Williston Community Redevelopment Agency

Vision Statement

The goal of the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is to revitalize business and residential sections within the downtown area.  By suggesting improvements intended to preserve and enhance downtown Williston, the CRA envisions a town that is visually attractive and welcoming to visitors and those who live in the surrounding countryside.  The CRA plan will ensure the safety and enjoyment of all pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists, while at the same time maintaining a town of diversity and interest.  Williston will be appealing for its services, as well as cultural, educational and health facilities, maintaining what is best about our town, physically and spiritually.  Downtown Williston will be a comfortable place to do business, meet friends and raise a family.

Florida law, under Chapter 163 Part III Florida Statutes, authorizes local governments to designate up to eighty percent of a municipality as a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The Community Redevelopment Act (Act), adopted in 1969, is intended to help communities revitalize downtowns, preserve historic structures, and otherwise enhance the designated CRA district. In accordance with this legislation, local communities may form a CRA and further create a redevelopment trust fund for financing improvements within a predetermined redevelopment target area.

The CRA was established by the the City of Williston on March 16, 1999 pursuant to Ordinance 380, and functions within all of Blocks 11 and 12, Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Block 2, Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Block 3, and Lots 7, 8, 9, and 10 of Block 10, City of Williston as per plat of Noble Survey Plat Book 1 page I Public Records of Levy County Florida. It is a dependent taxing district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, revitalizing older housing for all income levels, improving the tax base, creating and retaining employment opportunities, and encouraging public and private investments in the CRA.

Registered Agent’s Name:Ms. Jackie Gorman
Registered Office Address:City Planner
Post Office Box 160
Williston, FL  32696-0160
Telephone:(352) 528-3060
Fax:(352) 528-2877
E-Mail:City.Planner@WillistonFL.org
Website:Williston Community Redevelopment Agency
Active or Inactive:Active
Status:Dependent
County(ies):Levy
Local Governing Authority:City of Williston
Special Purpose(s):Community Redevelopment
Date Created/Established:March 16, 1999
Creation Documents:City Ordinance 380; Resolutions 99-3 and 2002-14
Statutory Authority:Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes
Governing Body:Local Governing Authority Appoints
Authority to Issue Bonds:Yes
Revenue Source:Tax Increment Financing
Most Recent Update:April 17, 2020
Creation Method:Local Ordinance

Adopt-A-Planter

The City of Williston Community Redevelopment Agency is pleased to present the Adopt-A-Planter Program.   The Adopt a Planter Program’s purpose is to continue the enthusiasm brought on by the redesign of Heritage Park and to encourage the public’s involvement in the enhancement of planters located in the park. The Program has a sustainable future that could include other areas of downtown and additional parks.  The Adopt-A-Planter program is sponsor-based.  Individuals, families, organizations, businesses, schools, and other groups may sign up to “adopt” one of the planters around the new trees at Heritage Park.   

Bench Memorial Program

Boundary Maps

Grants

Redevelopment Works

Meeting Information

Generally, the CRA Board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 PM. The meetings take place in the City Council Chambers at Williston City Hall, located at 50 NW Main Street. For more information please call 352.528.3060.

Next Meeting September 14 at 5:30

Next Focus Group Meeting August 17 at 5:30

CRA Agendas and Minutes 2020

2020-01-13 No Board Meeting Due to Unveiling of Block 12

2020-04-13 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19

2020-05-11 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19

CRA Agendas and Minutes 2019

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CRA Board Members

Chairman, Nick Williams – Term August 2020 – August 2024

nick.williams@willistonfl.org

Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Schwiebert – Term March 2017 – March 2021

ken.schwiebert@willistonfl.org

Treasurer, Jonathan Lewis – Term March 2018 – March 2022

jonathan.lewis@willistonfl.org

Art Konstantino – Term August 2020 – August 2024

art.konstantino@willistonfl.org

Mike Langston – August 2020 – August 2024

mike.langston@willistonfl.org

Current Projects

Heritage Park Phase II

Downtown Landscaping and Traffic Improvements

Redevelopment Plan Update

Projects in Planning

Downtown Property Acquisition and Rehabilitation

Historic Downtown Williston
Downtown Williston 2020
Block 12 Conceptual Plan
Block 12 Conceptual Plan

Projects Completed

Heritage Park
Heritage Park Veterans Memorial

Services Provided

Façade Grants for Business Owners

If you are a business owner who has a business on either Noble Avenue or Main Street or anywhere within the CRA District, you are eligible for a grant that can help you improve the appearance of your building. The $5,000 grant will match up to 50% of the total cost of certain improvements. For more information call Jackie Gorman at 352.528.3060 or download the Façade Grant Application and Information Packet below.

For CRA Annual Reports contact Jackie Gorman, City Planner, at city.planner@willistonfl.org or by calling (352) 528-3060.