A Tale of Two CRAs: How Community Redevelopment Agencies in Florida Implement Healthy Community Stra

When:  Dec 4, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Join us for a discussion of the CRA system in Florida and how it can be used to fund development of healthy communities. This webinar will focus on programs and development types that are traditionally outside of normal funding sources from sewer infrastructure and alternative storm water treatment, to new trends in public housing.

In 1985, Florida created a mechanism to support planning and funding community level projects that address specific resident needs on large and small scales. Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) take on projects that are too large or complicated for individual developers and set in motion infrastructure and programs that in turn encourage private investment. CRAs rely heavily on professional architects, planners, and engineers to implement their redevelopment programs.

We will look at how this approach has been used successfully in two very different communities: Westgate, a rural inland satellite of West Palm Beach (near the airport), and Delray Beach, a coastal turnaround destination superstar. The challenges in both of these locations was finding a funding mechanism that would allow for the new trends in design not currently supported by traditional government funding. These new technologies and new public housing types are on the leading edge of healthy community development. These new trends in development will be explored.


Earn 1 HSW


Learning objectives:

  1. understand the Community Redevelopment Agency and its supporting role in building healthy communities

  2. discuss how traditional funding methods are encouraging out dated models in public housing

  3. discuss CRA's roles in eliminating blight and the effect on the health of the surrounding community

  4. describe new trends in public housing development and the challenges it presents



Choli Aronson, AIA, LEED AP BD&C  | Overcash Demmitt Architects

Choli Aronson, AIA, LEED AP BD&C has recently joined Overcash Demmitt Architects as a Senior Project Manager. For the last twelve years Choli has worked in Delray Beach, Florida, designing a variety of projects including: government buildings, urban redevelopment projects, multi-family housing, and uniquely designed parking structures. Passionate about community service, she served over 8 years as a Commissioner for the Delray Beach Housing Authority whose mission is to bring affordable housing to the South Florida.

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