Delray Beach CRA Wins Two State Awards For Redevelopment Efforts

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Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency brought home two awards during the Florida Redevelopment Association Awards.

The agency was recognized for its work on “Cultural Enhancements” with the Arts Warehouse  and its programming and for “Outstanding Housing Project” for the Courts at Village Square, Elderly housing.

As part of the FRA Annual Conference, CRA’s are encouraged to submit a program or redevelopment project that has impacted their district for the FRA Best Book Award. These awards recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals, communities, and professionals striving to make Florida a better place.

The CRA was recognized for the programming at the facility that has enhanced the cultural diversity of Delray Beach through the arts. A few highlights of programs/events that have taken place since the Arts Warehouse opened are: Artist in Resident Program, Affiliate Artist Program, First Friday Art Walk, Art Speak, Lunch|N|Art Food truck event, Art Lab Classes, and the First Makers Market in August.

In collaboration with the Delray Beach Housing Authority, an 84-unit low income senior residential complex was completed in 2018 creating affordable housing within the SW Neighborhood of the CRA District. Carver Estates, the only public housing development located within the CRA District, provided housing for low-income residents for two decades. In 2006, Hurricane Wilma damaged the buildings, requiring relocation of residents and demolishing the nine structures in 2007. The Delray Beach CRA provided construction gap funding in the amount of $2.7 million for the project, allowing the CRA to further its mission of creating affordable housing for residents with partnerships in the community.

In addition to winning the Florida Redevelopment Association Awards, Renée Jadusingh, Esq. was appointed to the FRA Board of Directors. She joined the Delray Beach CRA in 2018 as the Assistant Director. Alongside her work with the Delray Beach CRA, Renée is an Attorney Ad Litem for Dade Legal Aid’s Put Something Back Program providing pro bono legal representation to children in foster care.