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Community Redevelopment Agencies

CRA Logo - Revitalize Fort LauderdaleThe Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA) directs redevelopment activity targeted toward infrastructure improvements, assisting the private sector in property development and providing business incentives to redevelop blighted commercial properties.

Northwest CRA

A Caribbean-style, mixed-use development has been approved for Sistrunk Boulevard. The Midtown Oasis will be constructed on properties located at 740 NW 6th Street and 538 NW 8th Avenue. The building will feature balconies, covered parking and lush landscaping. Plans for the ground floor include a covered walkway with space for shops, restaurants and neighborhood businesses.

The Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights CRA is assisting the Westside Gazette with a major expansion. The building for Broward County’s oldest and largest African-American owned and operated newspaper will feature a new, 11,000 square foot facility to house the Black Urban Press Institute.

Beach CRA

Enjoying the Breathtaking Views of the Atlantic OceanA major plan to upgrade Fort Lauderdale Beach is underway. The goal of the plan is to beautify the beach, improve cleanliness, enhance safety for swimmers, upgrade City park areas and ensure that future development on the barrier island adequately addresses environmental protection and smart growth principles.

The City created a dramatic new entryway to our world-famous coastline. Phase One, recently completed, features new landscaping, wide sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting, decorative pavers, and new traffic signals along East Las Olas Boulevard from the Intracoastal to A1A. Phase Two will include more upgrades to surrounding streets.

The City’s award-winning beach wave wall has been completely overhauled, smoothed, shaped, and entirely repainted.

The City has erected five new, permanent lifeguard towers at North Beach, adding to the fifteen towers currently stationed along the three-mile beach extending from South Beach to Northeast 18th Street.

Lifeguard TowerA Beach Improvement District (BID) has been established on A1A from Holiday Drive to Sunrise Boulevard. Business owners in the BID are funding a variety of new services to make the beach area cleaner and more beautiful.

Medians along A1A corridor from South Beach to Sunrise Boulevard have been re-landscaped with coconut palms, silver buttonwood trees, green island ficus shrubs and colorful croton plants.

The City continues to study opportunities to enhance Fort Lauderdale Beach, including a proposal for a new Aquatic Complex. Plans call for new facilities for the International Swimming Hall of Fame, three competitive event pools with a retractable cover over a grandstand, a water park with slides and children's pools, a restaurant, an aquarium with a walk-through acrylic tunnel surrounded by water and marine life and a four-level parking garage with 262 spaces.