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Call for artists

Our Perspective: Our Cultures, Our Community  

Culture is how communities come together through shared experiences, customs, art and way of life. 

Through the visual arts, share with us your perspective on your culture or a culture you admire. What are the traditions, beliefs, or celebrations that make your culture unique? And how do our unique perspectives foster a strong community? 

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 20 – Oct. 27, 2019

Artwork: 1 to 2 pieces of Original Artwork 2-D (wire hung) or 3-D. All mediums accepted. 2D pieces must be smaller than 36” x 36”. Inappropriate or flagrant artwork will not be accepted. Artwork will hang for 5 weeks at Second Century Studios.  

Location: Second Century Studios331 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 33755 

Contact: Tarin Mohajeri, program coordinator for the Community Redevelopment Agency, at tarin.mohajeri@myclearwater.com by Sept. 5, 2019

 

*Images featured, clockwise from top left:

Zhou Zhuang Dancers, Paper Collageby Wendy Boucher

Habitat Warrior, Mixed Media, by Sue Ebert

Melting Pot, Mixed Media with Wire Sculpture, by Judy Vienneau

 


 

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.

Description

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.

Designations

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.

General

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.

Opportunities

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.

Contact

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

 


Letters of Interest

None at this time.