Innovative Redevelopment Projects Receive Awards From FRA

12 November 2019
Florida Redevelopment Association Awards highlight innovative and inspiring projects around the state.

FRA 2019 Awards BookThe Florida Redevelopment Association held its Awards Program in October 2019 to recognize the best in redevelopment in Florida. Three awards series recognize the projects and people involved in redevelopment throughout the state. Award winners demonstrate innovation and positive impact on their communities and inspire other Florida communities.

Learn more about the Florida Redevelopment Awards on their website here. The awards book highlights this year’s winners and all of the quality entries received.

Florida Community Loan Fund is a financing partner on two of this year’s FRA award winners: the West Village Art Lofts in Lake Worth, and the Collaboratory in Fort Myers. Below are project descriptions and photos from the awards book.


West Village Art Lofts
Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency won the award for Outstanding Housing Project: Small City.

West Village is a distinctive housing development in the arts and design district in Lake Worth Beach. Neighborhood Renaissance, a non-profit community-based organization, constructed the 8 live/work, artist housing project with financial assistance and land from the Lake Worth Beach CRA. The development also includes 2,000 square feet of commercial space, with two bays, that help activate the street and provide opportunities for local makers to open a small business.

Learn more about FCLF & West Village Art Lofts here.

FRA 2019 Awards, West Village Art Lofts


Collaboratory
Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency won the award for Outstanding Renovation, Rehabilitation, Reuse: Large City.

Collaboratory is the catalyst for revitalizing the midtown section of Fort Myers’ downtown redevelopment area. As southwest Florida’s first public sphere, Collaboratory is where people from different backgrounds, interests and areas of expertise come together to exchange ideas-whether meeting locally in person or virtually worldwide through the ultra-high-speed Florida Lambda Rail network. Partnering with SWFL Community Foundation and the city, the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency suggested transforming the former 1924 Atlantic Coast Line Railway depot into the cornerstone of Collaboratory’s campus, along with a modern addition and sustainable high-tech footprint, to propel midtown into the 21st century.

Learn more about FCLF & The Collaboratory here.

FRA 2019 Awards, SW Florida Collaboratory

Learn more about the Florida Redevelopment Association at www.redevelopment.net.

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BAND

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Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, financed the land for farmworker rental housing with FCLF.
Mathis Place Resident
Residents at Neighborhood Renaissance's Mathis Place enjoy affordable rent.
ASPIRA of Florida and FCLF
FCLF CEO and one of our supporters visit the ASPIRA Arts Deco school.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF and NMTC are creating a new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
Million Meals 2012
FCLF staff and supporters volunteer at Million Meals event.
FCLF and Florida Housing Coalition
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ASPIRA of Florida Aspirantes
ASPIRA of Florida offers education & mentoring with a focus on low-income and Latino students.
FCLF and Rep. Webster
Rep. Daniel Webster visited FCLF staff.
Northern Trust Roundtable
FCLF supporter, the Northern Trust Company, hosted a housing roundtable in Sarasota.
Armature Works
FCLF and the NMTC Program renovated a historic building into a small business incubaor.
DuPuis Pointe Miami
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Greater Heights Resident
FCLF Financing to Neighbor Up Brevard helps provide affordable rental housing.
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Haley Park Construction
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TD Bank Charitable Foundation
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Metro Min Grand Opening
FCLF staff with local supporters at Metropolitan Ministries Tampa.
RCRI Conference 2012
The RCRI Conference allows FCLF staff to touch base with our religious supporters.
TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank
TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have supported FCLF's mission since 2006.
Valley Bank
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Neighbor Up, Affordable Housing
Neighbor Up, formerly BNDC, offers affordable housing in Brevard County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
FCLF staff and US Legislative staff at an event honoring Youth of the Year.
Emma Jewel Charter Academy
Nutritious snacks are a part of the healthy focused curriculum at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
Emma Jewel Academy and FCLF
Emma Jewel Charter Academy offers education for the whole child in Brevard County.
Housing Programs, Inc.
FCLF financing to Housing Programs, Inc. helps provide affordable homes for ownership.
MTZ Carver Construction
FCLF projects create jobs and stimulate development in low-income communities.
BNDC Greater Heights
Greater Heights offers new, safe, affordable rental homes in what was formerly a high crime area.
FLACDC Conference
FCLF Staff meet and greet friends at an FLACDC event.
Casa San Juan Bosco and FCLF
New rental homes are available for farmworker families at Casa San Juan Bosco.
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF staff are active at statewide conferences and events.
Axiom Bank
Support from Axiom Bank helps FCLF build strong communities.
KIPP Jacksonville
Rep. Ander Crenshaw visited KIPP Jacksonville School
FCLF at Florida Housing Conference
FCLF Staff are on hand at conferences and events to discuss our programs.
duPont Fund and FCLF
The duPont Fund used FCLF and NMTC Financing to revitalize downtown Jacksonville.
Neighbor Up and FCLF
FCLF Chief Lending Officer visits with the Executive Director of Neighbor Up (formerly BNDC)
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