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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Redevelopment Area expansion meeting takes place June 14

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FORT MYERS, FL (June 12, 2018) – The City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency will present a plan update for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard redevelopment area on Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the IMAG History & Science Center, located at 2200 Cranford Avenue. On-site parking is available and refreshments will be served.

At the meeting, the public will learn how their suggestions from three earlier workshops in February have been incorporated into expansion plans for the MLK redevelopment area. For more information about the workshops, contact Natalie S. Dunham at (239) 321-7100 or ndunham@cityftmyers.com.

About Community Redevelopment Agencies

Community Redevelopment Agencies have proven historically to provide blighted communities with a better economy through improved infrastructure, job opportunities, and housing.  Their mission is to make housing and urban areas safer for residents, to preserve and grow business, and to provide a sense of place for all who live there.  CRAs have demonstrated that the use of Tax Increment Funding (TIF) dramatically improves the economic and social outcomes within their targeted areas. These outcomes benefit both cities and counties and, more importantly, the taxpayers.

About the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163, to formulate a plan and strategy for the revitalization of the downtown River District. The Fort Myers CRA has continued to grow, and redevelopment areas have been added throughout the city. Today, the Agency oversees 14 different redevelopment areas within the Fort Myers city limits. The Fort Myers CRA, along with the City’s Community Development Division, prepares plans for the revitalization of each area and coordinates the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax Increment Funds (TIF) generated by each area, combined with other funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infrastructure and to stimulate redevelopment in the same area where it was generated. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, oversee the Agency’s divisions and their operations. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the River District.