Florida Redevelopment Agency Recognizes City of Stuart with Creative Partnership Award for Extreme Martin Makeover – East Stuart Edition
STUART, FL – October 21, 2011 – The City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency has won an award for its role in the Extreme Martin Makeover – East Stuart Edition. The 2011 Roy F. Kenzie Award for Management Program/Creative Partnership was presented at the Florida Redevelopment Association Awards Dinner in Orlando last night. The project is one of only 12 statewide to receive the recognition and the only one recognized in its category.
With the Extreme Martin Makeover – East Stuart Edition, the Stuart CRA maximized public-private partnerships, participation, improvements, and funds to complete exterior repairs, painting and landscaping on 17 homes in the community. The project leveraged a CRA investment of less than $7,000.00 in funds with another $18,700 in cash donations, equipment, materials, repairs and in-kind services, and over 3,000 volunteer hours. The improvements were completed in conjunction with a neighborhood-wide street cleanup and volunteer appreciation event, and was so successful that it has become an annual project.
“By partnering with Habitat Angel, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Keep Martin Beautiful, and the East Stuart Main Street program, as well as the City of Stuart Sanitation.
Department, we were able to dramatically increase our impact in this neighborhood,” explained CRA Coordinator Teresa Lamar-Sarno. “Even more importantly, the project renewed community pride and invested residents in maintaining the improvements.”
The FRA awards committee carefully selects the winners from over 60 entries embodying the spirit of successful community redevelopment and revitalization. “Through a lot of hard work, successful partnerships and local support, these projects are completed and have helped to rebuild that community in some way,” said Kurt Easton, FRA president.
“Once vibrant and self-sufficient, economic and social pressures have led to poor maintenance, litter, and deteriorated landscaping in East Stuart,” said Lamar-Sarno. “Cleanups have short-term success, but a lack of community investment and decreasing TIF monies set the stage for a new approach. With this project the CRA was able to maximize public-private partnerships, participation, improvements, and funds.”
The City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1986 to eliminate slum and blighted conditions in its communities and re-established and expanded in 1998 and 2002. The CRA is directed by the Community Redevelopment Board (CRB) and implements the objectives, programs and projects defined in the CRA Plan adopted by the City of Stuart in NEWS RELEASE TODAY’S DATE: October 21, 2011 RELEASE DATE: IMMEDIATE CONTACT: Teresa Lamar-Sarno, CRA Administrator 772-283-2532, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2002. The CRB meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofstuart.com.
Founded in 1974, the 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. FRA advocates for quality urban economic development and urban infill, and serves as a statewide clearinghouse for redevelopment information.
For more information about the awards program or the FRA, contact Erin Schmidt at (850) 386-9100 or visit http://www.redevelopment.net.