Next Meeting: The monthly meeting of the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency will be on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. (EST) in the City Commission Chambers. The meeting will be open to the public. However, due to social distancing measures seating capacity is limited to fourteen people. Protective masks are recommended for all attendees.
At the February 26, 2020, Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency Board meeting the CRA Board approved and adopted a new funding policy with several incentive programs for residents and businesses in Bartow. The new funding policy and application are available in .PDF format below.
Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency has a tentative budget for the 2020 - 2021 Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2020. The budget is available in .PDF format below. The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency's previous fiscal year budgets may be obtained by calling or emailing the CRA Administrative Office.
Bartow CRA Boundary Map: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency has a downloadable map of the district. The map is currently being recreated to comply with ADA requirements.
Bartow CRA Annual Report: The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency's Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Report has been uploaded to the CRA's webpage. The Annual Report may be obtained from either the CRA Administrative Office or from the downloadable .PDF below.
Board Vacancies: The Bartow City Commission is currently not seeking applications. The CRA Board is full. An application may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office.
CRA Organization and Overview:
The CRA is a government agency created by the City of Bartow in 1990 to rehabilitate and redevelop the community. Its mission is to eliminate blight and promote the redevelopment of the property within the CRA district. It achieves these goals through public-private partnerships and improvement of the public infrastructure.
The CRA is governed by seven members who are appointed to four year terms by the City of Bartow City Commission. The seven members are citizen volunteers who reside or perform business activity within the redevelopment area and do not receive financial compensation for their service.
The seven members are:
Wendell Williams Current Term Expires 10-2023
Alvin Smith, Jr. Current Term Expires 10-2022
Karen Guffey, Vice Chairperson Current Term Expires 10-2022
Mercia Burt Current Term Expires 10-2023
Gordon Greene, Chairperson Current Term Expires 10-2021
Sandra Mendez Current Term Expires 10-2021
Kim Hancock Current Term Expires 10-2023
The CRA is not a taxing agency. It does not create or levy taxes. The agency is a dependent special district and functions as an administrative agency. The agency does not issue permits or impose regulatory controls, and does not have the power of eminent domain. Public-private partnerships are critical for the success of the agency's efforts.
Our measurable goals are: 1) Redevelop Property, 2) Provide for Affordable Housing, 3) Reduce Crime and 4) Improve the Public Infrastructure.
The administration of the CRA is handled by the Executive Director. The CRA office is responsible for the Agency's day to day business operations as well as preparing for and managing the public meeting activities of the Board. The offices of the CRA are open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (EST), Monday thru Friday and are closed the same days as the City of Bartow for recognized holidays.
Contact Information for the CRA Administration:
Stephen Cox, CPM, FRA-RP, Executive Director
Office Location: 450 N. Wilson Ave, Bartow FL 33830
Mailing Address: PO Box 1069, Bartow, FL 33831-1069
Phone: (863) 534-0121
The Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:00 A.M. (EST) in the City Commission Chambers of Bartow City Hall, 450 North Wilson Avenue, Bartow FL, 33830. The meetings are occasionally held at different venues and times with advance notice provided. Public meeting notices are posted on the City of Bartow website at cityofbartow.net; on the public notice bulletin board inside Bartow City Hall; and in the public information kiosk located at the corner of East Main Street and Central Avenue.
The following are the scheduled meeting dates for Fiscal Year 2020-2021:
October 28, 2020
December 2, 2020
January 27, 2021
February 24, 2021
March 31, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 26, 2021
June 23, 2021 (Budget Work Session)
August 25, 2021 (Annual Budget Hearing – 5:30 PM EST)
September 22, 2021
Request For Proposals:
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