Over the years, the Historic Downtown lost its luster, and much of the traditional retailing had died out. The City recognized the decline and created the City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in order to assist in the revitalization of the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The CRA was initially created in 1986 and then re-established and expanded in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2016 to reflect suggested changes introduced in the MSCW, Evaluation Report (2008) and the following extensive research of the extent of the CRA area.
Today, the expanded CRA encompasses approximately 1,168 acres both north and south of the Roosevelt Bridge. The northern part of the CRA is generally bounded by the St. Lucie River on part of its eastern, southern and western edges and contains property fronting on U.S. 1 and State Road 707. Much of the Haney Creek conservation area north of the Bridge is included in the CRA, as well as the proposed mixed-use development called Avonlea. The southern part of the CRA generally contains the Historic Downtown, historic neighborhoods such as Frazier Addition and Potsdam, the commercial properties along East Ocean Boulevard, the area between Frazier Creek and U.S. 1, the properties along Colorado Avenue and the East Stuart area.