It is my honor and privilege to serve on the CRA Board of Commissioners for a second time. The second time around includes expanded responsibilities as Chairwoman which I view as an opportunity to bridge communication gaps and bring new voices to the discussion. I truly believe that the Delray Beach CRA is among the best CRA’s nationally. The Delray Beach CRA is strongly committed to principles that safeguard its position of thought leader and change agent. Among the CRA’s strengths is the dedication to leveraging stakeholder intellectual and emotional bandwidth necessary to encourage the development and maintenance of a city desired by today’s citizens; safeguarding a steadfast commitment to the elimination of slum and blight by fostering a diverse and all-encompassing community driven by principles and invigorated by the values that drive the organization; committing to operating ethically, developing safely and in an environmentally-sustainable manner; and leaving a legacy from which our younger citizens can launch innovation. The past year has been fruitful. As a team we have experienced many wins. We are especially proud of the completion of the Arts Warehouse. The 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse conversion to an art incubator is a catalyst for economic development and growth within the Pineapple Grove Arts District and the Community Redevelopment Area as a whole. The Block 8 & 20 Alleyway Improvements which includes better access for residents and businesses, enhanced connectivity throughout the city, and decreased parking in the road rights-of-way. The NW 12th Avenue/ MLK Jr. Drive Beautification Project involved the installation of drainage swales, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, and lighting for this two block area connecting Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to West Atlantic Avenue. The SE 2nd Street/Avenue Beautification & Osceola Business Area Revitalization Project included the addition of parking for area businesses which was accommodated through a combination of streetscape improvements, and adding a public parking lot.
The work done by our team was recognized by industry professionals and stakeholders. We were the proud recipient of the FRA Creative Partnership Award for the successful and highly anticipated completion the of Courtyards on 12th workforce housing project. The project comprising of six duplexes (12 units on S.W. 12th Avenue), provides the City of Delray Beach with a variety of permanent housing stock while building the capacity of its non-profit housing partner, the Delray Beach Community Land Trust (DBCLT), through a ground lease/management agreement. The future of the CRA is bright. However we recognize that there is still a significant amount of work to do. With the renewed focus on Northwest, Southwest and Osceola Park neighborhoods, we are guided by the fundamental principle that citizenship is good business. I hope you will take a moment to review this annual report. It is my desire that it will inspire you to join us in our quest to develop and lead with empathy the variety of cultures and our remarkable future leaders that make up this place we all call home.