Since purchasing 2.3 acres of assorted properties on Fort Lauderdale’s Northeast 13th Street in 2006, and relocating our offices to the area in 2007, H.O.M.E.S. has made a commitment to be involved in the area and its revitalization.
In summer 2008, H.O.M.E.S. hosted a community charette of area stakeholders – working with FAU’s Center for Urban Redevelopment – to determine what businesses and residents liked and disliked about the area. This feedback was used to envision community revision.
The 13th Street Alliance (chaired by the H.O.M.E.S., Inc.’s CEO, Katharine Barry) was formed – bringing local businesses, residents, civic and homeowners associations together. Its mission; to transform and revitalize the business districts in the 13th Street Corridor.
Toward that overarching goal, the Alliance has installed donated sculptures in medians, created a successful crime watch program, funded a Pilot Business Landscape Program, persuaded businesses to paint their buildings, and hosted a street festival (“Green Dog Day Festival”). The 13th Street Alliance has obtain funds to install lighting and more landscaping in public rights-of-way along the Corridor.
Perhaps most importantly, the 13th Alliance persuaded the City of Fort Lauderdale to conduct a “Slum and Blight” Study of the area, resulting in establishment of the City’s first new COMMUNITY REDEVEVELOPMENT AREA (CRA) in 20 years! With this designation, the Alliance will effect “tax increment financing”, a long-term redevelopment tool for the area.
Currently, the CRA Redevelopment Plan is being formed to address transit issues and development of new businesses along the 13th Street Corridor.
Click below to read the Sun-Sentinel article concerning development along the 13th Street Corridor.CRA Eyes Neglected 13th Street Corridor