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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Music Bingo at 530 Pub & Grill

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

A fun event playing your favorite songs! Win Awesome prizes and compete with your friends.

Office Hours: CRA Business Assistance Grants

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Questions about business assistance grants from the city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency in Downtown Clearwater? On Thursdays in May and June from 10 a.m. to noon, the CRA will hold virtual office hours to meet with local business and property owners to address questions about the CRA's Business Assistance Grant Programs. During these sessions, CRA staff will review the Beautification Grant, Whitebox Grant, and Vacancy Reduction Grant offerings within the CRA district. Schedule a time to meet with Howard…

Trivia at 530 Pub & Grill

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

Trivia you won't want to miss! Test your knowledge and win awesome prizes!

Downtown Clearwater Public Art Walk Tour

May 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy a leisurely stroll while enjoying and learning about our city's vibrant downtown public art scene. The tour will take around 1 hour, beginning at the Clearwater Main Library and ending near the Capitol Theater. After the walk, we welcome you to dine at one of our splendid downtown eateries. We are limiting groups to 15 individuals, not including children. If necessary, we will host additional walks leaving in 15 minute intervals. Please follow the provided link to purchase tickets.…

Downtown Clearwater Public Art Walk Tour

May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy a leisurely stroll while enjoying and learning about our city's vibrant downtown public art scene. The tour will take around 1 hour, beginning at the Clearwater Main Library and ending near the Capitol Theater. After the walk, we welcome you to dine at one of our splendid downtown eateries. We are limiting groups to 15 individuals, not including children. If necessary, we will host additional walks leaving in 15 minute intervals. Please follow the provided link to purchase tickets.…

Office Hours: CRA Business Assistance Grants

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Questions about business assistance grants from the city of Clearwater's Community Redevelopment Agency in Downtown Clearwater? On Thursdays in May and June from 10 a.m. to noon, the CRA will hold virtual office hours to meet with local business and property owners to address questions about the CRA's Business Assistance Grant Programs. During these sessions, CRA staff will review the Beautification Grant, Whitebox Grant, and Vacancy Reduction Grant offerings within the CRA district. Schedule a time to meet with Howard…

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