24 Oct CRA Named Winner of President’s Award in the 2017 FRA Awards
We are proud to announce that our project, Overtown Plaza, is the 2017 winner of the President’s Award in the annual Florida Redevelopment Association Awards. We are incredibly grateful for this honor, and appreciate everyone whose dedication and hard work made this possible.
Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness – including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions. A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners.
The Overtown Plaza is the oldest and largest shopping center in the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA area. Over the years, the shopping center had become rundown and sorely in need of a facelift. In an effort to attract more businesses to the area, it underwent a $2.2 million renovation financed by the CRA. The improvements included exterior and interior renovations to house a large scale grocery store. This was significant given the absence of a large grocer in the area. The renovations have led to an increase in small businesses, job opportunities and the opening of a new grocery store in the redevelopment area.
FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida.