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East Gateway District
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EAST GATEWAY STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY GROUP

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) would like to thank everyone that submitted an application for the East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group. We are in the process of reviewing the applications and we will contact each individual by Friday, November 22, 2013.

For questions or additional information, please contact Ekaterini Gerakios-Siren at (727) 562-4047 or Ekaterini.Gerakios-Siren@myclearwater.com.


News logoEAST GATEWAY NEWS

2013

10/01/13 - City of Clearwater Seeks New East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group Members

07/03/13 - Nature's Food Patch Named One of Top 12 Right-to-Know Grocers

05/09/13 - Spatman Wipes out Grease at the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market

05/03/13 - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Clearwater

04/16/13 - Earth Day at the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market

01/12/13 - JWB YouTube Video from the Grand Opening of the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market

03/26/13 - Maxa Enterprises Receives the First East Gateway Best Curb Side Appeal Award

03/20/13 - Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market Doubles Your Dollars

01/24/13 - Save-A-Lot Opening in the East Gateway

01/12/13 - Clearwater launches Saturday Market

01/11/13 - Gateway Farmers Market to Celebrate Grand Opening

2011-2012

08/13/12 - Clean-up Continues

03/21/12 - Clearwater Buys East Gateway Land

01/11/12 - East Gateway Vision Plan Unveiled

06/12/11 - Clearwater Working on Plan to Fix East Gateway

05/23/11 - Hundreds pack Glen Oaks Park for East Gateway Hispanic Festival

04/29/11 - With Demolition of Economy Inn, Clearwater Hopes to Kick Off New Era


DEVELOPMENT OF A VISION PLAN

The Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan describes the vision for the East Gateway Character District as:

"...a vibrant, stable, diverse neighborhood defined by its unique cultural base and mixed land uses. It will continue to be developed as a low and medium density residential neighborhood supported with neighborhood commercial and professional offices concentrated along the major corridors of Cleveland Street, Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Court Street and Missouri Avenue. The areas northeast of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and north of Cleveland Street, and east of Hillcrest Avenue should be maintained as a primarily low density, low-rise residential neighborhood. The areas southwest of Gulf to Bay Boulevard, south of Cleveland Street, and north of Cleveland Street west of Hillcrest Avenue are appropriate for medium- and high-density multi-family residential. Institutional uses should remain primarily south of Cleveland Street."

In response to a recommendation from the East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group, the CRA hired a consultant to develop a comprehensive and collaborative neighborhood vision plan that is currently underway. For more information (scope of work, timeline, charrette process, etc), please visit the Vision Plan Web page.


PROGRESS REPORTS


DEMOLITION OF THE ECONOMY INN

On December 8, 2010, the Clearwater CRA purchased the former Economy Inn Motel along with several adjacent properties. The assemblage represents a strategic 2.2-acre redevelopment opportunity at a central location in the East Gateway.

On April 28, 2011, the city began demolition of the structure to help revitalize the neighborhood and prepare the property for future redevelopment. Photos of the demolition are now available online.


ACTION

The East Gateway District Task Force is a team of City staff from various departments responsible for implementing the Five-Year Action Program. The Task Force meets regularly to report progress, share information and ideas, and collaborate on solutions to neighborhood issues. The April 2009 Progress Report identifies the accomplishments and progress of the City and the East Gateway community in achieving the neighborhood's revitalization goals. In the following, a summary of current Task Force efforts is provided:

Facade & Building Lot Improvement Program

Because strong commercial districts have a stabilizing influence on neighborhoods, the Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) established the East Gateway District Façade & Building Lot Improvement Program. The purpose of the program is to assist East Gateway District commercial property owners in improving the appearance of building exteriors and building sites that are highly visible from major streets. The program's primary goal is to stimulate further investment in the district by transforming the look and feel of commercial corridors.

Up to $35,000 in "loan-to-grant" funds are available to a property owner that contributes private funds equal to or greater than 20% of the established loan amount. Funding for improvement projects will be allocated to eligible commercial property owners on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

Sidewalk Project

Many streets in this part of downtown do not have sidewalks - basic infrastructure for a walkable neighborhood. Priorities for new sidewalk projects were set by the East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and the Business & Neighbors Association (BNA). By September 2010 the City completed work on Pierce St (San Remo to Highland); Jefferson Ave (Cleveland to Drew); Franklin St (Bridge to Gulf to Bay); Laura St (Highland to Hillcrest); and Grove St (Highland to Hillcrest).

New sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of De Leon Street (from S. Hillcrest Avenue to San Remo Ave). Construction will begin in January 2011 and is expected to be completed by April 2011. Additionally, new sidewalks will be constructed in other areas of the East Gateway District in 2011 after receiving community input.

Multicultural Celebrations

A primary goal of the East Gateway Five-Year Action Plan is to meaningfully involve residents, businesses and others in the neighborhood revitalization process. By doing so, the City can be more informed and responsive to the needs, values and preferences of people that reside, work, serve and invest in the neighborhood. To get the word out about the Action Program and to invite greater public participation by the neighborhood's Hispanic community, the East Gateway Task Force held an ice cream social and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 27, 2009. During the event, members of the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and the Business and Neighbors Association (BNA) distributed neighborhood information and discussed East Gateway needs and efforts. There were fun kids activities too! Thanks to our East Gateway businesses La Feria del Sabor for the wonderful Mexican ice cream and Piñatas Arcoiris for the delightful piñata.

Talento 2010

Neighborhood Creates Mural Arts District to Stimulate Economic Turnaround - View photos

Gulf to Bay/Highland Intersection Improvements

The goal for this project is to create an inviting entryway to the East Gateway district and the downtown area, as well as to address safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Decorative entryway features - including a landscaped median with obelisk and street trees, neighborhood identity markers, public art and colorized crosswalks - will be constructed at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Blvd., Court St. (SR 60) and Highland Ave. Safety features will include crosswalks at all five legs of the intersection, a right turn lane modification with directional signage on westbound Gulf to Bay at Highland Ave and mast arm supported traffic signals. The estimated project cost is $1 million, funded through Penny for Pinellas.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS

Because change is inherent to the revitalization process, meaningful community involvement is critical to successful implementation of the Five-Year Action Program. Opportunities for community input and participation will be on-going during the five-year program period, including bi-monthly meetings of the East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and monthly meetings of the East Gateway Business & Neighbors Association (BNA). The BNA meets at 6:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact clearwater.egbna@gmail.com to learn about the upcoming meeting location and agenda. All meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend and participate.

East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group

2012

2011

2010


For Information Contact:
Ekaterini Gerakios
Community Development Manager
Economic Development & Housing Department
Ekaterini.Gerakios@myclearwater.com
(727) 562-4047

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Shopping and Dining Guide

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East Gateway District Map

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Five-Year Action Program
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Guiding Principles
East Gateway District


Build on neighborhood strengths - repair, reconnect, regenerate.

"It takes a village" - create synergies through partnerships.

Promote socio-economic diversity through a mix of housing - both market rate and affordable.

Value residences, shops and active uses over automobile parking.

Make streets safe and attractive places to walk, bike and meet.

Build cultural capacity to establish and nurture a creative economy.

Value the "triple bottom line" - consider the economy, environment and social fabric in decision-making.