com. The community outreach and solicitation of ideas culminated at a week long design charrette at the Vero Beach Community Center with the DPZ design team. DPZ prepared five scenarios for the potential development of the site, including mothballing the site, cultural and recreational use of the site, and maximum development of the site. Following the design charrette week, the Steering Committee met to review the proposed scenarios for the site.
The City of Vero Beach would like to thank everyone in the community that attended and participated in the planning process for the Three Corners.
- Master Concept Plan from the community charrette and recommended by the Steering Committee on June 16, 2020
- Three Corners Report, Vero Beach presented to City Council on July 21, 2020
- Post-Pandemic Design for the three corners presented to City Council on August 18, 2020
- Three Corners Vero Beach Report submitted by DPZ on October 13, 2020
The City of Vero Beach and the Three Corners Steering Committee continues to work on the planning for the site with a goal of adopting a Master Concept Plan.
The City is delighted share with you with the progress the Three Corners Steering Committee is making on its efforts to review the Master Concept Plan and the various post-pandemic plans prepared by Andres Duany (DPZ CoDesign) for the Three Corners’ site. On January 14, 2021, the Steering Committee met to review the various development scenarios proposed for the site and provided feedback to the City staff on the desired direction for a revised community plan for the site. The Committee’s detailed discussion of the various proposed elements and uses for the site resulted in recommendations for changes to the Master Concept Plan.
The Committee expressed a strong desire for the development of the site to remain accessible and available to the public, at the same time be a vibrant destination for the entire Vero Beach community. The minutes and video of the meeting are available on the City’s website - "Agendas & Minutes".
The City staff is working with DPZ CoDesign to revise the plans based on the Committee’s direction. In the meantime, please note the originally scheduled Steering Committee meetings for February are cancelled and will resume in March, once the new plans are available to be presented to the Steering Committee.
In addition, the City has begun conversations with interested developers and will continue those conversations until a RFQ is issued to identify qualified developers to work alongside the City to develop a feasible plan that brings to life the community’s vision for the Three Corners.
Next Meeting: March 2021 (Specific date will be announced)