The mission of the City of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency is to promote Downtown Clearwater’s ongoing neighborhood revitalization through programs and initiatives that strengthen and stimulate our local economy and environment.

WHAT IS THE CRA?

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) refers to a public entity created by a city or county to implement the community redevelopment activities outlined under the Florida Community Redevelopment Act of 1969 codified as Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes and provides a vehicle whereby local communities may form a CRA, and further create a redevelopment trust fund for financing improvements within a predetermined redevelopment target area. The CRA was established by the local government, and functions within that local government. In Clearwater, the City Council members serve as the CRA board members.

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent taxing district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the tax base, creating and retaining employment opportunities, and encouraging public and private investments in the CRA.  This departmental budget is for the City staff that administers the operations of the CRA.

The Community Redevelopment Area’s current size is 488 acres. The boundaries include Court-Chestnut Streets to the South, Drew-Jones Streets to the North, Clearwater Harbor to the West and Highland Avenue to the East.

GOALS

Partnership

Improving the central city economy by leveraging public-private partnerships and creating residential and commercial stability.

Revitalization

Revitalization, rehabilitation and stabilization of commercial buildings, lots and residential neighborhoods to accommodate new commercial, office and residential projects and expand existing businesses.

Quality of Life

Serve the daily needs of area residents; provide appropriate parking, accommodate modern retail and personal services, alleviate deteriorating and non-complying signs, infrastructure and buildings, develop a financial assistance program, demolish unsafe structures, increase residential units, ensure safety and provide recreational opportunity.

Highlights

MURAL PROGRAM

Explore the results of the first large-scale mural project in Downtown Clearwater, part of the CRA’s mission to infuse downtown with art!

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FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Through the Façade Improvement Program, the CRA seeks to help property owners and tenants improve the attractiveness of buildings in the downtown business district.

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DREAMS OF DALI

The City of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency presents the Dalí Museum’s Dreams of Dalí Virtual Reality (VR) Experience at Second Century Studios.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Kickoff

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The InterCultural Advocacy Institute, Empath Health, Juvenile Welfare Board, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Family Healthcare Foundation will be hosting a series of Lunch and Learn events to celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic / Latinx community to the United States of America. Travel with us, hear from personal journeys, discuss current topics, discover traditional recipes and more! PLEASE REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlfuyurDwtGtMCQeItBG0Ef4eNzjqzAHaO

Virtual Ventures: Stories and Crafts

September 20 - September 26

Program Description Join Miss Julie and Miss Amber virtually for a story in ten minutes or less! Pick up the corresponding craft from any Clearwater Public Library location (while supplies last) and act out the story at home! Remember to share a picture of your craft with us using #clearwaterlibrary. September Theme: Chickens Pick Up Dates: 9/20-9/26

Movie showing: Labyrinth

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This 1986 musical fantasy film was Directed by Jim Henson, with George Lucas as Executive Producer. It revolves around 16-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). Most of the film’s significant characters, apart from Bowie and Connelly, are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. General Admission tickets are $10. Buy a Family 4-Pack…

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