Open House for Grandview Commercial Market Study

How to grow the Grandview Business District has been a question on many people’s minds for years.

Now is the time for all ideas on the table.

An open house for the Grandview Commercial Market Study will be held on August 4, 2016, from 1-6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center (803 Florida Avenue). Anyone who lives in, visits, or enjoys what Mount Dora has to offer is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Every participant will have a half-hour one-on-one session with representatives of Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA), the consultant hired for the study.

“It is important to increase the commercial activities in the Grandview Market District,” says James T. Williams, Chairman of the Northeast CRA (or NECRA). “The Northeast Redevelopment area has been moving in a positive direction for many years; to continue the momentum, the first step is to determine factors which will drive the economy for this district with a fresh market study.”

The Northeast Community Redevelopment Agency (NECRA) is a public agency created in 1989 by the city at the request of neighborhood residents who wanted to revitalize the area. The NECRA district generally includes the area south of Limit Avenue, north of 11th Avenue, east of Baker Street, and west of U.S. Highway 441.

NECRA is charged with undertaking redevelopment functions in the Northeast Community Redevelopment District. The NECRA has fulfilled this function by making improvements to public grounds and infrastructure, such as parking, road rights of way, and parks. These improvements are intended to encourage investment into private properties in the area and to increase business activity.

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The agency currently offers several commercial incentives for development in the Grandview Business District. New and existing businesses can get up to $15,000 in development fee reimbursement, and they can get up to $25,000 in reimbursement for onsite underground drainage vaults. Property owners and home builders constructing new single-family and duplex homes can get up to $15,000 in reimbursement for building, impact and other related fees.

“First and foremost, I hope that residents of the Northeast Community will come to the open house,” said Ozell Ward, also a member of the NECRA board. “A number of people have said how much they desire that some kind of enterprise on Grandview. RMA’s market study is wide-open to the possibilities.”

Earlier this year, the city approved the application for a $750,000 community block grant from the state of Florida for stormwater improvements in the Northeast Community.

David Cohea, Writer (david@mountdoracitizen.com)