A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public entity that finances redevelopment within focused areas. These areas tend to be older neighborhoods where there is a need to reverse deterioration, create jobs, revitalize the business climate, increase property values and encourage active participation and investment by citizens.
Plans to enhance Bridge Road between US-1 and Dixie Highway officially began in 2000 with the establishment of the Hobe Sound Redevelopment Plan. Precursor goals for the corridor were identified as early as 1994. Bridge Road was highlighted as the #1 focus area in the 2010 NOW Visioning community report.
The vision for Bridge Road is that of a sustainable neighborhood “Main Street” setting that will support a vibrant downtown for all. Objectives of the Bridge Road project include increasing the amount of on-street parking, improving vehicular and pedestrian safety, undergrounding overhead utilities, improving drainage, reducing speeds, and promoting walkability through sidewalk additions and landscape enhancements.
County staff has worked closely with the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the community on the corridor design since early 2011. Participation by the NAC, residents, business owners and property owners ensures the design will meet the individual needs of each business along the corridor and align with the vision as outlined in the Hobe Sound Redevelopment Plan.
Engineering drawings are currently being drafted, accounting for the needs of the property owners and businesses along Bridge Road.
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners have approved the acceptance of any right of way needed to complete the project. Staff is coordinating with property owners and Martin County’s Property Management department to accept additional right of way needed to make the project a reality.
In April 2014, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners approved $2.2 Million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the design and construction of this project in the CRA’s Five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The construction of the project is expected to start by early summer 2015 and be finished by the end of 2019.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Hobe Sound NAC, you must submit an application for appointment. Visit www.martin.fl.us for the application or for further information about the CRA and qualifications to serve on the NAC.