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.
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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.
CRA Agendas and Minutes 2020
1.13.2020 No Board Meeting Due to Unveiling of Block 12
4.13.2020 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19
5.11.2020 Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19
CRA Agendas and Minutes 2019
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CRA Board Members
Chairman, Nick Williams – Term March 2019 – March 2023
Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Schwiebert – Term March 2017 – March 2021
Treasurer, Jonathan Lewis – Term March 2018 – March 2022
Art Konstantino – Term March 2019 – March 2023
Mike Langston – March 2019 – May 2020
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 on Noble Avenue and Main Street
If you are a business owner who has a business on either Noble Avenue or Main Street, 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.