First Street Zocalo garners national design award!

It was a snowy, wintery Washington D.C. but the sunshine and warmth of Immokalee’s First Street Zocalo brought welcomed glow to the Jannuary winter conference of the National Community Development Association (NCDA).

That’s when the Immokalee CRA was presented with NCDA’s 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for the community’s new First Street Zocalo.

Named for the first deputy executive secretary of the NCDA in 1987, the award recognizes “exemplary uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the partnerships between local governments and non-profit organizations to assist low- and moderate-income persons.

“The First Street Plaza was created as a comprehensive vision for the future of Immokalee,” said the NCDA in its presentation. “The Plaza has created a greater livable community that creates a gateway to the downtown business community.”

As an award recipient the Immokalee CRA and its design/construction team was invited to Washington  to present to the NCDA an overview of the project during the NCDA Winter Conference.

“It was wonderful to be recognized by other community development organizations for our work on the Zocalo,” said Immokalee CRA Executive Director Bradley Mucklel. “We could not have built the Zocalo without community support and the design and construction team that included architect David Corban, landscape architect Ellin Goetz and our construction team at Surety Construction.”

In the photo above, architect David Corban is featured at the far right and Muckel is in the photo to Corbin’s immediate right.

The NCDA award was another in a growing list of award granted the CRA for the First Street Zocalo. It was honored in September by the Collier Building Industry Association by winning one of its coveted Sand Dollar Awards.


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