Spring Hill CRA
The purpose of the Spring Hill CRA is to work jointly with the City of DeLand, Volusia County and community members in the creation and execution of a redevelopment plan for the Spring Hill area in an effort to improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses in this historic and diverse community.
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 Spring Hill CRA Board consists of the three members of the DeLand City Commission, two members of the Volusia County Council and two citizen appointments (one from incorporated limits and one from unincorporated limits) who must be a resident of, the Spring Hill area. 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 DeLand City Commission meetings.
As the City of DeLand and Volusia County grow and experience the effects of revitalization, economic development and population growth, they have recognized the challenges and issues facing the Spring Hill community. This CRA is needed to serve as the catalyst for change and revitalization of a densely populated low income neighborhood. The Spring Hill Redevelopment Area consists of nearly 445 acres of and is located west of Woodland Blvd. in the greater DeLand area. Based on survey information from the 2010 census, the population of Spring Hill is 2,366. The poverty rate in Spring Hill is 37.4% compared to 11.6% in Volusia County. Poverty is a serious issue in the area with the median income nearly $14,000 less per year ($21,633 compared to the Volusia County median of $35,219) than the average Volusia County resident.
The City and County have taken steps to address the economic and social challenges facing the Spring Hill community through a range of planning activities that have resulted in the development of a variety of programs. The planning activities have included the creation of the Spring Hill Weed and Seed Neighborhood Redevelopment Action Plan. The resulting programs have included the establishment of the Community Resource Center on Adelle Avenue; affordable housing programs and home ownership assistance programs; the installation of sanitary sewer lines and other public infrastructure utilizing Community Development Block Grant funding; sanitary sewer connection assistance programs; and exterior building improvement grants. Great strides in some areas and incremental improvements in other areas have been made; however more can be