Delray CRA moves 1930s home to its headquarters

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Staff report

Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency has a new office that is rooted in history.

Recently, the agency worked to save a historically significant home that was slated to be demolished by moving it to its office site.

The home was located at 215 NE Seventh Ave. and was sold by the homeowners to a development company. The agency purchased the home from the company, Azure Development.

The single-family home was constructed in the late 1930s and was designed by the first registered architect in Delray Beach, Samuel Ogren Sr.. He is known as the “Father of Delray Beach Architecture.” He designed more than 250 homes and buildings in the city between 1924 and 1950 including the Sandoway House, Old School Square Gymnasium, Arcade Building and many villas in the Marina District.

The home began its big move at 7 a.m. and took nearly all day to get to its new location, just behind the current CRA office at 20 Swinton Ave.

“It’s not every day that you move a house,” CRA executive director Renee Jadusingh said. “But as the CRA, historical preservation is a big part of our mission, it’s exciting.”

The addition of the home also provides much needed office space to the agency, which outgrew its current space many years ago. The agency had been considering renovating its current home-office space to accommodate the growth. Now, the agency has the space it needs without a costly expansion budget.

Since the home is now located within the Old School Square Historic District, the CRA will apply for local historic designation.