If all goes as planned, downtown Clearwater may look totally different in the not-so-distant future.
Several steps need to be made before that happens, however.
Clearwater’s City Council will be voting on two separate occasions to change the City Charter to allow the bluff properties to be sold. Voters would then vote on the following referendum on November 8:
Shall the Clearwater City Charter be amended to allow the City, instead of selling the vacant City Hall and a portion of the former Harborview sites to the highest bidder at a public auction, to sell the properties to Gotham Property Acquisitions and The DeNunzio Group; who will create approximately 600 apartments and 158-key hotel, retail, entertainment, restaurants and cultural uses available to all Clearwater residents, as further described and limited by City Ordinance 9597-22?
Project partners, Gotham Organization and The DeNunzio Group, proposed paying the city $9.3 million for the Harborview site and $15.4 million for the old City Hall.
On Harborview, the group envisions a 13-story, 158-room hotel with 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a conference center, a rooftop bar and pool, and 163 below-ground parking spaces.
The City Hall property would see two 27-story towers with 600 apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 600 below-ground parking spaces.
Terms and details may still yet change, however.
Coachman Park is currently being renovated in an $84 million project called Imagine Clearwater. The 22-acre park will be finished and will include new 4,000-seat covered amphitheater, an expansive park and recreational spaces, a gateway plaza and bluff walk.
To see live web cams of the progress on the Imagine Clearwater Project, visit www.myclearwater.com/residents/imagine-clearwater-new
Bluff Properties Proposal in Photos
Coachman Park Plan in Photos
Photos courtesy of Gotham Organization, The DeNunzio Group, and the City of Clearwater
For more information on Imagine Clearwater visit www.myclearwater.com/residents/imagine-clearwater-new.
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