Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
March 28, 2014
Historic Downtown Titusville FL
Downtown CRA Redevelopment Plan Updates
The Downtown CRA Redevelopment Plan Update was adopted in 1996. In 2008 and 2012 Redevelopment Plan Supplements were adopted. Since that date, several of the goals established in the Plan Supplement have been accomplished or modified, and the CRA has continued to establish new goals. In addition, the economic climate and available funding for CRA projects has changed dramatically during the period between 2008 and 2014.
Therefore, the CRA has directed staff to develop a supplemental plan update, which will be considered by the Community Redevelopment Agency during its meeting on April 8, 2014 beginning at 5:30pm. You are invited to attend the meeting to provide your comments.
The updates to the plan supplement include:
- Update to the list of CRA accomplishments;
- Update to the Capital Improvements Plan;
- Addition of community policing and historic preservation activities;
- Expansion of downtown facilities, such as public restrooms; and
- Addition of Garden Street and US 1 Highway Corridor Studies.
2014 REDEVELOPMENT PLAN SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT (19 page PDF)
Thank you for taking the time to review the plan. If you have any questions or comments that you wish to share with me, please contact me.
Planning and Growth Management Director
Planning and Growth Management
City of Titusville
PO Box 2806
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781-2806
The Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) was established in 1982 as a special district that is dedicated to the revitalization of our historic downtown. The CRA seeks to encourage "a vibrant mixed use district that celebrates and reflects ecological and space heritage and culture." The Community Redevelopment Act provides Florida cities with the ability to designate "community redevelopment areas." Through special funding tools, such as tax increment financing and grants, the CRA is able to complete special projects that include the development of recreation and open space and streetscape improvements. The CRA is also committed to assisting businesses and developers upgrade their buildings and design developments that capitalize on our historic assets.
What is Tax Increment Financing?
Tax increment financing provides most of the funding for the CRA. This special funding tool provides all increases in taxes within the CRA beyond the year the CRA was established into a redevelopment fund. The year the CRA was established is the "base year." Any increases in taxes beyond the base year are provided to the redevelopment fund. Therefore, as the property taxes increase due to redevelopment projects, the redevelopment also increases. Tax increment financing is not an additional tax to the property owner.
What else does the CRA entail?
The CRA has design guidelines for new development and rehabilitation. These guidelines regulate façade treatments, infrastructure, landscaping, and site design. All building improvements and site plans must be reviewed by the Community Development Department and all improvements over $50,000 must be approved by the Community Redevelopment Agency, which includes a public hearing. For more information regarding the guidelines, please contact Courtney Barker at (321) 383-5825 or Grace Galiano at 264-7883.
The CRA has completed numerous successful projects:
- Riverview Place Realignment
- Emma Parish Theater Street Lighting
- Washington Avenue Streetscape
- Historic Properties Survey/Placement of Commercial District on the National Register
- Space View Park
- Titusville Commons: Plaza and Parking
- Veteran's Memorial
- Waterfront Master Plan
- Space Walk of Fame
- Municipal Marina Rehabilitation
- Commercial Façade Grant Program
- Sand Point Park (ongoing)
- Marina Park (ongoing)
- Historic Walking Tour
- Stormwater Treatment Facility/Space Walk of Fame
- Historic District signage
US1 North and South Bound between Grace St. & Buffalo Rd. and from the Lagoon to the Rail Road Tracks
US 1 Corridor Streetscape Project
The US 1 Corridor Streetscape Plan is a wide-scale resurfacing and road enhancement project. The boundary of the project is between Garden Street to the north and Grace Street to the south. The project will adjust the horizontal alignment, calm traffic, provide greater pedestrian activity, shaded areas, on-street parking, includes entryway signage, wider sidewalks, landscaping and historic lighting.
The CRA has entered into a Local Funding Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide for a conceptual design of streetscape improvements for the US 1 Corridor, which includes Washington Avenue and Hopkins Avenue. The consulting firm of Wilson Miller is providing design and engineering services. The City has received a landscape grant from FDOT to provide irrigation and plant materials. The City is working within the FDOT timeline to coordinate the Streetscape Plan with the FDOT resurfacing project. Construction is expected to begin in August of 2009 and estimated at 1.7 million.
For more information please contact Karen Kersey, Public Information Coordinator, at (321) 690-2187 or Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org; or www.cflroads.com
Click on the fact sheet below to access the latest information provided by FDOT on this project:
Central Business District Zoning Regulations
Max Brewer Bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Five, in April began finalizing the design to replace the State Road 406 swing span bridge, also known as the A. Max Brewer Bridge, over the Indian River with a high level, fixed span bridge. This project also includes replacing the south relief bridge located west of the Max Brewer Bridge and building a 300-foot long fishing pier on the west bank under the north side of the bridge. You can click on the renderings of the bridge and the FDOT project link below:
Facade Improvement Program
The City of Titusville's Community Redevelopment Agency's Façade Improvement Grant Program allows for the use of Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) grant funds for eligible improvements to the exterior of commercial structures located within the boundaries of the City's Downtown Titusville Community Redevelopment Area. The intent of the program is to improve the aesthetics of the area by creating greater visual appeal, improve occupancy rates and generally revitalize the Downtown area.
An Application for a Commercial Facade Improvement Grant may be downloaded by clicking HERE
To view the Facade Grant Improvement Policy and Procedure Manual click here.
Downtown Master Plan (Visioning Plan)
The Downtown Master Plan (Visioning Plan) was completed in the Fall of 2005 by the Florida Center for Community Design and Research for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Board. The primary purpose of this effort was to develop a plan for coordinated growth in the Downtown CRA area through a series of strategic initiatives that can be realized over the next fifteen to twenty years. This plan identifies both private-sector and public-sector investments that are aimed at preserving the established qualities of the Downtown area and creating a vibrant mixed-use town center environment. The plan is also intended to identify a number of redevelopment opportunities that will enhance local market conditions for new commercial and residential development, and maximize the revitalization potential of the entire CRA area.
Downtown Master Plan (PDF)