Bomber work triggers 1,900-job Northrop expansion

The aerospace company is working on the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber

May.May 14, 2016 12:30 PM

Rendering of the development-stage Long Range Strike Bomber that will be made in Melbourne.

Aerospace company Northrop Grumman Corporation is set to expand its campus in Melbourne to make room for 1,900 new employees working on the design and manufacture of the Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber.

Florida Today also reported that Northrop’s expansion appears to be one of the largest economic development projects in the history of Florida’s Space Coast area.

The Melbourne City Council approved a revised site plan submitted by Northrop for construction of three buildings with offices and laboratories spanning almost 500,000 square feet, plus 4,566 parking spaces and a 90,000-square-foot amenities center for employees, with indoor and outdoor dining.

Endorsed by the city planning and zoning board on April 21, Northrop’s initial site plan included three buildings with a combined total of 545,111 square feet. The company subsequently excluded a 51,000-square-foot building from the plan.

The Northrop campus at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, located within two miles of downtown Melbourne, will cover 157 acres by the time the expansion is completed. [Florida Today] — Mike Seemuth

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