Newtown Revitalization Earns National Award

Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota to receive the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.

Over the last few years Newtown is beginning to get a new look, and those efforts are being recognized through a national award.

Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota will be presented with the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award by the National Community Development Association (NCDA) during a ceremony Feb. 1 in Washington. 

The award recognizes the efforts by the county and city to work with residents and community organizations to achieve a "holistic change in the Newtown Neighborhood."

Projects include:

  • ;
  • Robert Taylor Community Center;
  • Newtown Training Center;
  • commercial storefront improvements;
  • King Stone and St. Monica apartment redevelopments;
  • Fredd "Glossie" Atkins Park at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Washington Court;
  • and playground and drainage improvements. 


"This award recognizes the tremendous progress Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota have made to revitalize the Newtown area," said Carolyn Mason, chairwoman of the County Commission. "These improvements address the needs of our residents for high-quality, safe housing, provide facilities for recreation and community events, and improve the community's infrastructure. The award also is a tribute to all of the community organizations that served as partners in these projects."

The county and city made more than $60 million in improvements in Newtown, using funds that included a $23 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The NCDA established the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award to recognize outstanding uses of the Community Development Block Grant Program and partnerships between local governments and nonprofit organizations to assist low- and moderate-income persons. Audrey Nelson was the first Deputy Executive Secretary of NCDA.

The NCDA is a non-partisan national nonprofit membership organization that represents local governments which administer federally supported community, economic development and affordable housing programs.

Richard M. Swier January 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Yet another pretty construction project that does nothing to deal with the core issue - failed families. These types of projects are putting lipstick on a pig. The new normal of single parent families has destroyed the black community and is infesting the Hispanic and white communities. What needs to be built on a strong foundation is the traditional family of a mother, father and their biological children. That is the best thing to do.
Sheila Burns January 29, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Nice job! The kids will certainly enjoy that water feature during our long hot summer months. I hope it houses many happy families (with or without male parents or biological children) who take good care of it with pride.
Mary Mack January 29, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Thank God, it worked. To the city, county and residents, congrats. It was worth all the hard work and being persistent. A team work effort always works.


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