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CRA ‘vision plan’ unveiling Tuesday

By Staff | Nov 13, 2010

The Community Redevelopment Agency’s final vision plan will be unveiled Tuesday in city council chambers.
Designed by Miami-based Zyscovich Architects and Lambert Advisory, the plan was outlined in August.
Their team has since finished refining the plan, which is available on the city’s SIRE website, and will be presented to the public.
“Now we will have a full vision of what we’re capable of, then comes the ‘what’s stopping us’ phase,” said CRA Executive Director John Jacobsen.
Jacobsen is referring to ‘Phase 2″ of their new vision plan, which Jacobsen said will focused on examining what’s truly stopping growth and prosperity within the CRA.
The second phase of the plan will likely address issues such as Land Development Regulations within the downtown boundaries.
The CRA board likely will support paying for the next step, which Jacobsen said was negotiated down to roughly $60,000. The CRA board previously approved the vision plan price tag, which Jacobsen said came in at just under $200,000.
Jacobsen said looking at development “pit falls” is one of Zyscovich’s specialties.
“It’s what these guys do. They’ve written code for many cities around the country,” he said.
Jacobsen is encouraging as much resident participation as possible, saying public input is crucial to the process.
“We want to hear what people have to say,” Jacobsen added.
The Community Redevelopment Agency will meet Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m., in city council chambers at city hall.
The presentation also will be broadcast live on Comcast channel 98, and on the city’s website.