Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Clearwater

Early Imagine Clearwater plans are done. Here’s how to see them.

Give your city feedback on the $64 million plan at these public events.
A rendering of what Clearwater's downtown waterfront will look like once Imagine Clearwater's plans come to fruition. The mock-up is oriented so the top is the western waterfront and the bottom is the the eastern waterfront. In the southwest, a lake is planned underneath the Memorial Causeway. A shaded bluff walk will run along the waterfront's eastern edge, and in the middle of the complex, Clearwater plans to erect a 4,000-seat covered concert venue. In the north, what is now Coachman Park will be re-imagined as a new garden. [Stantec via the City of Clearwater]
A rendering of what Clearwater's downtown waterfront will look like once Imagine Clearwater's plans come to fruition. The mock-up is oriented so the top is the western waterfront and the bottom is the the eastern waterfront. In the southwest, a lake is planned underneath the Memorial Causeway. A shaded bluff walk will run along the waterfront's eastern edge, and in the middle of the complex, Clearwater plans to erect a 4,000-seat covered concert venue. In the north, what is now Coachman Park will be re-imagined as a new garden. [Stantec via the City of Clearwater]
Published Nov. 26

CLEARWATER — The plans are in, and the city is ready for you to see them.

City officials will present early design plans for the ambitious downtown waterfront redevelopment project known as Imagine Clearwater at a series of public meetings beginning next week. The meetings will give citizens a chance to offer public officials their feedback on the $64 million remake of Coachman Park and some surrounding city-owned land.

The meetings will be held:

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. in downtown Clearwater

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. at Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater

Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Countryside Mall, 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. at North Greenwood Recreation Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater

Those events, which have also been publicized on Facebook and Eventbrite, won’t be residents’ only opportunities to weigh in on Imagine Clearwater. The city also plans to hold public feedback sessions after it finalizes 60 percent and 90 percent design plans next year.

“The ’30-60-90′ design development process is common across many design industries. Design plans are provided to the project site owner at 30 percent, 60 percent and 90 percent completion. At each stage of the design process, the plan sets become more complex and technical,” the city’s news release noted.

Clearwater has also started a website dedicated to Imagine Clearwater, imagineclearwater.com, where residents can offer their feedback on the design plans starting Dec. 3.

The plans for Imagine Clearwater include a shaded bluff walk, new gardens and a scenic lake in the transformed park, a new event space at Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue, a $6 million remake of the Clearwater Main Library, and shiny new developments at the city-owned former Harborview and City Hall sites. The city also plans to build a boutique, $14 million, 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater in the new downtown park.

To read more about Imagine Clearwater, check out some of our past coverage:

Is Imagine Clearwater a park first, or a concert venue?

Imagine Clearwater is taking shape. Here’s the latest on the $60 million-plus downtown waterfront.

Clearwater wants residents downtown. This study shows why that’s not happening.

Scientology’s top donor pitches a museum for Clearwater City Hall

One giant leap for Imagine Clearwater: council votes for $30 million bond measure

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Clearwater police Maj. David Dalton stands with Yael Hershfield, deputy director of the Anti-Defamation League's Florida region, after receiving the league's law enforcement award Tuesday in Palm Beach. The organization recognized Dalton for “his commitment to ensuring that law enforcement personnel adhere to the highest standards of policing while treating all citizens fairly and with respect," according to a news release. [Courtesy of David Dalton] [Courtesy of David Dalton]
    Clearwater Maj. David Dalton received the Anti-Defamation League’s law enforcement award for “his commitment to ensuring that law enforcement personnel adhere to the highest standards of policing...
  2. All 13 candidates running for three Clearwater City Council seats participated in a forum at St. Petersburg College Clearwater library on Dec. 7. [TRACEY MCMANUS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    With nine candidates running for two council seats and four vying for mayor, the season’s first forum served as an introduction.
  3. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
The closed sign hangs on the entrance of the tract at Oldsmar BMX, 3120 Tampa Road, in Oldsmar on Friday, May 3, 2019. The world famous BMX track in Oldsmar shut down suddenly earlier this year. The city cited safety concerns after a routine building inspection, and a subsequent report confirmed that serious structural issues in the track's walls exist. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The track remains closed indefinitely.
  4. Cars pack Interstate 275 south just past downtown Tampa. Downtown Tampa is the loudest neighborhood in the Tampa metropolitan area, which is the loudest metro in the nation, according to a Zillow analysis based on noise-mapping data collected in urban and rural areas nationwide by the National Park Service. (Times (2010) [Times (2010)]
    The online real estate company used sound-mapping information collected by the National Park Service (yes, really) to compile its noisiest metros ranking.
  5. Prospective rivals to Apollo Global Management had until 11:59 p.m. Monday to submit a competing bid for Tech Data during what is known as a "go-shop" period. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Prospective bidders had until 11:59 p.m. Monday to submit competing offers for Tech Data during what is known as a “go-shop” period.
  6. Largo police are looking for a man accused of sexually battering and robbing a woman inside a massage business on E Bay Drive on Dec. 8. [Largo Police Department]
    The incident took place on Sunday and police are searching for a suspect.
  7. St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow warms up before the beginning of the Mets at Threshers game at Spectrum Field Aug. 17, 2017. Clearwater is seeking a $79.7 million renovation of Spectrum Field and the Carpenter training complex used by the Philadelphia Phillies and Clearwater Threshers. [DOUGLAS CLIFFORD  |  Times]
    The city faces a number of landmines.
  8. This rendering shows Scientology's proposed L. Ron Hubbard Hall, a 3,600-seat auditorium with an all-glass facade at the corner of Garden Avenue and Court Street in downtown Clearwater. [Courtesy City of Clearwater]
    Plans for L. Ron Hubbard Hall go back 26 years. If constructed, it would have more seats than Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  9. Four board members at Horizon House co-op had their locks targeted by a vandal Thanksgiving week. Clearwater police are currently investigating the incident. [Edward Schmoll]
    Four members of the Horizon House HOA board had their front-door locks vandalized during the Thanksgiving holiday.
  10. Jamie Harden of Creative Sign Designs and Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place discuss priorities for the Tampa Bay Chamber for the coming year. Harden is the outgoing chairman of the chamber. Ferenc is the incoming chairwoman. [RICHARD DANIELSON | Times]
    Leadership of the organization, formerly the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, also says it could have handled its recent name change better.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement