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Old November 25th, 2015, 06:13 PM   #21
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The city is shopping 6 lots, all of them decently sized.

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Clearwater promotes redevelopment of six downtown sites
Article published on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater is promoting six downtown sites for economic development in an effort to help spur more growth in the city’s historic downtown.

The development of the private and city-owned land is helping to serve as a catalyst for future development and growth in the area. The city’s Economic Development and Housing Department is leading the marketing campaign targeting commercial developers, site selectors, lenders and real estate brokers locally and nationally. A brochure has been completed touting the downtown locations, and a copy of the brochure accompanies the press release.

The properties range from 2.1 acres to 4.2 acres and offer an opportunity for mixed-use developments, including multi-family housing and commercial offices.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 03:20 AM   #22
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Clearwater residents to vote on referendum to revitalize waterfront
Evan Axelbank reports
By: Evan Axelbank, FOX 13 News
POSTED: DEC 03 2015 09:36PM EST
UPDATED: DEC 03 2015 11:14PM EST

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - Tony Starova wishes his pizza place was always busy, but in downtown Clearwater, he's only full on weekends.

"We need other venues to bring people down here and to be like a normal downtown," he said. "Now we need to act."

City leaders agree.

Photo Clearwater residents to vote on referendum to revitalize waterfront
"We are at a standstill," said Mayor George Cretekos.

Right now, city rules say they can't even entertain the prospect of a business opening at either the slips, the library, or nearby.

"(We need to make) it an experience for you to come and enjoy, not just when we have a jazz holiday, not just when we have John and Mary Kay Wilson singing with us at the Fourth of July."

Thursday night, commissioners agreed that city residents should vote on a referendum in March on a plan that would hopefully turn boat slips into money magnets.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 07:48 AM   #23
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Does anyone know, what's going on on the lot on Coronado across the street from the Hyatt? I have seen a drone vid that showed that the lot is fenced in and some dirt was being moved. Is it gonna be a temporary parking lot until it will be developed?
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Old January 5th, 2016, 03:32 AM   #24
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Clearwater reveals recommendations for marina enhancements

By LOGAN MOSBY
Article published on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
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Recommendations for Clearwater Harbor Marina include:

• Focus on maintaining a connection between land and water.
• Improve boater experience so access is easy and secure.
• Improve nonboater access to waterfront areas.
• Connect Land with Water.
• Push back parking approximately 10 feet to create a pedestrian public space along the waterfront.
• Create a waterfront attraction.
• Expand boat docks.
• Reduce distance to facilities.
• Add wayfinding signs.

Recommendations for Clearwater Beach Marina include:

• Increase pedestrian access along the waterfront.
• Create wider sidewalks.
• Add landscaping along sidewalks.
• Upgrade docks for access.
• Add day docks.
• Enhance marina edge.
• Provide wayfinding.
• Replace existing docks with state-of-the-art floating docks.
• Provide public restrooms.

Recommendations for Seminole Street Boat Launch include:

• Maintain and enhance boating access.
• Improve public access to the waterfront.
• Add a trailer queueing lane.
• Add staging docks.
• Provide access to restrooms.
• Support an enhanced marina store.
• Support a waterfront hotel.
• Reorganize traffic flow to provide a trailer queue lane.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 07:56 AM   #25
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Downtown Clearwater: development brings residential, restaurants, retail
KIMBERLY PATTERSON | TUESDAY, JANUARY 05, 2016

Walk the streets of downtown Clearwater and you will see cranes in the air, traffic cones lining the streets and the feeling that a lot of change is coming to the neighborhood.

“The city and the community redevelopment agency’s (CRA) redevelopment strategy emphasizes the creation of a significant residential concentration in and around the downtown core to create and support a retail and recreation destination environment,” says Geraldine Lopez, Director of Economic Development and Housing for the city of Clearwater.

According to Lopez, there are currently two residential projects in the works. The Nolen, a $34 million mixed-use building that includes 257 apartments and approximately 10,000-square-feet of retail space, with construction expected to be completed this fall.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #26
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Clearwater is definitely in transition, there are restaurants that are offering really great foods and they are busy.

La Fondita de Leo is one of them, amazing Island style food and very affordable. Some other new places like Fuku Japanese, Basil Fusion just arrived and very good. Fuku is owned by the former sushi chef at Lemon Grass in St Pete I believe, he still lives down there.

There is Capitol Beer House, Tony's Pizza, Chaing Mai Thai, Greek Town Grill and a few other places that have been around for awhile now.

Its not a place to come for the evening yet, still more gaps along Cleveland Street both in the amount of places empty and night life.

There is a need for a late night club that isn't a restaurant in disguise. Maybe a few more bars along the stretch.

The Nolen will help bring 500 new residents assuming a good portion will be occupied by couples and not single residents.

The new condo Skyview is adding a floor to their plan and that should also add some noticeable added residents.

Its worth checking out on a Friday, especially if you are also interested in going to the beach as well.

A couple great places just outside of downtown are Okeefes and Cristinos coal oven pizza. Cristinos opened a place in Ybor not long ago.

*Check out the Downtown Clearwater or Cleveland Street District pages on FB.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 02:54 AM   #27
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Nolen update:

https://www.facebook.com/TheNolen/posts/510039259157277

Skyview update:

https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCle...type=3&theater
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 04:15 AM   #28
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Clearwater to consider North Marina plan By Mark Schantz
Clearwater Gazette Correspondent Published: January 21, 2016

CLEARWATER — City officials are considering the Urban Land Institute’s North Marina Master Plan to determine how the downtown and waterfront can best be redeveloped as part of a public-private partnership.

The marina plan by ULI Tampa Bay was produced with the assistance of city staf.

The North Marina Area is bounded by Cedar Street to the north, the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail and Blanche B. Littlejohn Trail to the east, parcels fronting Eldridge Street to the south, and Clearwater Harbor to the west.

According to an ULI and staff report, the 55-acres “include underutilized and vacant properties that are in need of redevelopment.”

It adds: “A large percentage (24 percent) of the North Marina Area is undeveloped land, totaling 13.3 acres and 52 parcels. Vacant, deteriorated and for-sale properties dominate the landscape.”
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Old January 26th, 2016, 03:43 AM   #29
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Part of an article regarding Bill Marriott's visit to Tampa Bay...

Source: Tampa Bay Times
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While Marriott International's current CEO, Arne Sorenson, has been talking global issues at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Marriott spoke here of the 200-plus company hotels already in Florida and the potential for more across the state and the Tampa Bay area.

"I have always been bullish on Florida," he said.

He said he had just viewed plans for a 150-room J.W. Marriott hotel, complete with 35 condos, in Clearwater.
More: http://www.tampabay.com/news/busines...ential/2262730

Kind of curious as to where this is planned...
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Old January 26th, 2016, 03:35 PM   #30
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Part of an article regarding Bill Marriott's visit to Tampa Bay...

Source: Tampa Bay Times


More: http://www.tampabay.com/news/busines...ential/2262730

Kind of curious as to where this is planned...
I would love for it to be in Downtown Clearwater, but I know that is a complete shot in the dark.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 03:37 PM   #31
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Part of an article regarding Bill Marriott's visit to Tampa Bay...

Source: Tampa Bay Times


More: http://www.tampabay.com/news/busines...ential/2262730

Kind of curious as to where this is planned...
Also, it is nice to have top brass like that speak so highly of our region. He wants to pour money into the Vinoy, reviewed plans for a Clearwater hotel, and met with Vinik. Pretty cool stuff.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 10:50 PM   #32
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Seems pretty obvious that would be on the beach. If it's not the brand for the recently approved hotel at the southern terminus of the beachwalk, then IDK what it would be for either.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #33
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As to the Marriott interview, wonder about this,

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"He said he had just viewed plans for a 150-room J.W. Marriott hotel, complete with 35 condos, in Clearwater. And he said Marriott will be investing "a whole lot of money" into the Vinoy to "make it better."
Huh? Can someone update me... Is this the tower rumored for Downtown Clearwater?
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Old February 5th, 2016, 07:50 PM   #34
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^We have no information on it. We imagine it would have to be on the beach though.
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Skyview update:

https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCle...89317394433851

Nolen Update:

https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCle...89319327766991
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Clearwater voters asked to loosen waterfront restrictions
Tracey McManusTracey McManus, Times Staff Writer
Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:58am

CLEARWATER — Voters will have another chance next month to allow development along the downtown waterfront, something they've shot down in other referendums over the past 16 years.

This time around, the vote comes as a legislative bill also is in the pipeline to lift state restrictions on a small portion of the Bluff.

Although the bill and referendum are not related, they are both steps being taken to accommodate future planning for how to make the Bluff and Coachman Park more accessible, said City Attorney Pam Akin. Later this year, the city plans to hire a consultant to create a master redevelopment plan for the area, which will incorporate the Bluff, Coachman Park and the North Marina neighborhood into more visitor-friendly attractions.

On the March 15 ballot, three of the seven referendum questions relate to the Bluff, the area roughly between the water and Osceola Avenue between Drew and Pierce streets.

They ask voters to decide whether to allow:

• Designated parking for boat slip users, restroom facilities, ticket booths, directional signs and non-motorized recreation equipment rentals at the downtown Clearwater Harbor Marina.

• Construction of a new bandshell or additions to the current bandshell in Coachman Park. The city charter does not allow for any expansion, relocation or additions to the existing bandshell. This question also would allow for relocation of the tennis courts currently below City Hall.

• Portions of the downtown Main Library to be leased and used for a cafe or restaurant, special events, art galleries or other compatible uses.
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As a resident, I really hope this passes. That parking lot is an eyesore and really takes away from what is a beautiful view of CWB and Caladesi.

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That Pierce Street Market is a huge success down there, makes you really consider how much can be done with the downtown waterfront.
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That Pierce Street Market is a huge success down there, makes you really consider how much can be done with the downtown waterfront.
I need to check that out.
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Does anyone know if the Pier 60 Park renovations in Clearwater Beach are finished by now?
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