Community Redevelopment Agency
Apopka’s Downtown is Changing!
The heart of Apopka’s downtown includes the Community Redevelopment Agency - the central area of Apopka that includes a mix of businesses, residences and historic properties.
The CRA is established to help Apopka invest into needed community improvements for this area of the city.
Community Redevelopment Area
The Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), was established in 1993.
Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans.
Finding of Necessity
To document that the required conditions exist, the local government must survey the proposed redevelopment area and prepare a Finding of Necessity. If the Finding of Necessity determines that the required conditions exist, the local government may create a Community Redevelopment Area to provide the tools needed to foster and support redevelopment of the targeted area.
Community Redevelopment Agency
The activities and programs offered within a Community Redevelopment Area are administered by the Community Redevelopment Agency.
A 5 - 7 member CRA "Board" created by the local government directs the agency. The City of Apopka Board is comprised of City Council, an Orange County Board of County Commissioners representative, and other individuals appointed by the local government.
The CRA district maintains a separate trust fund, and expends those funds only in that district.
6 p.m. on 3rd Thursday of each month as needed
City Hall Council Chambers
120 E. Main St.
Apopka, FL, 32703
James K. Hitt, FRA-RA
Community Development Director
City of Apopka
120 E. Main St., 2nd Floor
Apopka, FL 32703
CRA Assistance Programs
On June 21, 2017, the Apopka Community Redevelopment Agency adopted the new CRA Redevelopment Plan 2017~Update. The new Plan included many new projects and programs to help with the redevelopment and increase the economic viability of our 633 acre redevelopment district. This area is the original core and heart of Apopka.
Three Assistance Programs were approved to help begin this process, with other being developed for 2018. Two work with existing businesses and one is specifically designed to help fill some of the vacant lots with new single-family homes.
To read about the specific information regarding each of the Assistance Programs, please click on the related links provided. Contact information is provided for City staff on each of the applications and criteria.
FRAP - Façade Renovation Assistance Program
This CRA program provides a financial reimbursement grant to pay for eligible costs incurred by a qualified owner or tenant to make façade, or exterior improvements. Such improvements may include: structural; signs; visual treatments (paint, stucco, stone, etc.); energy efficient windows; doors; awnings; ADA Handicap access; other building code needs; and especially historical theme improvements which reflect Apopka’s history.
BCAP - Building Code Assistance Program
This CRA program provides a reimbursement to help pay eligible costs incurred by a qualified owner or tenant in making improvements that are required due to building code requirements. Code requirements may be from building, fire or City codes. Such improvements may include: fire alarms; air system handlers (heating/air conditioning units); fire walls (needed for various uses); ADA handicap access, including bathroom facilities (ADA requirements); front doors; grease traps (restaurants); and, electrical upgrades.
RFAP - Residential Fee Assistance Program
The RFAP is designed to lower the cost for new single family infill lots by providing the payments of the Impact Fees associated with new home construction. Impact fees can account for a large portion of new home construction costs and by paying down those costs, homes can become more affordable as a result. New homes are required to be owner-occupied upon completion with a final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) by the Apopka Building Division.
The CRA Assistance Programs are only available in the CRA Redevelopment District, and in accordance with the CRA Redevelopment Plan 2017 ~ update and Florida Statutes.