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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.

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  • DEADLINE: June 12, 2015 The Westgate WCRA is seeking a Project Manager with architectural background. Responsibilities include: Planning (Site plan reviews), Grant Management and Marketing.Knowledge and Experience: Degree in Architecture, Planning, or in similar professions, 5 years of experience and 2 years of supervisory experience. WCRA experience preferred.Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to Sharon Sheppard, Ssheppar@pbcgov.org up until June 12, 2015. Contact Sharon Sheppard via email or at 561-640-8181.
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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 2015 CRA Board Meeting dates, please click:  2015 CRA Board Meeting Dates.

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The 8th Annual Rooney’s 5K Run/Walk is coming Westgate !!! Register early for the discounted rate. See below for details.

Download Race Registration Brochure: 8th Annual Rooney’s 5K Run/Walk Registration Brochure

OR online registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/WestPalmBeach/Rooneys5K

Sponsorship opportunities: 8th Annual Rooney’s 5K Run/Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

Join us for the 2015 Celebrate Westgate after the 5K Run/Walk on April 11, 2015, 11 A.M. – 3:oo P.M., at the Westgate Community Center, 3691 Oswego Avenue, WPB.