The Compound

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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; afterward, 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
  • Emerson Drive: Paved, and renamed Osmosis Drive as of late 2009.
  • 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: Paved as of 2016 for use in the recent St. Johns Heritage Parkway extension.

Most roads in the area have not since been repaved.

Geography[edit]

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.

Paintball[edit]

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.

Off-Road Sports[edit]

The compound is also used by off-road sports enthusiasts. There are sections of the area that have dirt trails that have been formed from repeated use. The sand tends to be sugar sand and very soft in spots, making it challenging at times. Riding dirt bikes and ATVs off road here is probably illegal and would be considered trespassing, but as long as the riders refrain from becoming nuisances, they are tolerated. The police have cracked down on off-road use after several events resulting in the death of riders. The northern edge of the property is particularly appealing to dirt bikers and ATV riders because there are some large man-made hills there, but this is private property owned by Bombardier Industries.

Remote Control Airplane Operations[edit]

RC Airplane enthusiasts frequently use the stretch of Sapodilla Rd SW by Wishbone Ave SW.

Tough Mudder[edit]

The Compound has played host to two annual Tough Mudder events in 2015, and 2016 respectively. Both events generated large amounts of revenue for both Palm Bay and surrounding areas that hosted competitors. As of 2017, it unknown whether the site will host future Tough Mudder events.

Future Use[edit]

The St. Johns Heritage Parkway will pass through this portion of Palm Bay as a part of the future connection to the currently under construction Interstate 95 interchange just north of Micco Rd., construction of this section of the parkway is tentatively set to begin in the early 2020s.

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