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Chipley’s CRA updating redevelopment strategies ………..

CRA Board wants to make a difference in Historic Downtown Chipley

 

by Kathy Foster

 

Meeting in a special workshop session Tuesday, members of Chipley’s Redevelopment Agency (CRA) began work to update redevelopment strategies for the Chipley Historic Downtown area.

 

Leading off the meeting, board members were requested to attend the next Chipley City Council meeting to discuss plans for the Alleyway Project which they were told should get started within the next six months and is directed toward taking water off the alleyway behind shops facing Hwy 77 just north of Hwy 90.

 

Moving on to other subjects,  the CRA members were informed that the City of Chipley is planning to take down the old ice plant on the southwest corner of Hwy 77 and Hwy 90 in the next budget year.  CRA board members indicated they are interested in looking at plans to place a major “eye catcher” on the vacant property.  Not ready to announce specific plans,  board members indicated Tuesday that a park with space for digital advertising for downtown businesses could be a possibility.  They estimated that a sign similar to the one at Northwest Florida Community Hospital would cost from $50,000 to $100,000, but weren’t ready to commit.

 

Acknowledging that newer businesses are choosing to locate closer to the I-10 corridor,  CRA board members said time has come to take a long, hard look at the downtown area to determine what might be a better fit for the historic district.

 

Agreeing with CRA Director Ted Everett,  the CRA members were on board with projecting the life span of the existing buildings in an attempt to determine which of the structures are worth monetary investment.

 

Additionally,  the CRA board members said they wanted to take a look at when negligence on the part of the property owner comes into play concerning the condition of the downtown structures.

 

Included on their list of proposed strategies were the following:

  •  Acquiring and selling tax delinquent, surplus, vacant and/or dilapidated properties.
  •  Establishing programs which provide incentives for redevelopment, encouraging private reinvestment and increase property value.
  •  Establishing tools to market the available property.
  •  Establishing programs which provide incentives for redevelopment, encourage private reinvestment and increase property values.
  •  Coordinate with the City of Chipley, State of Florida and Local Planning Organizations to ensure inclusion of CRA goals and objectives in project development and decision  making.
  •  Establish an Overlay District which identifies redevelopment standards and restrictions to be implemented in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land  Development Regulations.

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