Community Redevelopment Agency

About the CRA

Program Spotlight: Commercial Facade Matching Grants

Since January 2015, the CRA has awarded $79,000 to 17 businesses within the CRA District for facade improvements. These improvements have included exterior painting, new awnings, handicap ramps, new doors and windows and much more. In response to this investment, the taxable value of commercial properties located within the district grew by 5% last year. This is a full percentage point higher than the City of High Springs as a a whole and two percentage points higher than the Alachua County average.

Another way, we measure the success of the program is the vacancy rate of commercial properties within the District. In January 2015, the vacancy rate was 26%. Today, the vacancy rate is 10%.When our buildings look great, businesses want to come and stay! Just as importantly, so do the customers!

Our next commercial facade matching grants will be awarded on April 6, 2017. All applications are due by March 20, 2017. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please contact Amanda Rodriguez at 386-292-3921 or [email protected] for more information and to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What does the CRA do?

The Priest Theatre was a recipient of a façade grant form the CRA in 2013

The Priest Theatre was a recipient of a façade grant from the CRA in 2013

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public entity created by the City of High Springs in 1986 to implement the community redevelopment activities outlined under Chapter 163 and Chapter 189, Florida Statutes.  The CRA Board of Commissioners is composed of the elected city commissioners and two appointed citizens. Each year, the board elects a Chair and a Vice Chair.  In 2014, the board hired an executive director to manage the CRA. Currently, the Executive Director is Amanda Rodriguez.

The mission of the CRA is to bring about the economic revitalization of an established target area, to create a re-investment environment that attracts private investors into the area, to promote improvements within the redevelopment area through renovation and restoration of buildings, as well as to new construction. The mission is also to acquire the funding necessary to make the infrastructure improvements necessary to attract investment dollars and improve the assessed taxable value of district properties, and to assist the Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants in their efforts to market the downtown bMain Street High Springsusinesses.

The CRA has jurisdiction over an area known as the Community Redevelopment District. This District is located in the core of downtown High Springs. The CRA is funded through a mechanism known as tax increment financing (TIF). TIF is a unique tool available to the City of High Springs for redevelopment and the implementation of the adopted Plan.

Property values in the Community Redevelopment District are capped or frozen at the assessed value for a particular base year. The Base year is 1986 for the High Springs CRA. Thereafter, any tax revenues due to increases in value in excess of the base are dedicated to the redevelopment area. The generated revenue is known as TIF and the funds come from the citizens and businesses in the district through the taxes paid to Alachua County and the City of High Springs.

CRA Map

CRA Map

 

Tax increment financing was originally developed over 30 years as a method to meet the local match requirements of federal grant programs. With the reduction in federal funds available for local projects, tax increment financing is standing evermore on its own as a method to finance local redevelopment efforts.

Tax increment financing is used in the City of High Springs’ Community Redevelopment District to leverage the City’s redevelopment efforts and to assist in the implementation of the High Springs Main Street Program.

The CRA operates on an October 1 to September 30 Fiscal Year. The current budget and audit can be found using the link on the left-side of the page.

Upcoming Meetings

The CRA Board meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held at High Springs City Hall. Agendas are available on the City of High Springs website one week prior to the meeting. Meetings are also view-able online.

The meetings for the third fiscal quarter are April 6, May 4, and June 1. A Special Meeting will be held on April 13 at 6:00 pm.

 

Board Members

Linda Jones (Chair)
term expires 2019

Email: [email protected]

Byran Williams (Vice Chair)                                                                                                term expires 2018

Email: [email protected]

Jason Evans
term expires 2017

Email: [email protected]

Gloria James
term expires 2017

Email: [email protected]

Scott Jamison
term expires 2018

Email: [email protected]

 

 

High Springs Community Redevelopment Agency

Executive Director: Amanda Rodriguez

Mailing Address: 23718 W US HWY 27,  High Springs, FL 32643

Physical Address: 23760 NW 187th Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643

Phone: 386-454-1416 or 386-292-3921

Executive Director Email: [email protected]

Website: highsprings.us