The LCRA is responsible for funding projects and programs that eliminate the existing conditions of blight and adress the community’s desire for change in the neighborhood. Since 2013, the LCRA has initiated a number of programs and funded projects consistent with the Lincolnville Redevelopment Plan. Read below to learn more information about these specific initiatives, and check back on this page for the most up-to-date information about new LCRA projects and programs.
Lincolnville Redevelopment Plan Amendment
In 2017 the LCRA worked to update its Redevelopment Plan. An Amendment to the Plan was adopted in June of 2017. This amendment worked to revise the exisitng programs based on almost five (5) years of implementation. To learn more about this project, visit the Lincolnville Redevelopment Plan Amendment page.
Fix-it-Up and Emergency Assistance Programs
The Fix-it-Up Program provides low-income, owner-occupied households with essential home repairs. The Emergency Assistance Program funds similar repairs, but of an immediate status that address a life, health, or safety issue. The goal of these programs is to keep residents in their Lincolnville homes, and provide assistance to those who may not have the resources to conduct essential repairs. St. Johns Housing Partnership provides the eligibility review and construction services for each home repair project.
The LCRA Redevelopment Plan Amendment combined these tow (2) programs into a New Fix-it-up Program and increased the potential grant amount from $7,000 to up $20,000 worth of work on a property. The same goal, to help keep Linolnville residents in their homes, remains.
Legal Aid for Title Clearing
Some residents are affected by issues related to their homeownership. Often, they have descended from families that have lived in the neighborhood for generations, but do not appear on the legal title of their property. To help mitigate this issue, the LCRA is bringing awareness to legal services offered by St. Johns County Legal Aid for title clearing by distributing information and coordinating with neighborhood organizations to host attorneys for seminars. The LCRA will also finance any associated costs with the title clearing process, such as filing fees and property surveys. Click here to visit the St. Johns County Legal Aid website.
Institutional Rehabilitation Program
An issue recognized by the LCRA Redevelopment Plan Amendment was the need to help larger institutional type properties. A program was created as part of the Amendment to allow the LCRA to budget money to assist larger, institutional type uses with stabilization, rehabilitation or other maintenance issues. The Rehabilitation Program allows for an application process for these type of properties to apply for assistance. The first project is the Trinity Independent Methodist Church on Bridge Street. This project provides the LCRA an opportunity to help stabilize the belltower and for the Church to begin to rehabilitate the building.
Mobility and Connectivity
The LCRA has funded and continues to pursue funding of critical sections of sidewalk for improved connectivity for pedestrians. Also, as a recommendation from the LCRA Steering Committee, two narrow streets have been converted to one-way traffic as a parking and traffic solution represented in the Lincolnville Redevelopment Plan.
South Street Multiuse Pathway
The LCRA moved forward with the installation of a temporary pathway outlined on the northside of South Street. The pathway has been in place since the beginning of November 2017 to give the Community an opportunity to experience the pathway, and provide feedback. The response provided the LCRA with enough feedback to move forward with a more permanent solution. The City Mobility Team is moving forward with Design of a permanent curbed sidewalk/pathway within the existing right-of-way on the northside of South Street. This pathway will meander around the trees including an alternative more flexible surface to limit impacts on the existing trees. More detailed information can be viewed here.
Landscape Master Plan
The LCRA has recently moved forward on another project, a Landscape Master Plan. The Master Plan outlines an overall plan to improve connections, create entrances into Lincolnville, improve or establish pocket parks, improve shade and connections to the existing park areas, and establish a street tree program within Lincolnville. The goal of the Master Plan is to establish a direction for potential projects that can be accomplished over time. This gives the LCRA an opportunity to set priorities for projects and then set the LCRA budget to move forward with specific projects from the overall Plan. The Landscape Master Plan can be viewed here. Overall preliminary cost estimates reviewed with the LCRA can be viewed here.
The first priority established by the LCRA is to move forward with schematics for an entrance feature at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Bridge Street, as a main gateway into the Lincolnville neighborhood. This item is set to be discussed at the April 2, 2018 LCRA meeting. The Agenda item material can be viewed here.
Recreation Areas and Natural Resources
The Lincolnville Redevelopment Plan supports the improvement and accessibility of neighborhood recreation and natural areas. Recently, the LCRA contributed to a new 11-acre passive park located at the southern end of Lincolnville. Dedicated as Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park after a prominent local Civil-Rights leader who passed away, the LCRA funded an entryway feature with landscaping and signage, as well as a pathway around the western portion of the Park.
The Lincolnville Newsletter
The LCRA sponsors a newsletter for the Lincolnville neighborhood, which is mailed out to all addresses and property owners in the community redevelopment area. The newsletter features stories regarding neighborhood events, cultural centers, local churches, businesses, and residents. It also serves as a way for staff and committee members to communicate CRA fundamentals and current initiatives. Click on the following links to read past editions of the newsletter: