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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Holiday Vendor Pop Up Market

December 13 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2019

A variety of local vendors will sell unique fashion, art, decor handmade items and foods. Classes and make n' take events will be held throughout the month! Vendors: Nov. 30 - Dec. 8 Gifts from the Gulf: A boutique chock-full of jewelry, purses, clothing, sunglasses, orchids, knick-knacks and much more! Aunt Neci’s: Chemical Free, vegan & gluten free fruit butters & pickled Items. Stoney Lawrentz: Distinctive photography, unique wearable photo-infused art and gifts. Joy Swanson: Unique original artistic creations including paintings,…

Zendoodle Drawing Class

December 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Zendoodle drawing is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It's a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Materials provided. Registration required. This event is free and open to the public, part of the 2019 Holiday Extravaganza with the city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency. 

The Holiday Taste of Downtown Clearwater

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Do you love to support local? We sure do too! Join us for a family friendly Friday night out on the town, in your town, Downtown Clearwater. The local businesses off Cleveland are coming together to share with you their finest samplings, beer and wine too! We have a very diverse group of restaurants in Downtown and they are ALL phenomenal. A taste from each one will do your tastebuds right! Just to name a few: Downtown Pizza Clearsky on…

Holiday Vendor Pop Up Market

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2019

A variety of local vendors will sell unique fashion, art, decor handmade items and foods. Classes and make n' take events will be held throughout the month! Vendors: Nov. 30 - Dec. 8 Gifts from the Gulf: A boutique chock-full of jewelry, purses, clothing, sunglasses, orchids, knick-knacks and much more! Aunt Neci’s: Chemical Free, vegan & gluten free fruit butters & pickled Items. Stoney Lawrentz: Distinctive photography, unique wearable photo-infused art and gifts. Joy Swanson: Unique original artistic creations including paintings,…

Downtown Clearwater Art Walk

December 14 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In a leisurely walk through Downtown Clearwater, see at least 18 unique works of art, from sculptures to murals during the Clearwater Arts Alliance's Inaugural Public Art Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Gather at Second Century Studios at 3:30 p.m. to meet and shop the Holiday Pop Up Market. The docent-led tour begins promptly at 4 p.m. and will last approximately one hour within a 6 block radius. Afterward, enjoy dinner at one of our city's fabulous downtown restaurants,…

Holiday Movie Night in the Park: Elf

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A holiday movie night at Station Square Park, featuring an outdoor screening of “Elf,” local vendors and Santa, starting at sunset. Improv comedy troupe Nine and Numb will keep the crowd entertained before the movie! This event is free and open to the public, part of the 2019 Holiday Extravaganza with the city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency. 

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