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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Peace Concert Series

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHAT: FAVORITE JAZZ HITS Think Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington and you’ve got the spirit of this great jazz program. You’ll hear great arrangements of favorite tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and 50’s as renown jazz pianist Johnny Varro teams up with his top- notch ensemble. Johnny and his combo will transport you to another world. Due to COVID 19 procedures and social distancing, reserved tickets are now required. See below for all your options to hear this…

CRA Monthly Meetup: November Office Hours

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Questions about your business in downtown? Come connect with the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency! On the last Thursday of each month, the CRA has scheduled time to meet with local businesses, property owners, and residents in Downtown Clearwater. We’ve moved to an office hour format in October and November 2020, so please select an available time to speak with the CRA’s Business Administrator, Howard Smith, via the Calendly app here, or select a time below. ‌Note that November's meeting…

Flock-A-Yard

November 28

Clearwater’s Flock-a-Yard is the kickoff to the city’s third annual Holiday Extravaganza, which offers a number of free events for all ages throughout the month of December to celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Clearwater. We're taking over public spaces with a fun, Instagram-worthy photo opportunity to get our city's residents and visitors in the holiday spirit! Come out to see flamingos, penguins, and more!

Outdoor Movie Night: The Grinch

November 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As part of the third annual Holiday Extravaganza in Downtown Clearwater, we're bringing back holiday movie nights, featuring an outdoor screening of “The Grinch” starting at 6 p.m.    This event is free and open to the public, part of the 2020 Holiday Extravaganza with the city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency. Registration is required and attendance will be limited. All attendees will be asked to adhere to CDC guidelines in the wake of COVID-19 (social distancing will be enforced…

Flock-A-Yard

November 30

Clearwater’s Flock-a-Yard is the kickoff to the city’s third annual Holiday Extravaganza, which offers a number of free events for all ages throughout the month of December to celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Clearwater. With Flock-A-Yard, we're taking over public spaces with a fun, Instagram-worthy photo opportunity to get our city's residents and visitors in the holiday spirit! Come out to see flamingos, penguins, and more!

Flock-A-Yard

December 2

Clearwater’s Flock-a-Yard is the kickoff to the city’s third annual Holiday Extravaganza, which offers a number of free events for all ages throughout the month of December to celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Clearwater. With Flock-A-Yard, we're taking over public spaces with a fun, Instagram-worthy photo opportunity to get our city's residents and visitors in the holiday spirit! Come out to see flamingos, penguins, and more!

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