What Is the CRA?

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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The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents Christopher Cross

August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross returns to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Known for his incredible vocal range and energetic live performances, Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five GRAMMY® Awards. His classic hits such as Sailing, Ride Like The Wind, Never Be The Same, and the Oscar® winning Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) remain staples on radio to this day. Now 40 years later, Cross continues his recording and performing career with his latest…

Clearwater Arts Alliance Public Art Walks

August 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

WHAT: DOCENT- LED PUBLIC ART WALK Enjoy a stroll in downtown Clearwater while learning about the city's vibrant public art scene. During the hour long walk you will see at least 20 art installations including sculptures, murals, art wrapped signal boxes, pavement art and storm drain murals. Tours are organized by the Clearwater Arts Alliance. The afternoon walks are timed to end just prior to the monthly Downtown District Sip and Stroll event and only those pre-registering online can get…

Clearwater Arts Alliance Public Art Walks

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

WHAT: DOCENT- LED PUBLIC ART WALK Enjoy a stroll in downtown Clearwater while learning about the city's vibrant public art scene. During the hour long walk you will see at least 20 art installations including sculptures, murals, art wrapped signal boxes, pavement art and storm drain murals. Tours are organized by the Clearwater Arts Alliance. The afternoon walks are timed to end just prior to the monthly Downtown District Sip and Stroll event and only those pre-registering online can get…

The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents The Fixx

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

New Wave British hitmakers, The FIXX, return to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre! The FIXX has been bringing their brand of English Rock across the globe since 1979. Major hits include One Thing Leads To Another, Saved by Zero, Are We Ourselves, and Secret Separation. The FIXX has been often heralded as one of the most innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. Instantly recognizable, their sound is unmistakably unique and stands out among the thousands of artists filling…

The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents BAT: A Meat Loaf Celebration

September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate the legendary Meat Loaf and experience his hit songs performed brilliantly by The Neverland Express plus American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson as they return to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre! The Neverland Express includes world-class alumni of Meat Loaf's official band spanning the history of his legacy. Led by Paul Crook, who was Meat Loaf's long time Producer, Musical Director and Guitarist, the band stays as close as possible to the original recordings while delivering the fury of a Meat…

The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents Classic Albums Live: U2 Joshua Tree

September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Classic Albums Live brings The Joshua Tree by U2 live to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre note for note, cut for cut! Using the world's greatest musicians, Classic Albums Live takes chart-topping albums and performs them live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. While U2 had become one of the most successful rock bands of the '80s, they didn't truly become superstars until the spring 1987 release of The Joshua Tree. Greeted with enthusiastic reviews, many of which proclaimed the…

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