Possible 300-Unit 'Town Lake' Project Up for Bid

A possible 300-unit, mixed-use development could come to downtown Clearwater as the Town Lake project near Prospect Lake Park was sent out to developers to bid on this week.

A single penthouse unit at Waters Edge is available.

Station Square, a few blocks away on Cleveland Street, is filling up too.

One of the fastest growing demands for housing in Clearwater is for young professionals in urban environments, and those are the types of projects getting funding, according to city officials.

So, plans to build on the area near Prospect Lake Park, like the once scuttled Mediterranean Village in the Park that was only partially developed, are back on the table.

And this time there is more land available for developers.

City leaders are pushing to begin digging for the Town Lake project, a possible 300-unit, four story mixed-use development planned for downtown Clearwater, by June 2014.

“We’re back because we think it is timely to come out,” Rod Irwin, assistant city manager, said during the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting Monday.

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The City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved sending the project out for developers to bid on and expect to select a project by June. The developer is expected to be able to build it within 12 months, according to the proposal documents.

When it is built, expect to see these features:

  • The more than six-acre property fronts Cleveland Street and Prospect and Ewing avenues, circling the north side of Prospect Lake Park. When constructed, the major building massing is expected to be along Cleveland Street. 
  • Code allows for up to 30 dwelling units or 40 hotel units for each acre. More could be available from a special density pool.
  • The building should have a pedestrian orientation with no vehicle entrances on Cleveland Street. The development should make use of the site’s proximity to Prospect Lake Park but not wall it off.
  • The three- to four-story development could be up to 75 feet tall, according to city documents. Developers could request to go higher, although the process could add up to seven months to the project timeline.
  • The first floor would be devoted for commercial use, while residential units would be on the upper floors.

There is more land available for development after recent city purchases.

Already, the city has invested an estimated $6.5 million purchasing property and making the more than 6.5 acre site ready for development including dealing with environmental issues.

The city first started buying and assembling the property in the 1990s when much of the site was a car dealership. The city paid for remediation because of environmental concerns in 2004. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said the site is clear of contaminants and ready for development in 2010, according to city documents.

Officials purchased a few other properties expanding the area available to be developed to more than 6.5 acres recently.

The city bought 1.3 acres, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store site, in 2010. 

The city purchased 1005 Park St., a .6 acre commercial property, in Dec. 2012.

And just before approving the Town Lake project to go out to bid, leaders purchased 1021 Park St., for $120,000. That purchase could allow for vacating a portion of Park Street, that is, as long as environmental assessments, demolition and closing costs don't push the price past $165,000.

Proposal Selection Timeline:

February - Request for proposal

March - Proposal deadline

April - Project evaluations and rankings

May - Presentations

June - Selection approval by Community Redevelopment Agency

Jimmy p February 06, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Thats right, keep overdeveloping any piece of land you can find and soon clearwater will be looking like the New Jersey turnpike. For an area so dense, its amazing zoning like this is happening. This town is losing its natural look by the minute. It is so overpopulated, in the middle of the day you can go on route 60 and from one end to the other, it takes almost an hour now with traffic. There are so many empty buildings and businesses sitting vacant these days, the city should not permit a single thing till these places are renovated and filled.
Brian H February 06, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Natural look? Have you been in downtown at all? There are almost no APARTMENTS in the core for people to move downtown, not to mention the area of Prospect Lake serves no one sitting in between old empty buildings and brown fields. The condos that are there are great for those who wish to purchase but many would rather rent in urban areas.
monique thomas February 06, 2013 at 08:59 PM
This is Agenda 21 'Stack and Pack' coming to Clearwater. It's all for the kids!! Don't buy into it. In the following video note the Tampa Bay area on the map. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrj3YVUspqo Agenda 21 for Dummies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM And is everyone up on the Light Rail system trying to be implemented? http://railtaxfacts.com/
Michael H. February 23, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The simple reason that there are empty business and buildings downtown is that there are not enough people living downtown to support them on an everyday basis. Bring people in to live downtown and the area will flourish. I watched downtown Ft. Worth Tx. go through this same process almost 15 years ago, and now it is economically sound and a wonderful play to live and visit. Jimmy P., if its is taking you an hour to drive on 60, either get a better car or drive faster....do it regularly....Clearwater to Tampa...35 minutes.


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