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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.

Depot Park earns $60,000 Capital City Bank grant for Adventure Play Area

Depot Park visitors will now have some much needed protection from the Florida heat!

Depot Park earns $60,000 Capital City Bank grant for Adventure Play Area

Depot Park visitors will now have some much needed protection from the Florida heat! We're thrilled to announce that Capital City Bank's non-profit foundation has graciously contributed $60,000 towards constructing a much-needed shade structure next to the Depot Park custom splash pad and adventure play area! (pictured from left to right: City Manager Anthony Lyons; CRA Project Manager Nathalie McCrate; CRA Project Manager Cindi Harvey; Capital City Bank Chairman, President, & CEO William G. Smith, Jr.; Interim CRA Director Sarah Vidal-Finn; CRA Board Chair & Commissioner Craig Carter)

Power District RFQ!

After years of community engagement and advanced technical studies, the City of Gainesville is seeking partners to redevelop 17-acres of vacant, former industrial land in Southeast Gainesville!

Power District RFQ!

After years of community engagement and advanced technical studies, the City of Gainesville is seeking partners to redevelop 17-acres of vacant, former industrial land in Southeast Gainesville! 

Rejuvenated Bo Diddley Plaza will officially re-open on March 1, 2016

The CRA will be hosting a ribbon-cutting for the renovated Bo Diddley Plaza on Thursday March 10th! Come share the moment, grab some coffee and we’ll meet you in front of the water wall!

Rejuvenated Bo Diddley Plaza will officially re-open on March 1, 2016

The CRA will be hosting a ribbon-cutting for the renovated Bo Diddley Plaza on Thursday March 10th! Come share the moment, grab some coffee and we’ll meet you in front of the water wall! Learn more about the renovations here. ‪#‎heartGNV‬

CRA recognized for Southern Charm Kitchen partnership & Porters Community Improvements

Project honored with a state “Out-of-the-Box” award from the Florida Redevelopment Association, a statewide community revitalization nonprofit organization.

CRA recognized for Southern Charm Kitchen partnership & Porters Community Improvements

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– What do a contemporary Southern cuisine restaurant and a sidewalk project have in common? Both are local urban revitalization efforts that were recognized at the state and regional level this fall.

Painting Party

Painting Party will brighten up the Duval Neighborhood on October 16 & 17

Painting Party

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– A quiet, tree-canopied street in the Duval Community will come to life next weekend when the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), residents and two nonprofits join forces to paint six neighboring houses on NE 11th Place.

CRA expands program to improve houses Downtown

The first recipient of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)’s Downtown residential paint program.

CRA expands program to improve houses Downtown

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–A house in the Porters Community will receive a makeover this weekend, as the first recipient of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)’s Downtown residential paint program.