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East Gateway District
...on the path to revitalization!



04/30/16Dia del Nino (Children's Day)

02/05/16 - Community Garden


02/05/15Community Garden Planned for Clearwater’s East Gateway


09/13/15Savory Event in Clearwater Celebrates Mexican Independence

11/24/15Pianos In Pinellas Launches On Tuesday (Greektown Grille and Nature’s Food Patch)


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

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

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

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

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

01/12/13 - Clearwater launches Saturday Market


08/13/12 - Clean-up Continues

03/21/12 - Clearwater Buys East Gateway Land

01/11/12 - East Gateway Vision Plan Unveiled


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.



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

“With the exception of a few areas that will be undertaken after the Stormwater project is finalized, the East Gateway Sidewalk project is nearing completion.”

Sidewalk Before Image
Sidewalk After Image


The East Gateway storm water project is undergoing with the following milestones:
Construction documents completed: September 2016
Send out to bid: September 2016
Construction: January 2017 to December 2017

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.

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.


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 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

The East Gateway Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) is an advisory body whose purpose is to make recommendations and provide key information to assist with the implementation of East Gateway projects and initiatives.

On October 2012 the CRA Board approved a new East Gateway District Five-Year Action Program for FY 2012-2017.

The SAG plays an important role in the East Gateway Five-Year Action Program implementation process by:

Providing first-hand information regarding neighborhood activities and concerns

Identifying potential controversies

Providing an “outside perspective”

Providing solutions that meet East Gateway needs and values

Suggesting ways to increase community involvement

The current structure of the group is:
Resident Category (3)
Property Owner Category (2)
Business Owner Category (1)
Institution Category (0)
Social Service Provider Category (2)
Special Interest Group Category (2)

For Information Contact:
Gabe Parra
Community Development Manager
Economic Development & Housing Department
Office: (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
FY 2012-2017
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Community Events
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District Demographics

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.