Diamond Square CRA

About the Diamond Square CRA


The Diamond Square CRA (Community Redevelopment Area) is located on the southern border of the City and encompasses the area bounded by Pineda Street on the west, School Street on the north, the Florida East Coast Railroad on the east, and Rosa L. Jones Drive on the south. 
 
The Diamond Square CRA, originally named Census Tract 626, was established through City of Cocoa Ordinance No. 13-98 and is governed by a 7-member board, which meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Cocoa City Hall located at 65 Stone Street in Cocoa Village.

      

Façade Grant


The Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency administers matching grants up to $10,000 for qualified properties through the Commercial Façade Improvement Program.
 


Diamond Square CRA Projects

Stone Street Streetscaping Project

Through the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency, Stone Street will undergo streetscaping from the railroad terminus west to Fiske Boulevard. Streetscaping will include sidewalk enhancements, pedestrian level streetlights, intersection crosswalk enhancements, and landscaping as well as stormwater improvements. Currently, the streetscaping project is in the design and engineering phase with 90% plans due in February 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2018.

Joe Lee Smith Center


 
In March 2014, following nearly a year of community and stakeholder committee meetings, the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency completed an update of its Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Plan. Through a community-based planning effort, the Plan identified 6 transformational and several incremental initiatives. Of the 6 initiatives identified, the catalyst to effectuate change in the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Area (DS CRA) was identified to be the Dr. Joe Lee Smith Center.

The City of Cocoa is seeking capital funding for the construction of a Center for Justice dedicated to the advancement of social, economic, health, and environmental justice serving the DS CRA. The DS CRA shares contiguous boundaries with Census Tract 626, facing extreme and pervasive levels of crime, poverty, unemployment, low educational attainment, and social and physical distress.

The Center would serve as a nexus of local service providers co-located in a single facility fostering an environment that would break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. The existing 7,000+ square foot facility is located at 419 Washington Street, within the DS CRA and sits on 3.52 acres.

Currently, the facility is intended for recreational purposes only and is more than 50 years old, functionally obsolescent, inadequately sized, and in a state of disrepair. Proposed services for the new Center include juvenile diversion, health care, childcare, senior programs, workforce training and services, educational assistance, youth recreation, and a community meeting space. It is anticipated that the facility would need to expand to 18,000 square feet to accommodate the proposed services.

The total cost of the facility is estimated to be approximately $4 million for construction costs and site work. The facility would also serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This project is qualified as a Community Contribution Tax Credit Program, No. CC-0502-A.