The Evans Center

When Ross Evans opened his Palm Bay market on the corner of Randolph and Florida Streets (1965) he gave his community a safe, attractive place to buy healthy foods and sundry items, and a place of employment and economic viability.Evans Market was also an important community gathering spot. Elderly residents could easily walk to the store to pick up Mr Ross Evansfresh meat or a box of salt without the expense and hassle of finding transportation to stores farther away.  Mr. Evans even made sure that the children waiting at his store for the school bus had done their homework! After Mr. Evans passed away, his store deteriorated, eventually becoming a dilapidated structure that become a hangout for drug dealers.However, an exciting movement is currently underway: the boarded up, asbestos-ridden building has been demolished.  It will be replaced by a new, over 5,000 square foot Florida vernacular-style facility called Evans Center, currently nearing completion, and with an anticipated grand opening in fall 2018. The Evans Center site was purchased by Evans Center, Inc. from the City of Palm Bay in December 2016.  The site is located within an enterprise zone and a community redevelopment area.In addition to bringing much-needed services, Evans Center is a critical project for stabilizing this community and stimulating economic growth of the city’s Bayfront Community Redevelopment Area.