The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency was one of 12 organizations throughout the state with redevelopment projects recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA). The awards are given to projects that exhibit the best practices in Florida redevelopment over the past year.
This year, the Delray Beach CRA received the award for “Outstanding Affordable Housing Project” for the renovation of Palm Manor Apartments, located in the first block of Southwest Ninth Avenue. The CRA originally acquired these 25 blighted apartments with the intent of demolishing them and adding the property to a larger redevelopment parcel. But, after recognizing the need for quality affordable rental housing, the agency proceeded with a complete interior and exterior renovation of the three building complex. The project was completed in two phases to avoid displacing residents, and cost approximately $1.1 million. “This project has had such a positive impact on the community,” said CRA Executive DirectorDiane Colonna. “The area looks much better, and the residents in the neighborhood feel good about the improvements they see. It’s nice to have the FRA recognize these achievements, as well.” For more information about the FRA and its annual awards program, contact Erin Schmidt at (850) 386-9100 or visit www.redevelopment.net.