Community Redevelopment Agencies
Within the last few years the Mount Dora CRA's have seen a change in their demographics with additional millennials and families moving into the area, and although retirees have always been attracted to the city, these new residents want to live close to the vitality of the downtown.
Regional connections are another major factor impacting the CRA's and the city as a whole. The Expressway Authority’s new Toll Road 453 and FDOT’s State Road (SR) 46 road project, have made the drive to and from Orlando faster and changed the entrance to the CRA and the City’s downtown. The CRA’s will now, with these new regional improvements, have greater access for visitors and workforce.
The Downtown CRA is generally described as being south of Sixth Avenue, west of Tremain Street, and north of the railroad track. The center of the area is the historic retail center of the City. There are over 165 business spaces in this 12-block area and is primarily zoned C-2, Downtown Commercial and RP, Residential Professional. More Information on the Downtown CRA
The Northeast CRA commercial area is located at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Grandview Street and currently contains two restaurants, a market, and beauty salon. The commercial area is zoned C-1 and contains approximately nine (9) acres. Most of the acreage is undeveloped, residential, or other non-commercial use. The once active historic commercial area has been significantly impacted by business development on US 441 over the last 20+ years.
More information on the Northeast CRA
The intent of this trail is to plan for the construction of a non-motorized, multi-use trail between the cities of Tavares and Mount Dora. The PD&E study for segment 1 of the Wekiva Trail extension was completed in 2017. Lake County is now conducting a PD&E study for segment 5. The City of Mount Dora, in cooperation with Lake County and City of Tavares, submitted a Federal RAISE grant application in April 2021 to request funding for the design and construction of both segments 1 and 5.
The Innovation Trail Planning Study was completed in December 2020 and proposes a 6.5-mile multi-use neighborhood trail that would provide enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connection between the existing Tremain Street Greenway in downtown Mount Dora, the planned Sorrento Avenue Trail (at County Road 437/Plymouth Sorrento Road), and the future development in the Wolf Branch Innovation District to the other Wekiva Trail segments. With the completion of the Wekiva Trail, this project would complete a trail loop serving the greater Mount Dora area.