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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
561-568-7242
www.accomplicebrewery.com

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:

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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 2016 CRA Board Meeting dates, please click: 2016 CRA Board Meeting Dates 

LATEST NEWS:

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!

We Appreciate Your Participation!

The CRA hosted a community forum in December 2015 at the Westgate Community Center to discuss upcoming amendments to the Westgate CRA Redevelopment Plan. Thank you to those residents, business and property owners who joined us on a rainy evening to share your thoughts about the strengths and challenges of the Westgate neighborhood. The input and insight we gathered will inform how we outline the best strategies for sustainable redevelopment and economic growth in the Westgate area. A summary of community input and interviews with Staff and the CRA Board can be downloaded via the link below.

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 drafting the updated Redevelopment Plan for approval by the CRA Board in the coming months and adoption by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in late summer of this year.

It is not too late to participate! We welcome any comments or suggestions you have about how we can improve our community. A brief questionnaire can be downloaded via the link below. The completed questionnaire can be emailed to mnewton@pbcgov.org, faxed to 561-640-8180, or mailed to our offices at 1280 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

Download the 2015 Community Forum flyer: 2015 Westgate CRA Community Forum – save the date flyer5

Download the 2015 Community Forum questionnaire: Community Forum questionnaire

Download the 2015 Community Forum summary of community input, Staff & CRA Board interviews: Input Summary

The 9th Annual Rooney’s 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, March 26th in Westgate!!! See below for details…

Download Race Registration Brochure: 5K Reg 2016 flyer-website 5K Sponsorship 2016

OR online registration: https://register.racepartner.com/rooneys5K

Sponsorship opportunities: 5K Sponsorship 2016

 

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

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