Westgate Belvedere Homes CRA Regular Board Meetings:
Our next CRA Board meeting is scheduled for MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017 AT 5PM.
The proposed 2017 Westgate CRA amended Community Redevelopment Plan is scheduled for adoption on August 15, 2017 by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. The Plan, supporting documents, and maps may be viewed and downloaded by following these links:
The Westgate Belvedere Homes CRA 2016 Annual Report can be viewed here:
The Westgate Belvedere Homes CRA is hosting a two-part Community Design Charrette to gather input from residents, property and business owners on the development of a conceptual streetscape plan for a renewed Westgate Avenue Corridor. Part I of the charrette will focus on brainstorming and design and will take place on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 form 6-8pm. Part II of the charrette will present conceptual plans and will take place on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 from 6-8pm. Both charrette sessions will be held at the Westgate Recreation Center located at 3691 Oswego Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. For more information please call us at 561-640-8181 or click on the link below:
Part I of the Community Design Charrette was a success! Thank you to all who participated!
(photo credit: Chad Riddle, WGI)
Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks has launched “The Gate” Mango Cider! This unique cider was created in small batches with mangoes from the CRA’s community garden so quantities are limited. We are so pleased to be part of this collaboration. Accomplice is located at:
1027 N. Florida Mango Rd. #4
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
How a CRA works…
The creation of the CRA will not facilitate economic growth on its own, but when implemented, offers the area a viable alternative to depending on federal, state, and local dollars alone for community improvements.
The creation of a CRA does not require tax increases to the property owners of the redevelopment area. Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows the CRA to fund itself. TIF works as follows: The year a CRA is created is called the base year. The amount of tax money that goes to the County in each subsequent year will remain the same as in the base year for as long as the CRA is in existence. Normal appreciation of the property and any new growth within the redevelopment area causes an expansion of the tax base, and this incremental increase goes into a trust fund that finances the CRA’s activities. In addition to the TIF revenue, the CRA applies for various grants, but our annual TIF revenue is necessary to pay the bond payments in future years.
Contact CRA office staff:
- Elizee Michel, Executive Director
561.640.8181, ext. 102
- Denise Pennell, Senior Planner/Project Manager
561.640.8181, ext. 105
- Sharon Sheppard, Redevelopment Specialist
561.640.8181, ext. 106
- Mai Newton, Administrative Assistant
561.640.8181, ext. 101