The Downtown Core (Downtown CRA
The Downtown CRA has a number of partners to assist in implementation of its redevelopment strategies. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) gets a significant portion of its annual operating budget from the Downtown CRA and it assists the Agency by creating effective marketing programs for economic development and the maintenance of certain key streetscapes, among other things. The Downtown CRA also provides funding to provide incentives to attract business to the CRA's downtown core through the City's Economic Development fund.
The Waterfront and City Commons area embarked on a major transformation with the demolition of the old Library and the creation of a new City governmental complex on Clematis Street. The redevelopment of a high quality string of waterfront parks and assets is being developed, funded by a coalition including the CRA, DDA and the City Parks and Recreation Department. A shade covered promenade, three new public docks, water gardens, arcades, a floating walkway, piers, a lake pavilion, an amphitheater and a beach will be designed to create a harmonious experience for residents and visitors to the Downtown Core.
The new City Center includes a state-of-the-art library, City Hall, Photographic Centre and plenty of on-site parking. Dining and nightlife options add to the downtown experience earning Clematis Street a 2014 award as one of America's Ten Best Streets.
Major CRA initiatives include the redevelopment of the old City Hall/Helen Wilkes site and the aging Banyan Street Garage and the infrastructure work to support the All Aboard Florida train station on Quadrille.