The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) successful redevelopment of the Fairfield Inn & Suites site has won the Roy F. Kenzie award for Creative Organizational Development and Funding as part of the 2015 Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards Program. The awards showcase and celebrate the most innovative and effective redevelopment programs in the state, and the award was formally presented at the FRA Annual Conference on October 21-23 at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel.
Projects are evaluated mainly on innovation, positive community impact, and larger applicability to other Florida projects. The Fairfield Inn & Suites’ successes include high support from the Delray Beach community, a 48% local employment rate for permanent job positions, and the development of an adjacent public parking lot and pocket park, completing the redevelopment of nearly the entire block and maximizing the impact of both projects.
“We could not be more proud of the incredible growth and expansion within the CRA district,” Jeff Costello, Executive Director of Delray Beach CRA, said. “It’s an honor to once again receive an award from the FRA and we look forward to using this project as a model for future redevelopment projects.”
The Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel is the first major private development project to be completed in the West Atlantic area of the CRA District in a decade. The hotel has already helped the city host the thousands of people that visit Delray Beach for large annual events, satisfying the demand for more affordable options to the pricey accommodations already available.
To learn more about other CRA projects and initiatives, visit the CRA website at www.delraycra.org or call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640. For more information on the Florida Redevelopment Association, visit www.redevelopment.net