The Melbourne Downtown Community Redevelopment Area was established by the City of Melbourne on August 10, 1982, expanded in 2006, and has successfully assisted in the continuing revitalization of Historic Downtown Melbourne.
The public purpose of this CRA is to eliminate slum and blight conditions within its boundaries.
Redevelopment began after downtown businesses faltered following the development of suburban-style shopping centers along New Haven Avenue and Babcock Street. A tax increment financing (TIF) plan was approved by the City Council to capture both city and county taxes on property values that exceeded the 1982 base level.
As a result of the redevelopment district, streets and sidewalks have been improved as part of an ongoing streetscape project, benches, lighting and garbage cans were added, a parking garage has been constructed, several surface parking lots have been acquired or leased, economic incentive programs have been created, and Riverview Park has been acquired from Brevard County.
The Melbourne Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency is composed of City Council members, who make decisions on which programs and projects to fund, based on the adopted CRA plan. To review projects and programs and make recommendations, the Redevelopment Agency has appointed members to the Melbourne Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Committee.
The Melbourne City Council serves as the Community Redevelopment Agency for all three Community Redevelopment Agencies; therefore, the meeting schedule for the Community Redevelopment Agencies mirrors the City Council meeting schedule. Business pertaining to the Community Redevelopment Agencies may not appear on every City Council agenda.
Current priorities for CRA expenditures include the improvement of Riverview Park based on an adopted master plan, design and construction of a pedestrian bridge across Crane Creek, and the design and construction of streetscape improvements along US 1 between Crane Creek and W.H. Jackson Street.
Economic Incentive Programs & Grants
The Melbourne Downtown CRA is pleased to offer economic incentive programs and grants that are available to eligible properties within the limits of the CRA.
Melbourne Main Street
The CRA provides an annual grant to help support Melbourne Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhance our community identity and heritage, foster a center of activity and ensure economic stability for the heart of Melbourne through concentrated efforts of design, promotion, organization and economic revitalization.
Historic and Architectural Review Board
Exterior changes to commercial buildings and signage in the CRA require prior approval from the Historic & Architectural Review Board, which is appointed by City Council. More information, including adopted design guidelines and an application can be found on the Historic and Architectural Review Board page.
Outdoor Seating, Display and A-Frames
Businesses located in the Melbourne Downtown CRA may be permitted outdoor display and seating if they meet eligibility requirements. For more information, please contact staff and refer to the following resources:
- On-Site Use Permit Application: For applications regarding outdoor display and seating on private property.
- Sidewalk Use Permit Application: For applications regarding outdoor display and seating in the public right-of-way/sidewalk.
- City Code related to Outdoor Display or Seating Areas: Refer to subsection (G)
Approved in November 2005, this document set forth the projects and programs the CRA could focus their financing efforts on.
- Ordinance No. 1982-58 – CRA creation and adoption of CRA plan
- Ordinance No. 1989-36 – CRA plan and code amendment
- Ordinance No. 1991-43 – CRA plan and code amendment
- Ordinance No. 1992-07 – CRA plan and code amendment
- Ordinance No. 2003-97 – CRA plan and code amendment
- Resolution No. 1937 - Finding of necessity for expansion area
- Ordinance No. 2006-23 - Adoption of new CRA plan and amendment to code
- Ordinance No. 2016-52 - CRA plan and code amendment to extend the sunset date, extend a program and prioritize capital projects and programs
Kelly Hyvonen, AICP, Planner
Direct: (321) 608-7511
Department: (321) 608-7500
900 E. Strawbridge Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Shannon Lewis, City Manager
900 E. Strawbridge Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Governing Body Contact Information
The Melbourne Downtown Community Redevelopment Area is governed by the Melbourne City Council.
General Financial Information
- The CRA fiscal year is October 1 – September 30.
- For CRA budget archives and amendments view the City of Melbourne's budget page.
- Florida Department of Financial Services
- City of Melbourne Audit Reports