Monthly Meetup with the CRA

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 January 2021, 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.

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Letters of Interest (LOI)

The Community Redevelopment agency is soliciting LOIs for two properties located in Downtown Clearwater. The addresses are:

115 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue

1250 Cleveland Street

This slide deck contains information on each property and guidance on how to submit the LOI. The CRA Trustees have approved the proposed land uses and incentive amounts for each property.

LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit the following information if you would like to work with the CRA on redeveloping these sites:

  1. Identification – Please identify the responding entity and provide contact information.
  2. Basis of interest – Please describe the intended use, parking needs and desired changes to the site and/or building.
  3. Financial information – Do you anticipate requesting either a long-term lease or a sale of the premises? Do you anticipate a request for public funding to support the redevelopment of the site/building?
  4. Relevant experience – Please furnish information regarding the entity’s experience with redevelopment projects in urban areas.

Please submit any questions and LOIs electronically to Amanda Thompson, CRA Director at

Download the slide deck here


City of Clearwater Opportunity Zone 

Census Tract 259.00 (12103025900) – Downtown Clearwater

The Opportunity Zone Program was created as part of the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Opportunity Zones are economically distressed census tracts designated by the U.S. Treasury Department. By investing in an Opportunity Zone, through a qualifying Opportunity Fund, investors can defer and/or reduce their federal capital gains tax liability. These tax benefits increase the longer investments are held. There is no cap on the amount of capital that can be invested and the Opportunity Zone incentives can be applied to a wide range of investments in real estate and operating companies.


The Downtown Clearwater tract contains 851 acres. It is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, Drew Street on the north, Lakeview Road on the South, Missouri Avenue on the east. Opportunity Zone aerial map with outline of entire zone in red and CRA in green

Land Use/Zoning

The northern half of the tract is Activity Center due to its designation as a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The southern portion of the tract contains a mixed uses including Residential, Office, Retail/Services, and Employment.


The northern half is Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) and the City of Clearwater offers unique incentives as part of its CRA program including grant funding for commercial property owners for building improvements.  Most of the tract is a state designated Brownfield Area and the entire tract is a NMTC Higher Distress area.


The tract houses both the City and County governments’ center and the County Courthouse.  It is a focus of redevelopment efforts through the CRA and Imagine Clearwater, a new master plan to revitalize the Clearwater waterfront.  The CRA has tax increment financing funds to assist in the redevelopment and revitalization of the area.  Public investments already made include substantial streetscape for Cleveland Street.


There are excellent opportunities for all types of redevelopment in this tract.  Downtown offers an urban setting for office, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.


For more information on the CRA’s opportunity zone, contact Amanda Thompson Jaquez, CRA Director, at 727-562-4072 or For more information on the city’s opportunity zones, contact Denise Sanderson, Economic Development and Housing Director at 727-562-4031 or

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