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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Going Green in The District: 4RWorld Mobile Refillery

June 24
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until August 26, 2021

The District in Downtown Clearwater is pleased to welcome 4RWorld, Tampa Bay's first mobile refilling station for household (and body) cleaners! You know those earth-destroping "single-use" containers (Tide / Windex / 409 / Shampoo / Conditioners / Dawn / Bath Gel bottles, etc. ) you're recycling - why not RE-USE them? 4RWorld's mobile refilling station offers you eco-friendly products which are safe and natural for you and the environment, too! We will be giving 4RWorld a "home" on the 4th…

Office Hours: CRA Business Assistance Grants

June 24 @ 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…

Dine Out For A Difference: 10% funds art & music scholarships for Clearwater kids

June 24 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dine Out For A Difference next-gen Clearwater artists (our kids!) Celebrating creativity in all of our children! Dine Out Thursday 6/24 Each month, restaurant members of The District join forces to donate 10% of their evening revenue to a locale charity. This month's Dine Out For A Difference will help provide scholarships for the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts. The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts provides arts education for all ages and abilities both on the…

Trivia at 530 Pub & Grill

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until December 31, 2021

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

Trivia at 530 Pub & Grill

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until December 31, 2021

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

Market Marie: Artisan and Farmer’s Market in Downtown

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A brand new outdoor farmer's market is coming to downtown Clearwater every second Saturday! Join more than 40 vendors to discover and buy fresh produce, flowers, jewelry, accessories, food trucks, candles, skin care, art, thrifted clothes, pet goodies, vegan and baked goods, and more! Note that in July, The Market Marie will take place the *first* Saturday of the month.    

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