Kim Briesemeister, head of West Palm Beach’s community redevelopment agency resigned Monday, as she repositioned herself for a possible return as an outside contractor.
The city commission voted Aug. 12 to solicit outside firms to run the agency, which administers two community redevelopment areas and has an annual budget of $25 million.
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Projects in which the Community Redevelopment Agency participated under Kim Briesemeister:
- City Center: Worked on library and garage for the new city hall.
- Waterfront: Helped with $30 million redesign of downtown waterfront, including construction of docks.
- Northwood Village: Led multiple projects to turned a blighted area in Northwood into a shopping and restaurant destination.
- Digital Domain: Attempted unsuccessfully to spark growth by giving prime city land at Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway valued at $10 million, along with $2 million, to a digital animation college to partner with Florida State University. Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and the CRA is looking for a new tenant or buyer for the site.
Source: Palm Beach Post archives
South Florida cities that contract with Redevelopment Management Associates, the Broward County firm operated by Kim Briesemeister, head of West Palm Beach’s community redevelopment agency:
- Hillsboro Beach: November 2012-present. $12,801.
- Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Two studies in 2011; $15,000 and $20,000 (estimated).
- Miami Gardens: Studies, in 2010 and 2011, total of $2,101.
- Pompano Beach: August 2009-present. Paid a base annual fee per budget year; fee currently at $992,262. Total paid since 2009: $2.6 million.
- Oakland Park: February 2012-present. Billed total of $384,619 so far.
SOURCE: the municipalities.