The mission of the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is to positively impact the quality of life of the residents in the three distinct Community Redevelopment Areas. The three areas are: Central Beach, Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights and Central City. The Community Redevelopment Areas established in 1989, 1995, and 2012, respectively, are charged with the prevention and elimination of slums and blight within these three areas.
The overall goal of the CRA is to eliminate slum and blight in our targeted redevelopment areas through the implementation of each area’s community redevelopment plan; foster dynamic and vibrant commercial and residential environments and expand economic opportunities in our community. When possible, it is the CRA’s responsibility to leverage resources by partnering with outside organizations whose activities contribute to the overarching mission and goals of the CRA.
To effect positive redevelopment, the CRA:
- Orchestrates orderly and progressive business development initiatives
- Encourages the production of affordable housing
- Invests in critical public improvements
- Provide community building activities such as but not limited to events, meetings and seminars for the advancement of business and economic development
The CRA’s operations are governed by Chapter 163, Part 3, Florida Statue. Although the CRA is a separate legal entity, the City Commission serves as its Board of Commissioners ("Board"). The Mayor serves as the chair of the Board, the City Manager as the CRA's Executive Director, and the City Attorney serves as the CRA's General Counsel.
Florida Statute Chapter 163 and each area’s Community Redevelopment Plan outline procedures to determine what development, reconstruction, and rehabilitation are needed and desirable. They also define the financial tools, legal authority, and citizen participation necessary to successfully implement adopted redevelopment plans.
CRA Board of Commissioners
- Chair, Dean J. Trantalis
- Executive Director, Chris Lagerbloom, ICMA-CM
- General Counsel, Alain Boileau
- Steven Glassman
- Robert L. McKinzie
- Heather Moraitis
- Ben Sorensen
CRA programs and initiatives are funded by property tax increment. Property tax increment is generated when property values increase within a community redevelopment area. The CRA invests the tax increment revenues in a myriad of programs and projects based upon the goals and objectives of each community redevelopment plan. These programs and projects include business attraction/retention, affordable housing, infrastructure development, community facilities and other endeavors that promote an improved and safer neighborhood environment and restoration of community pride.
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