CLEARWATER, FL. – The city of Clearwater invites the public to kick-off meetings on July 20 to discuss the beginning of construction July 26 on the Cleveland Streetscape Phase III and Festival Core project, which will bring major improvements to the area.
The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency and Engineering Department will be making improvements to roadways on Cleveland Street from Missouri Avenue east to San Remo Avenue and on Gulf to Bay Boulevard from Cleveland Street southeast to Court Street/Highland Avenue, to beautify and create a safer and more pedestrian-friendly downtown corridor.
Improvements will include:
- Replacement of underground utilities (water, stormwater, and sewer).
- New sidewalks, bike lanes, safer intersections and turn lanes.
- Enhanced stormwater treatment planting areas and extensive landscaping.
- Reconfiguration of on-street parking.
- Development of flexible public festival core space at Cleveland Street and Gulf to Bay Boulevard.
The project will consist of four phases, with all businesses remaining open during construction. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained to the greatest extent possible, and individuals occupying affected properties will be notified ahead of work in their area.
Changes to the schedule will be communicated at myclearwater.com/streetscape, at public meetings, and directly to adjacent property owners, tenants, and residents.
There will be significant community outreach from the city throughout the project, which is slated for completion in January 2023. Beginning July 20, the city will hold the first of quarterly public meetings to discuss the scope of the project, with two meetings at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., at Envios Universal, located at 1462 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
City staff will also be on-hand each Friday beginning July 30 to address questions and concerns from the public from 10 to 11 a.m., at Nature’s Food Patch, at 1225 Cleveland St.
For more information on the project, visit myclearwater.com/streetscape.
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