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Gainesville CRA Releases FY 2017 Annual Report

Digital and paper versions are available.

Gainesville CRA Releases FY 2017 Annual Report

Each year, the Gainesville CRA releases an annual report of activities and finances for the previous fiscal year. The latest report covers FY 2017, which ran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

This year's report looks at our current projects through the six themes that emerged through the Community Vitality Report in 2017.

The report is available to view or download on our website, and paper copies are available at the CRA Office, the informational kiosk at Bo Diddley Plaza, and the front desk of City Hall during normal business hours.

Important Notice: CRA Building Closed for Maintenance

The CRA office will be temporarily closed Monday, March 26 and the morning of Tuesday, March 27. CRA staff will be working out of the Bo Diddley Plaza Green Room.

Important Notice: CRA Building Closed for Maintenance

Staff members can be reached on their mobile phones during this time, or by calling the Bo Diddley Plaza kiosk at (352)377-5444. Re-entry into the CRA building is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10am.

The CRA is Seeking Advisory Board Members!

Are you interested in serving on a dynamic board that will set the direction of your community for years to come?

The CRA is Seeking Advisory Board Members!

The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking members for its following boards: Eastside Redevelopment Advisory Board (2) and Fifth Avenue Pleasant Street Redevelopment Advisory Board (2). Applicants can apply online at the City's website. The deadline for applying is March 30, 2018. Contact the CRA at 352-393-8200 for more information.

Depot Park is Recognized at the International Making Cities Livable Conference

Depot Park was recently recognized at the International Making Cities Livable Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Depot Park is Recognized at the International Making Cities Livable Conference

Depot Park was selected for the final jury for Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health, and Equity.

The purpose of the Making Cities Livable movement is to enhance the well-being of all inhabitants, strengthen community, improve social and physical health, and increase civic engagement by sustainably reshaping the built environment of our cities, suburbs, towns and villages.

For more information on International Making Cities Livable, visit their website at: http://www.livablecities.org/

City Manager Announces Selection of CRA Director

City Manager Announces Selection of CRA Director

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Gainesville City Manager Anthony Lyons is pleased to announce the selection of Sarah Vidal-Finn to lead the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). As director, Vidal-Finn will lead redevelopment efforts in the city’s urban core.

Vidal-Finn most recently served in an interim director capacity for the CRA. She played a pivotal role in the development and execution of Depot Park and the Bo Diddley Plaza and initiatives that will unfold in 2017, such as Northwest First Avenue streetscape, Power District redevelopment, the Heartwood neighborhood development (former Kennedy Homes site) and the Cornerstone (GTEC area) expansion.


City Manager Anthony Lyons also serves as the executive director of the Gainesville CRA. He hired Vidal-Finn to join the CRA team in 2009. “Sarah’s experiences at the CRA have shaped her intuitive grasp of innovative concepts that drive redevelopment of our urban areas. I expect that she will continue to enjoy great success as CRA director,” stated City Manager Lyons.


Before her appointment as interim director, Vidal-Finn was the CRA manager with oversite of budgeting and procurement and improvement of operational processes within the CRA. She also managed redevelopment projects, and has successfully completed multiple capital projects during her tenure. Prior to joining the Gainesville CRA, Vidal-Finn was the construction coordinator for the University of Florida Purchasing Services Department, where she supported the university’s procurement and contract management for construction-related services for Facilities Planning & Construction, Physical Plant Department, Housing and the Institute of Food & Agricultural Service.

“It’s a true privilege when your profession aligns with your passion,” noted Vidal-Finn. “The CRA plays a big role in ‘what’s next’ for Gainesville and I look forward to continued partnership with the communities we serve to deliver projects that result in real economic impacts for our city.”


Vidal-Finn is a licensed Florida real estate sales associate, with a background in commercial real estate and development and a certified housing development finance professional by the National Development Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Florida and is a fourth generation Gator with significant family history in the Gainesville community.