Community Redevelopment Agency

Urban Land Institute

The Clearwater 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. 

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. The Community Redevelopment Agency's mission/vision/goals are:

  • Improving the central city economy by leveraging public-private partnerships and creating residential and commercial stability.
  • Revitalization, rehabilitation and stabilization of commercial buildings, lots and residential neighborhoods to accommodate new commercial, office and residential projects and expand existing businesses.
  • 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.

Clearwater City Council members serve as board members of the Community Redevelopment Agency. View the CRA Boundary Map(PDF, 277KB).

Grants

As of April 21, 2021, the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has adopted three new business assistance grant programs for downtown Clearwater commercial property owners and tenants starting May 1, 2021. The programs total more than $1.5 million over two years and are at three varying levels that address both short and long-term challenges in the CRA’s 488-acre boundary.

The three grant programs are focused on reducing blight and filling vacant ground-floor commercial spaces with uses that generate pedestrian activity within the entirety of the CRA district. Once approved, applicants will have between six months and one year to implement interior or exterior renovations.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting May 1 and are subject to CRA approval and budget availability. Interested parties should note that no projects will be funded retroactively, and applications must be approved prior to beginning work.

Throughout the months of May and June, CRA staff will be available for office hours to answer questions on the three business assistance grant programs. Interested parties can book a time to meet with CRA staff every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more. For more information visit: downtownclearwater.com

Below are the three available new grants:

Commercial Beautification Program:

Whitebox Program:

Vacancy Reduction Program: