FRA Awards Spotlight: City of Ocala CRA
The City of Ocala CRA won the
2018 Outstanding Rehabilitation, Renovation or Reuse Award
for Ivy's on the Square/Ritter Building!
The Ritter Building is located in the center of historic downtown Ocala at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Fort King Street. The building was built in 1894, and has been used for a wide variety of business throughout its 125-year history. In recent years, the desirability of its uses has waned and eventually became a vacant eyesore on this key intersection in downtown. There was a great need for additional dining options within the downtown, so the property owner began renovations in early 2016 with the intent of attracting a quality restaurant tenant. The CRA identified this block as a key redevelopment area in downtown, and a restaurant was the type of establishment that would activate the block.
Congratulations, City of Ocala CRA, and keep up the good work!
To read more about this project as well as all of the award winners,