Community Redevelopment Agency
On September 25, 1980, the City Council made the determination that a blighted area existed in the City, and that there was a need for a redevelopment agency to implement the revitalization of this blighted area. Therefore, Resolution 54-80 created the Pensacola Inner City Community Redevelopment Area and Resolution 65-81 reaffirmed it. Based on this determination, the City Council declared itself the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes. This action, adopted by Resolution No. 55-80 and amended by Resolution 22-10, also outlined the rights, powers, duties, privileges and immunities invested in the City Council acting as the CRA. The CRA as an agency exists until dissolved by action of the City Council. Downtown Pensacola's redevelopment efforts are guided by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Pensacola (CRA), that is comprised of the nine City Council members and a citizenry determined to revitalize the historic waterfront and inner city neighborhoods.
Within the Pensacola Inner City Community Redevelopment Area, there exist 3 Redevelopment Areas. The Urban Core Community Redevelopment Area created and funded by Ordinance 13-84; the Westside Community Redevelopment Area created by Resolution 04-07 and funded by Ordinance 01-08; and Urban Infill and Redevelopment Area created by Resolution 41-05 and funded by Ordinance 16-05.
The Community Redevelopment Agency is funded by tax increment financing. When the Trust Funds were established, a 'snapshot' of the base year was taken of the area's taxable property values. As capital improvements and other developments take place within the CRA district, these taxable values rise. The difference ("increment") between the original values and current values is collected by the taxation authority and deposited in the Trust Funds. On August 28, 2014, Ordinance 31-14 rescinded the 2007 base year for the Westside Community Redevelopment Area taxable property values and established a new base year of 2013.
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The members of the City Council serve as CRA board members. For a current listing of these members as well as contact information, please visit the City of Pensacola’s City Council webpage.
CRA’s Charter, adopted by Resolution No. 55-80 and amended by Resolution 22-10, outlines the rights, powers, duties, privileges and immunities invested in the City Council acting as the CRA currently states that the City of Pensacola’s ordinances, policies and rules of procedure apply to the CRA, unless expressly provided otherwise by law or action of the Agency. Click here for the CRA Bylaws.
The City of Pensacola’s Code of Ethics applies to the CRA, unless expressly provided otherwise by law or action of the Agency. The Code of Ethics is established and incorporated by Chapter 2-6 of the Code of Ordinances of the City, as amended from time to time, and as authorized by the Charter of the City and contemplated by Sec. 2-6-3 of the Code of Ordinances. In addition, Council members shall adhere to the requirements outlined in the City Council rules and procedures.CRA District Map
The Pensacola Inner City Community Redevelopment Area is a 1,237-block, 4,611-acre area that encompasses the entire city from 17th Avenue on the east, Pensacola Bay on the south, Bayou Chico and the City limit line on the west and the city limit line on the north. It accounts for about 31.8% of the City's total land area. Click here for a map depicting the boundaries of the CRA district.
The Urban Core Community Redevelopment Area is a 256-block, 1,308-acre area that encompasses the entire city south of Cervantes Street, bounded to the west by A Street and to the east by 17th Avenue. These boundaries are similar (but not identical) to those of the Downtown Improvement Board's taxation district. It accounts for about 8.7% of the City's total land area. Click here for a map depicting the boundaries of the CRA district.
The Urban Infill and Redevelopment Area (commonly referred to as Eastside) is a 107-block, 257-acre area, bounded on the south by Cervantes Street, on the west by Hayne Street, on the east by 9th Avenue from Cervantes Street to Lee Street, 8th Avenue from Lee to Mallory and 6th Avenue from Mallory to Baars and the city limit line/Baars Street on the north. It accounts for about 1.8% of the City's total land area. Click here for a map depicting the boundaries of the CRA district.
The Westside Community Redevelopment Area is a 322-block, 1,141-acre area that encompasses the area bounded by A Street, Lloyd Street alley and E Street on the east, Gimble and Pine Streets on the south, the L& N Railroad and the City limit line on the west and the City limit line on the north. It accounts for about 7.9% of the City's total land area. Click here for a map depicting the boundaries of the CRA district.
View Community Redevelopment Agency meetings and agendas.
Audited annual financial data for the CRA can be found in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, commonly known as CAFRs.
Annual budgets and budget resolutions for the CRA can be found in the City’s annual approved budget and in the City’s various budget resolutions.