Delray Beach CRA Wins Florida Redevelopment Association Award

Delray Beach CRA Wins Florida Redevelopment Association Award

15:36 27 October in Press Room, Press Room

Fairfield Inn & Suites is recognized for Best Creative Organizational Development and Funding

Jeff Costello, Kristyn Cox, Jim Dupre, Thuy Shutt, Reginald Cox & Gus Gianikas

Delray Beach, Fla. (October 27, 2015) – The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) successful redevelopment of the Fairfield Inn & Suites site has won the Roy F. Kenzie award for Creative Organizational Development and Funding as part of the 2015 Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards Program. The awards showcase and celebrate the most innovative and effective redevelopment programs in the state, and the award was formally presented at the FRA Annual Conference on October 21-23 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel.

Projects are evaluated mainly on innovation, positive community impact, and larger applicability to other Florida projects. The Fairfield Inn & Suites’ successes include high support from the Delray Beach community, a 48% local employment rate for permanent job positions, and the development of an adjacent public parking lot and pocket park, completing the redevelopment of nearly the entire block and maximizing the impact of both projects.

“We could not be more proud of the incredible growth and expansion within the CRA district,” Jeff Costello, Executive Director of Delray Beach CRA, said. “It’s an honor to once again receive an award from the FRA and we look forward to using this project as a model for future redevelopment projects.”

The Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel is the first major private development project to be completed in the West Atlantic area of the CRA District in a decade. The hotel has already helped the city host the thousands of people that visit Delray Beach for large annual events, satisfying the demand for more affordable options to the pricey accommodations already available.

To learn more about other CRA projects and initiatives, visit the CRA website at or call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640. For more information on the Florida Redevelopment Association, visit


Established by the City Commission in 1985 to guide the City in its redevelopment efforts, the mission of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is to revitalize the physical environment and economic vitality within the CRA district. The CRA’s activities are designed to solve the underlying problems of slum and blighted conditions through planning, redevelopment, historic preservation, economic development and affordable housing so that the tax base can be protected and enhanced by these mutually supportive activities.