The Next Hot Business Hub: Clearwater’s U.S. 19 Corridor

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The Next Hot Business Hub: Clearwater’s U.S. 19 Corridor

Clearwater city planners have a vision for transforming the stretch of U.S. 19 within city limits into Tampa Bay’s next flourishing mixed-use corridor, ideal for corporate growth and relocations. This prime area provides many advantages, including closeness to Tampa International Airport and key commerce centers.

 

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Nestled near Tampa International Airport and major commercial hubs, the U.S. 19 corridor functions as the main north-south route for the workforce traveling through Pinellas County and beyond. Its strategic position makes it an attractive zone for businesses seeking relocation or expansion. The convenient access to the airport and downtown Tampa adds to its allure.

 

Promoting the Corridor

Clearwater’s Economic Development team unveiled a new webpage to spotlight the corridor’s redevelopment potential. This webpage includes digital renderings and 3D animations, illustrating the mixed-use possibilities for four pivotal commercial properties:

– Northeast corner of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and U.S. 19

– Southeast corner of Drew Street and U.S. 19

– Northwest corner of Drew Street and U.S. 19

– Northeast corner of Countryside Boulevard and U.S. 19 up to State Road 580

 

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Imagining the Possibilities

Currently hosting commercial and retail developments, these prime spots feature new illustrations and animations that present potential redevelopment scenarios without depicting actual development plans of the city or property owners. A video presentation includes 3D animation flythroughs of each conceptual development, offering a clear picture of potential transformations.

For instance, the concept for the area between the Phillies’ complex at BayCare Ballpark and Drew Street includes 502,000 square feet of office space in buildings ranging from five to ten stories, 35,000 square feet of retail space, 152 apartments, and various outdoor gathering areas.

 

Major Redevelopment Prospects

The Countryside Mall property, spanning 60 acres between Countryside Boulevard and State Road 580, represents one of the largest redevelopment opportunities in the Tampa Bay region. This site can evolve into a community space for work, living, shopping, and dining. The vision includes office space, residential areas, diverse retail options, and parking structures to maximize land use.

Other proposed developments include:

– Gulf to Bay: A 10-story, 300,000-square-foot office building and a six-story, 150,000-square-foot building with structured parking.

– Drew Street: Four 10-story office buildings totaling 940,000 square feet of office space and multi-story parking structures.

 

Fostering Business Growth

Phil Kirkpatrick, Clearwater’s Senior Economic Development Coordinator, leads efforts in business recruitment and property redevelopment along the corridor. The aim is to attract investments and corporate offices that generate high-paying jobs in sectors like IT, fintech, healthcare, and light manufacturing. Redeveloping existing real estate along U.S. 19 addresses the limited availability of land and buildings for expansion.

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Unlocking Hidden Potential

For decades, the U.S. 19 corridor featured highway strip development, characterized by large shopping plazas and extensive parking lots. Market changes and roadway design have now inspired a new vision for this area. Clearwater’s U.S. 19 Corridor Redevelopment Plan, adopted in 2012, seeks to create mixed-use, walkable destinations and major employment centers with higher urban development densities supporting public transit.

 

Enhanced Development Through Flexible Zoning

Clearwater established a single-corridor-wide zoning district for U.S. 19, allowing for increased development density and intensity. This zoning district offers developers flexibility, enabling them to build more improvements per square foot of land compared to other areas in Clearwater, except the downtown core. Developers with projects aligned with the corridor’s redevelopment goals can directly proceed to the building permit process, speeding up development timelines.

Clearwater’s U.S. 19 corridor is set to become Tampa Bay’s next booming mixed-use hub, offering a strategic location and significant redevelopment opportunities. The city’s proactive stance, flexible zoning, and joint marketing efforts aim to attract businesses and developers, transforming the corridor into a vibrant center for commerce and community life. For more information, visit the US 19 Corridor Development Opportunities webpage or contact Phillip Kirkpatrick at 727-562-4054 or philip.kirkpatrick@myclearwater.com.

 

Clearwater’s Business and Development

 

Clearwater U.S. 19 Corridor Business Opportunities

Phillip Kirkpatrick

727-444-7166

philip.kirkpatrick@myclearwater.com

www.myclearwater.com/US19

 

Information, video and photos courtesy of the City of Clearwater

 

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