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Corey Avenue Workshop: One Step Toward a Bustling Downtown
Corey Avenue Workshop: One Step Toward a Bustling Downtown

Gulfport, Florida -- As early as the end of June, the city could officially designate the Corey area as a redevelopment area and start working on projects that will spur redeveloping the downtown. The city designated the area as a CRA.

 A CRA refers to a community reinvestment area.

 “If you’ve been in Dunedin, they’re a CRA,” Community Development George Kinney said.

 “If a community chooses to adopt one, then there are statutory requirements for how it’s set up and how it’s operated,” Mr. Kinney said. St. Pete Beach has designated the Corey area as a CRA (please see the accompanying map to see the boundaries of the district). Gulfport also has a CRA.

 To help move the redevelopment along, city staff and commissioners told residents they wanted input about Corey Avenue from those affected by any changes. To that end, the city held a two-hour workshop last Thursday evening to hear from those with concerns about the area.

 “We were trying to figure out a way to help … focus on certain catalytic projects for redevelopment,” Mr. Kinney said. “It was to set the groundwork, lay out a road map for prioritization, for the CRA.”

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