Staff will present a summary of activities and accomplishments within the Community Redevelopment Area in 2016.
1.1. In accordance with Section 163.356 (3)(c) of the Florida Statutes, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is required to provide an Annual Report of activities to City Council for the preceding calendar year.
2.1. During the 2016 calendar year, the following activities were completed in the Community Redevelopment Area:
2.1.1. Following a successful launch in 2012, interest in the CRA Economic Incentive Grant Programs has continued to grow through 2016. These programs have been successful in promoting the advancement of three (3) CRA goals: (1) direct removal of blight through the Nuisance Abatement Program, (2) removal of development barriers by eliminating City development fees through the Development Assistance Program, and (3) more noticeable improvements in the appearance of property through the Streetscape and Façade Grant Programs. The success of each program accounted for a total of $327K in approved grant funding in 2016. In return, the associated approved projects will account for approximately $2.3M in private investment within the CRA.
220.127.116.11. Matching Façade Grant Program - A total of $137K in funding was approved.
18.104.22.168. Development Assistance Grant Program - A total of $43K in funding was approved.
22.214.171.124. Nuisance Abatement Grant Program - No funding was approved.
126.96.36.199. Matching Streetscape Grant Program - A total of $147K in funding was approved.
2.1.2. Landing Master Plan
188.8.131.52. On September 23, 2014, City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a task order to complete the Landing Master Plan.
184.108.40.206. On April 28, 2015, City Council approved the Landing Master Plan and associated ten (10) year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP).
220.127.116.11. The project is divided into three (3) phases consisting of waterfront improvements, general park improvements, and street frontage improvements. Each phase can be a stand-alone project.
18.104.22.168.1. Proposed improvements include: boardwalk improvements, band shell, splash pad, parking lot reconfiguration, pedestrian furniture, site grading to the current “bowl” area and a new retaining wall/stairs, shade trellis, and other site improvements.
22.214.171.124. Design services & permitting preparation continued through 2016 with continued permitting & construction expected in 2017.
126.96.36.199. The total estimated cost for the design and construction is $3,017,000 and is eligible for the use of CRA funds.
2.1.3. Venture Hive
188.8.131.52. On January 27, 2015, the CRA Board recommended to City Council approval to allocate up to $500,000 in the FY 2014-15 budget from CRA fund balance to assist in starting up a Venture Hive within the CRA district.
184.108.40.206. On April 28, 2015, City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Venture Hive for the use of City-owned property at 139 Brooks Street SE.
220.127.116.11. Venture Hive includes pre-accelerator and accelerator programs for U.S. military veteran entrepreneurs.
18.104.22.168. The program continued during calendar year 2016.
2.1.4. CRA Grounds Maintenance Contract
22.214.171.124. On September 23, 2014, City Council awarded a bid to Edwards Landscape Management for CRA grounds maintenance within the CRA District.
126.96.36.199. The contract was for a period of one (1) year, with four (4) additional one year options.
188.8.131.52. Increased activity and events Downtown highlighted the need for improvements in maintenance operations.
184.108.40.206. On September 15, 2015, City Council approved an amendment to the CRA grounds maintenance contract to include additional services in the Downtown area.
220.127.116.11. On July 31, 2015, the contract was renewed through September 30, 2016.
18.104.22.168. On October 9, 2016, the contract was renewed through September 30, 2017.
2.1.5. Promotional Contributions
22.214.171.124. During 2016, the CRA contributed $57K towards promoting events and organizations within the CRA. These include Concerts at the Landing, Fourth of July Celebration, New Year’s at the Landing, Latin Salsa Festival, Farmer’s Market, Billy Bowlegs Festival, May Day Celebration, Chester Pruitt Youth Day, Thrive Music Fest, Military Appreciation Day, Craftathon Beer Festival, Movies at the Landing, Pirate Walk, BBQ Festival, Zombie Walk, Jogging for Joy 5K, and Holiday Event.
2.2. Summary of CRA Projects
2.2.1. Public Parking Lot - 234 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
126.96.36.199. On February 10, 2015, City Council authorized the Mayor to execute a lease agreement for a proposed public parking lot around an existing private commercial business.
188.8.131.52. Lease agreement is for a term of fifteen (15) years to commence upon execution of the lease. The City will have the option to continue the lease for ten, one-year periods.
184.108.40.206. Improvements include a parking lot, sidewalk and streetscape improvements.
220.127.116.11. On January 26, 2016, City Council authorized the award of parking lot improvements at 234 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in the amount of $205,090.50.
18.104.22.168. Project was completed, and a ribbon cutting was held in September 2016.
2.2.2. Public Parking Lot - 240 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
22.214.171.124. On September 15, 2015, City Council approved the purchase of this property for the development of public parking.
126.96.36.199. On October 27, 2015, City Council approved a motion to award the bid to demolish the existing building and parking area for future development of the public parking lot.
188.8.131.52. On October 27, 2015, City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a Task Order to complete the design, bidding and construction management services for the public parking lot.
184.108.40.206. Project was completed, and a ribbon cutting was held in September 2016.
2.2.3. Public Parking Lot - 206 Florida Place SE
220.127.116.11. On September 15, 2015, City Council approved the purchase of this property for the development of public parking.
18.104.22.168. On October 27, 2015, City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a Task Order to complete the design, bidding and construction management services for the public parking lot.
22.214.171.124. Due to existing site conditions which include a vacant grassy site, on-site public parking is currently available.
126.96.36.199. The existing entrance curb has been painted to indicate that public parking is available. Additional public notification signage is also in development.
188.8.131.52. Plans for a future permanent public parking area are in development.
3. FINANCIAL INFORMATION:
3.1. Detailed financial information and reporting will be available to City Council on March 28, 2016, in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
4.1. There is no Staff recommendation; this item is for information only.
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