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
Website: Williston Community Redevelopment Agency
Active or Inactive: Active
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
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.
2021 Meeting Dates
January 11 February 8 March 8 April 12 May 10 June 14 July 12 August 9 September 13 October 11 November 8 December 13
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
The City of Williston Community Redevelopment Agency is pleased to present the Memorial Bench Program. A Memorial Bench is a way to celebrate the life of a loved one lost or to honor a living person. The benches are placed in the City’s parks. The Program has a sustainable future that could include other areas of downtown and additional parks. One-time fee of $1,000 per bench. Includes installation and maintenance of the bench and plaque and the City of Williston Community Redevelopment and/or replace a damaged or stolen bench for a ten-year period.
Heritage Park has a time capsule built into the north gazebo. It is time to fill that capsule with items from schools, businesses, churches, local news, and whatever else the citizens want the residents of Williston to know 100 years from now. The time capsule will be lowered in the spring of 2021. Please contact Laura Jones at 352-528-3060 ext 110 to get involved.
The CRA district Boundary map is available by calling Laura Jones at 352-528-3060 ext. 111.
CRA Agendas and Minutes
01-13-2020 No Board Meeting Due to Unveiling of Block 12
04-13-2020 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19
05-11-2020 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19
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CRA Board Members
Chairman, Nick Williams – Term August 2020 – March 2023
Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Schwiebert – Term March 2017 – March 2021
Treasurer, Jonathan Lewis – Term March 2018 – March 2022
Art Konstantino – Term August 2020 – May 2024
Mike Langston – August 2020 – May 2024
Heritage Park Phase II
Downtown Landscaping and Traffic Improvements
Redevelopment Plan Update
Projects in Planning
Downtown Property Acquisition and Rehabilitation
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 email@example.com or by calling (352) 528-3060.
About Florida Redevelopment Association
Founded in 1974, FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida. FRA encourages adoption of legal and financial tools and programs favorable to community growth and serves as a statewide clearinghouse for redevelopment information.