West Palm Beach Redevelopment Projects Win State Award


West Palm Beach, Fla. The West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) received two awards out of 12 throughout the state 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.  The winners were honored during the 2011 Annual Conference awards dinner held on October 20 at the Hilton Orlando.

This year, the West Palm Beach CRA has earned the award in the category “Out of the Box” for its project Pleasant City: A Community Inspired, a grassroots effort to empower a neighborhood, by creating relationships, partnerships and programs designed for the specific needs of the Pleasant City Community.  They also walked away with the award in the category Cultural Enhancement for their work with the Cuillo Theatre which stood vacant and abandoned for almost a year before the West Palm Beach CRA purchased the property after negotiating a lease with option to purchase agreement with a local theater company that was looking to expand to a larger facility.  The project will bring a much needed cultural attraction to the downtown.

“Winning one award is fantastic, but to be recognized for two outstanding projects is simply an honor and one that we are extremely excited about.” said CRA Chair and City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.   “We are proud of the progress we make every year and look forward to another year of innovative projects that enhance our community.”

The FRA awards committee carefully selects the winners from over 60 entries.  All of the entries embody the spirit of successful community redevelopment and revitalization. “Through a lot of hard work, successful partnerships and local support, these projects are completed and have helped to rebuild that community in some way,” said Kurt Easton, FRA president.

For more information about the West Palm Beach CRA or any of their projects, contact Kate Volman at (561) 822-1551 or visit www.wpbcra.com.