Water’s Edge retail space purchased

Water’s Edge retail layout (conceptual and subject to change).

Water’s Edge resident Daniels Ikajevs has purchased the entirety of the commercial/retail space on the building’s street level and is on the lookout for suitable tenants. He shares our vision for downtown and is interested solely in tenants that are the right fit for Water’s Edge and downtown as a whole.

His priority is to attract a restaurant for the 4,000 sf space along the driveway, which was built with food service in mind. The preference is an upper-end restaurant that emphasizes dinner. Outdoor seating is available on the corner of the building.

The retail space along Osceola is ideal for boutique-style shops and businesses.

For inquiries, contact Simee Adhikari at 727-851-2935.

Capitol Theatre – the anchor for downtown’s revival

“The Cap” has already proven itself by drawing thousands to downtown with more than 100 events in the past year. But it’s about to get even better.

The theater is embarking on a major renovation with a new facade, expanded lobby, larger restrooms, and an outdoor balcony. Seating will be expanded from 485 to nearly 750, and it’s estimated that the shows will triple to nearly 300 per year.

Initially, the renovation will not interfere with show operations but starting in March the theater will be closed until its re-opening in mid-October.

Ruth Eckerd president Zev Buffman’s vision doesn’t stop with the Capitol renovations. He proposes razing the mostly vacant Harborview convention center and replacing it with a public park complex centered on an outdoor amphitheater, with seating for about 4,000 and entertainment programmed by Ruth Eckerd Hall.

AmSouth building conversion to condos?

Conceptual plans for the old AmSouth building

Though it is only in the conceptual stage, planning is moving forward to convert the old AmSouth building on the corner of Cleveland and Osceola into condominiums plus retail space on the ground floor.

Proposed are 52 condos, almost all of which would be two-bedroom units.

Again, this is in a very preliminary stage and we are keeping our fingers crossed. It would be a wonderful upgrade to downtown.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Our waterfront “greyfield”

Downtown has – potentially – one of the prettiest waterfronts on the west coast of Florida and one of the very few waterfront bluffs in the southeastern United States.

But it’s covered in asphalt and the behemoth Harborview Center that many refer to as a “Berlin Wall”.

Across the nation, cities are demolishing defunct buildings and tearing out asphalt to create attractive family-oriented public spaces and parks. Downtown Clearwater has a golden opportunity here.

Now is the time to make your thoughts known to city officials. What would you like to see? Voice your opinion to city leaders