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Clearwater is looking for resident input on redevelopment plan

JIM DAMASKE   |   Times Citizens can give feedback on the city's $52 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan at two public meetings this month.
JIM DAMASKE | Times Citizens can give feedback on the city's $52 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan at two public meetings this month.
Published Aug. 16, 2018

CLEARWATER — Citizens can give feedback on the city's $52 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan at two public meetings this month.

Hired consultants submitted preliminary engineering plans for the project June 22, two months later than scheduled. The early design closely mirrors what was laid out in the conceptual plan finalized in February 2017.

Imagine Clearwater calls for converting Coachman Park into a garden with a playground, picnic areas and splash pad; building a green for concerts where the 429-space parking lot behind the Harborview Center is now; a nature element under the Memorial Causeway; a winding Bluff Walk with shaded paths, gardens and terraces; and a gateway plaza with water features and event space at the corner of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue, where the nearly empty Harborview Center now sits.

The only portion of Imagine Clearwater now expected to drag past 2021 is the redevelopment of the City Hall and Harborview sites into mixes of retail and residential uses. The city is free to demolish both buildings now but any redevelopment on the two sites must be approved by voters in a referendum.

Consultants are now finalizing engineering plans and construction is expected to begin in early 2019.

The workshops will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., and Aug. 22 at the Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive.