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CRA BOARD MEETINGS:

Our next regular CRA Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm. 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Westgate CRA amended Community Redevelopment Plan was adopted by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on October 3, 2017.

The Plan, supporting documents, and maps may be viewed and downloaded by following these links: 

Westgate CRA Redevelopment Plan – Sections 1-5 FINAL

Westgate CRA Redevelopment Plan – Section 6 – Supporting Docs-Resolutions FINAL

Westgate CRA Redevelopment Plan – Section 6 – Maps 1 FINAL

Westgate CRA Redevelopment Plan – Section 6 – Maps 2 FINAL

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.

The Westgate Belvedere Homes CRA 2016 Annual Report can be viewed here:

Westgate CRA_2016 Annual Report 

Contact CRA office staff:

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Okeechobee Place

Okeechobee Plaza is the first redevelopment project to be completed under along the Okeechobee Boulevard corridor utilizing the form-based WCRA Overlay regulations. As a catalyst project for this portion of the corridor, its successful completion within a short period of time serves as a good example for what can be accomplished through focused and collaborative efforts by the owner/developer, Okee Property West LLC, the design team, County, and the CRA. The commercial project is located approximately 0.25 miles west of I-95 on the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard and consists of 16,200 square feet of commercial retail space within three buildings.

The site design supports a 2,000 square foot specialty restaurant with a drive-thru (Starbucks Coffee Company) at the western portion of the site, a 5,600 square foot retail building (AT&T) along the east property line, and a 8,600 square foot multi-tenant building is sited internally within the development.

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Westgate One Mixed-Use Development

The project will be on a 0.99 acre site located mid-block between Tallahassee and Wabasso Drives, on the south side of Westgate Avenue. The development will consist of a six-story mixed use building with 52 multi-family units, approximately 7,938 square feet of retail, 8,621 square feet of office, and a two-story parking structure located. Retail and office uses are proposed within the first two floors and the 52 multi-family (condominium) units are proposed on the 3rd thru 6th floors.


CRA Board Meetings  are typically held on the second Monday of each month, 5:00 P.M. , at 1280 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 215, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.   Intake deadline for Planning and Zoning items which require a CRA recommendation is two weeks prior to the scheduled Board meeting at 12:00 P.M. (noon).  A pre-application meeting with CRA staff is highly recommended prior to intake.

To download the 2017 CRA Board Meeting dates, please click: 2017_Board_Meeting_Schedule

 

LATEST NEWS:

Belvedere Heights Neighborhood Meeting

The CRA is hosting a meeting at the CRA offices on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6 to 8pm for residents of the Belvedere Heights neighborhood to discuss potential sidewalk, streetlight, pocket park and drainage improvements. Please click on the link below to view the invitation flyer:

Belvedere Heights neighborhood meeting 5-17-17 Invite Flyer

 

On April 19th and 26th, 2017, the Westgate Belvedere Homes CRA hosted 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 focused on brainstorming and design and Part II of the charrette presented conceptual plans.  Both charrette sessions were well attended and provided invaluable feedback on the creation of the plan.

Westgate Avenue Corridor Streetscape Study 6-15-2017

Charrette invite

Part I of the Community Design Charrette Thank you to all who participated!

(photo credit: Chad Riddle, WGI)

 

 

We Appreciate Your Participation!

The CRA hosted a community meeting on November 19, 2016 at the Westgate Recreation Center to present the working draft of the amended Westgate/Belvedere Homes CRA Redevelopment Plan. Thank you to the residents, business, and property owners who attended, as well as the PBC Sherriff’s Office, Code Enforcement, and Parks & Recreation.

The Redevelopment Plan guides the CRA’s efforts by identifying persistent issues within the community such as identity, access, infrastructure, beautification, safety and security, housing, property maintenance and rehabilitation; by creating action plans and programs that will stabilize and improve the community; and by implementing programs through land development regulations, private and public partnerships, and economic initiatives. We are hard at work finalizing the amended Redevelopment Plan for approval by the CRA Board and adoption by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in the spring of 2017.

The working draft and final draft of the Redevelopment Plan can be viewed under the Plans & Studies tab above.

CRA Staff’s presentation can be viewed by following the link below:

community-meeting-presentation_11-19-16

 

Clinics Can Help moves to Westgate Avenue

The CRA attended the grand opening of Clinics Can Help on July 12. Started in 2005, the organization provides gently used medical equipment to those who cannot afford to purchase what is needed or who are not covered under insurance. Clinics Can Help serves 1800 people in Palm Beach County annually and is the only organization of its kind in the State of Florida. Welcome!

 

Check out WCRA’s video on PBC.gov Channel 20 Special Edition

Westgate NSP2 Opening Brings Back Memories