Welcome to the City of DeLand Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency. DeLand has one of the coolest downtown areas in Central Florida. We want you to get to know us and be informed about what the Downtown CRA is planning for the future.
Please browse the website and if you have any questions or suggestions, contact the CRA office at 386-626-7024.
WHAT IS A CRA
CRA stands for Community Redevelopment Agency. It is a public entity created by a city or county to implement community redevelopment activities. DeLand’s downtown CRA Board consists of the five members of the DeLand City Commission and two citizen appointments who must be a resident of, or be engaged in business within the Downtown Redevelopment District. The CRA is charged with undertaking redevelopment functions in the district. It is a decision making body. City staff works with the CRA Board to carry out the CRA plan and manages the tax increment fund. The Board meets on an as needed basis, generally before City Commission meetings.
BRIEF HISTORY AND CURRENT STATUS
The City of DeLand’s Downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) was created in 1984, and the first Community Redevelopment Plan was adopted in 1985. For over twenty-five years, the DeLand Community Redevelopment Agency has played an integral role in the revitalization of the downtown area and the surrounding community. The downtown area has faced many challenges similar to those in other areas of Florida and the nation. The vision of the downtown area was established by residents who attended workshops in the 1980’s and 90’s and determined a set of goals and priorities that have evolved over the years. The last full update of the redevelopment plan, adopted in 2005, provides a foundation for redevelopment and maintenance operations in the downtown area. Several amendments have been adopted since 2005.
Today, Downtown DeLand is an award winning MainStreet community
where we have learned to cherish that which is special about our past while embracing the 21st Century. Residents and businesses love to share the history and small town charm of their City and offer a yearlong schedule of programs and events that bring people together. Beautifully restored buildings hold an eclectic mix of high quality shops, restaurants and art galleries that line the downtown boulevard and intersecting streets. Workers associated with the operation of the County Seat contribute to the lively bustle. A variety of small parks, murals, and flowers on every corner make it a special place to spend an hour or a day.