Delray Beach CRA Celebrates 30 Years of Leadership and Landmark Change


The City of Delray Beach, with its picturesque moniker ‘Village By the Sea,’ has gone through a dramatic economic and cultural renaissance over the past 30 years. Established in 1985 by the City Commission, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has proven that collaboration and inclusive partnerships can stimulate positive change and improved quality of life for its stakeholders. Today Delray Beach is a thriving urban center with quality places to live and ample entrepreneurial opportunities. The 30th Anniversary marks a significant milestone of strategic planning and active leadership in community building resulting in a more sustainable downtown. In these past three decades, the CRA has worked to advance meaningful redevelopment projects that help businesses and the local economy, while also preserving the unique character of individual neighborhoods. The CRA District covers approximately 2,000 acres east of I-95 primarily, and consists of the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods and business districts. The CRA district has become a vibrant cultural arts and coastal tourist destination, attracting many diverse businesses and visitors. Committed to business retention and recruitment, the CRA has created a progressive incentive package to attract new talents while promoting existing businesses. Major CRA milestones of the last three decades include the infrastructure improvements along East and West Atlantic Avenue, creation of Pineapple Grove Arts District, beautification of the historic 5th Avenue and other significant corridors such as Federal Highway, and enhancements within the Osceola Park, Seacrest/Del Ida, and Southwest neighborhoods. In addition to these projects, the CRA is responsible for the creation of innovative economic development strategies, development of the Delray Beach Community Land Trust and funding of other affordable housing initiatives, support of vital Arts and Cultural institutions such as the Delray Center for the Arts, Delray Library, and Spady Museum, and much more. The goals of the past 30 years still resonate and inspire collective efforts, and continuing to make Delray Beach a quality place to live, work, and play. The CRA will be kicking off its 30th Anniversary celebration with a proclamation by City Commission on June 2, 2015, 6 pm, at City Hall. The CRA will also be participating in other events throughout the year such as the Delray Meets Delray on June 17, 2015, 6 pm, at the Old School Square Gym, the Fire Station Headquarters Groundbreaking, and the Pineapple Grove North Entrance Feature Ribbon Cutting, which will be held in the next few months. “Delray Beach, through the extraordinary vision its leaders have had throughout the years, has become a model city that many have tried to emulate,” said Herman J. Stevens, Jr., Chairman, Delray Beach CRA Board of Commissioners. “We could not be more proud of the incredible achievements we, as a community, have accomplished over the past 30 years, and we are excited to begin the next chapter in this ever evolving city.” To learn more about other CRA projects and initiatives, visit the CRA website at or call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640.