Welcome to Westgate CRA website
The Westgate/Belvedere Homes Community Redevelopment Agency serves in a quasi-independent capacity to promote the economic development and redevelopment of the Westgate area of unincorporated Palm Beach County. The WCRA was created in May of 1989 by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners through the authority of Chapter 163, Part III, of the Florida Statutes.
NOTICE: THE WESTGATE/BELVEDERE HOMES CRA COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY RELIEF FORGIVABLE LOAN PROGRAM HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE WESTGATE CRA BOARD AND IS NOW AVAILABLE.
The Westgate CRA recognizes that small businesses have suffered financial loss and hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis and invites small businesses with less than 25 employees in the CRA district to apply for up to $10,000 in financial assistance in the form of a forgivable loan for eligible expenses associated with rent, payroll support, inventory purchases, utilities, expenses associated with technology upgrades to facilitate remote working, and/or expenses associated with the reconfiguration of interior spaces to accommodate a 6′ physical separation.
The application, guidelines, loan terms and conditions can be downloaded here: Westgate CRA COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Forgivable Loan Program (6-9-20)_application
Loan applicants are encouraged to speak with CRA staff prior to submitting an application to determine eligibility. Please contact Denise Pennell at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications are not considered submitted until all required documents are received.
CRA BOARD MEETINGS:
The next regular Westgate CRA Board meeting is scheduled for MONDAY, August 10, 2020 at 5:00pm. The Board meeting will be held virtually via the Zoom Meetings platform pursuant to the Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-69. There will be no opportunity to attend the meeting in person. Interested members of the public must contact the CRA’s offices at 561-640-8181 in advance to obtain the Zoom meeting ID.
Agents/Applicants: for information regarding procedures for submitting a development application for review by the CRA to obtain a letter of recommendation for your project please click on the “Events/Meetings” tab.
UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The Westgate CRA continues to closely monitor information updates from national, state and local sources regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Following Palm Beach County protocol, the CRA’s offices will remain open for regular business hours following CDC guidelines for social distancing and hand sanitizing. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL VISITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS PURSUANT TO PALM BEACH COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 2020-012. Please check this website frequently for updates as the response to the situation is subject to change.
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PALM BEACH COUNTY CARES FOR HOUSING MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY OPEN: The COVID-19 crisis forced Palm Beach County homeowners to confront immense challenges. The PBC CARES Mortgage Assistance Program provides assistance to income eligible households who are at least on-month delinquent in their first mortgage and escrow payments (PITI), late fees, attorney’s fees, condominium and homeowners’ association payments, special assessments, and other mortgage associated costs related to COVID-19. The $20 million Mortgage Assistance Program uses a portion of the County’s $261 million allocation from the federal CARES Act approved by Congress, with a maximum grant award of $10,000 or up to four-months mortgage payments, not to exceed $10,000, available to eligible households. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 14, 2020. Program information and instructions on how to apply may be found at http://discover.pbcgov.org/HES/Pages/PBC-Cares-Mortgage.aspx
Construction is complete at Oswego Oaks Neighborhood Park! The park is located on Oswego Avenue at Seminole Blvd. across from the Westgate Community Recreation Center. Utilizing 3 CRA-owned vacant parcels, the park will create public open space for community use and events, re-purpose vacant land to prevent illegal dumping and loitering, and initiate the L-2 Canal Greenway project as outlined in the CRA’s Community Redevelopment Plan by creating a feature linear park with links to other public uses. To fund the park, the CRA leveraged increment revenues by seeking grants from partner local and state sources including the Palm Beach County Sold Waste Authority (SWA) Blighted & Distressed Properties Grant program in 2017 and the Palm Beach County Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability annual CDBG allocations in 2018. Design services were provided by Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department. The park, originally anticipated to open in March 2020, will include an event pavilion and performance area, winding pathways, seating areas, a food truck zone, lighting, and improved landscaping to highlight the site’s trademark mature native oak trees.
Bridgeman Road Park: The Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department has completed construction on a pocket park on Bridgeman Rd. at Florida Mango Rd. in the Belvedere Heights neighborhood. The park includes a half basketball court, playground equipment, bench seating and shade trees, providing much needed children’s recreation space for families.
Both the Bridgeman Road Park and Oswego Oaks Park are closed to the public at this time pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders.
The Westgate CRA Annual Report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019 is in progress. The Annual Report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 may be viewed and downloaded by following this link: Westgate CRA 2018 Annual Report FINAL
WESTGATE CRA AMENDED COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Westgate CRA amended Community Redevelopment Plan was adopted by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on October 3, 2017 via Res. #R-2017-1522. The Plan, supporting documents, and maps may be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links below.
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
- Carmen Geraine, Bookkeeper
561.640.8181, ext. 106
- Mai Bui, Administrative Assistant
561.640.8181, ext. 101
Latest News & Press
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 view & download the 2019 CRA Board Meeting dates, please click here: 2019_Board_Meeting_Schedule
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Westgate Community Farm – Farm Manager Position
To view & download the advertisement for the Farm Manager position, please click here: Farm Manager Job Post
Westgate Community Redevelopment Area Zoning Overlay (WCRAO) Amendments
The CRA and planning consultants, PLACE Planning & Design, are hosting a meeting to gather public input on proposed amendments to the CRA’s Zoning Overlay within the County’s ULDC. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Westgate Recreation Center at 3691 Oswego Avenue. Please click on the link below to view the invitation flyer:
Click below to view the PPT presentation made to attendees of the May 8th public input meeting. Thank you to all participants.
Westgate Avenue Corridor Streetscape Plan
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.
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:
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!
New Project Developments
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.
Developers & Interested Parties
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.