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 6 p.m. at Cocoa City Hall located at 65 Stone Street in Cocoa Village.
Diamond Square Redevelopment Plan Update (PDF) - Approved by the Diamond Square CRA and City Council. The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners approved the Diamond Square Redevelopment Plan Update at its September 5, 2019 meeting.
The City of Cocoa, Diamond Square CRA and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners are in the process of executing an Interlocal Agreement in late 2019.
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
Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center
The Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center Cornerstone Ceremony occurred on Friday, October 11, 2019. The project is on schedule for completion in early 2020. With assistance from Brevard County, Diamond Square CRA and a Section 108 HUD Loan, the City of Cocoa is creating a place that the Diamond Square community can call home to activities for all ages.
Diamond Square Community Garden
In FY 2017, the CRA began its St. Mark’s Community Garden initiative, located at 1112 Peachtree Street. The community garden is consistent with the Diamond Square CRA Redevelopment Plan goal to, “Establish parks, recreation, open space and beautification efforts to create an improved character for the Redevelopment area that will reflect a pleasant appealing atmosphere for working and residing in the area.” In addition, the .33 acres community garden has the potential to bring no or low cost, fresh produce to the redevelopment area, which is a food desert. A deep-rooted issue within the Diamond Square CRA area is the absence of grocery stores. The Diamond Square CRA assumed responsibility of the site and staff, with the assistance of local volunteers are transforming the Community Garden into a reality.