The Compound

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This article is about an area in Florida. For the young adult novel by S. A. Bodeen, see The Compound (book).
Palm Bay Fire
One of the roads inside the Compound.
Same road, but in the opposite direction.
Radio antenna undergoing testing in the compound
More radio testing

The Compound, also known as Street Patterns or The Grid, is an area in southwestern Palm Bay, Florida, similar to Flagler Estates. It is a largely undeveloped area of some 200 miles (320 km) of paved road. General Development Corporation began development of the area in the 1980s, but went bankrupt in 1991; afterwards, few residents ever moved in, and the streets fell into serious disrepair by the early 2000s.

Affected streets[edit]

  • Bombardier Boulevard: Now home to a facility for Bombardier Recreational Products, after which the road was renamed.
  • Gamrott Street
  • Olsen Street
  • Gatsin Street
  • Hammonton Street
  • Hanford Road
  • Gamewell Road
  • Gaspar Street
  • Heritage Street
  • Osmosis Drive: Paved as of late 2009, formally known as Emerson Drive.
  • Olean Street
  • Olsmar Street: Paved as of late 2009.
  • Galicia Street
  • Lachine Street
  • Ocarina Street
  • Friendly Street
  • Fitchburg Street: Paved as of late 2009.
  • Garder Road
  • Olin Road
  • Felton Street
  • Fredrick Street
  • Frazer Street
  • Labra Road
  • Haines Road
  • Franzing Road
  • La Fleur Street
  • Faulkner Street
  • St. Andre Boulevard: a proposed intersection of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway (formerly, Palm Bay Parkway) will utilize it.

Most areas have not since been repaved.


The Compound is located at 27°56′08″N 80°42′11″W / 27.93556°N 80.70306°W / 27.93556; -80.70306Coordinates: 27°56′08″N 80°42′11″W / 27.93556°N 80.70306°W / 27.93556; -80.70306. The area of The Compound is 12.2 square miles (32 km2). To the west is the St. Johns River and Three Forks Marsh. To the southeast is Deer Run. To the east is Bayside Lakes, and to the north is Palm Bay Regional Park. The average elevation is 10 feet (3.0 m) above sea level.


A section of Palm Bay is also home to the first city-run paintball park known as Hurricane Paintball Park. Discharge of a paintball gun is illegal within the city of Palm Bay, except at a municipal paintball field. In response to complaints of illegal paintball games within the compound, the Palm Bay City Council ordered the Palm Bay Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a city paintball park as a safe, legal and affordable place to play paintball within the city.

Initially constructed with city funds, materials donated by local businesses and volunteer labor provided by local paintball players, the park has suffered several closures due to management issues, allegations of wrongdoing by contractors and budget issues. The most recent of which was "Invincibles Paintball," a commercial paintball field operator that runs additional locations in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.

As of December 26, 2009, Fillion Paintball has been in charge of park operations.


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