The City of Tallahassee established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1998 to create a framework for the redevelopment and enhancement of selected areas of the central urban district.
The CRA is comprised of nine members, including the five City of Tallahassee Commissioners along with four of the seven Leon County Commissioners, selected by the Leon County Commission.
The City of Tallahassee has two distinct redevelopment areas, the Frenchtown/Southside Redevelopment Area, established in June 2000, and the Downtown Redevelopment Area, established in June 2004.
Each of the redevelopment areas have advisory boards that provide guidance on project plans to the CRA. Both advisory boards meet monthly, with the Frenchtown/Southside Citizen's Advisory Committee meeting on the second Monday of each month, and the Downtown Redevelopment Commission meeting on the second Tuesday of every month. While these two groups offer recommendations relating to each redevelopment area, it is the CRA Board that adopts redevelopment plans, budgets, and provides direction to staff. Community Redevelopment staff are housed within the City's Economic and Community Development Department on the first floor of the Renaissance Building, located at 435 North Macomb Street.
Projects and Funding
CRA projects must serve a public purpose and must address concerns raised in the adopted redevelopment plans for each area. Typical CRA projects include parking lots and garages, new buildings, new parks or parks improvements, streetscape improvements, and sidewalks. CRA projects are funded by "tax increment financing" which works as follows: the value of real property in a redevelopment area is determined on a fixed date; as the value of the real property appreciates, the tax revenue on the appreciated portion of the value (the increment) is set aside for CRA projects; the City and County continue to collect the tax revenue on the original real property value.
To obtain additional information on the CRA or either of our redevelopment areas, including maps, redevelopment plans, annual reports, and project and program details, please click on the relevant highlighted items on this or linked pages.
To speak with someone regarding the Community Redevelopment Agency contact Rick McCraw, Community Redevelopment Agency Manager by phone at 891-8352 or by fax at 891-8360.