Save Our Clearwater City Hall Building

Save Our Clearwater City Hall Building

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Concerned Citizen started this petition to Residents of the City of Clearwater Florida

Residents of the City of Clearwater Florida, Please Help Save Our City Hall and Act Now, before it's to late by signing this petition to Save Our City Hall.

Clearwater City Hall is located at: 112 S. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756 
 
City Hall was built in 1966 to serve the people and staff of Clearwater Florida. It is beautifully perched on the historic Bluffs of Downtown Clearwater, overlooking Clearwater Harbor, just a block from the historic Pinellas County Courthouse. The Bluffs of downtown Clearwater were once cherished and protected from investors and developments. The beautiful building is 53 years old and made of stone and concrete and has a state tax accessment value of over 17 Million dollars, however it will need some updating and remodeling in the near future to keep it going for another 50 years. 

But instead, our current city council wants to just demolish it. And, they have been vacating the building in hopes to tear it down and sell off the property to development investors. Once the building is vacant and no longer cared for, it will be easy to make the assessment that it is no longer needed and simply tear it down. Then the vacant lot will become a city investment property. And, that's when the city council will be looking to amend the Clearwater charter in order to sell it off the bluff property to investors and developers.

City Council hopes that by having a vacant lot next to the Coachman Park & the waterfront properties, that it will raise the properties value. Even with no clear redevelopment plan for Coachman Park or the waterfront. The supposed redevelopment plan with a proposed budget of 55 million dollars, is still in just the planning phase and has been for the last couple years as city council has not been able to even agree on the band-shell design. It is starting to look like an over-hyped economic redevelopment in the downtown district that originally started with tearing down city hall for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to relocate to, but even that plan failed. Downtown Clearwater is already struggling with low traffic numbers. Even our Mayor George Cretekos isn't convinced that the project is viable with the current council's inability to make decisions. The redevelopment plan currently only has about 5.5 million dollars of city funding of the 55 million supposedly needed. The city will be signing a 5 year lease for offices in a private downtown high-rise. The leased space is not in a city building and not easily accessible by citizens of Clearwater. Mayor Cretekos thinks that we maybe renting that space for at least 10 years from now. So with no clear plan set in place, is it really a good idea to just vacate another building in downtown?

Do we really need another vacant dirt lot in downtown?

And, who might be the actual buyer of the lot? It is right next to a very controversial lot that the city had to buy to save face with some of it's citizens at a cost of $4.2 million dollars, just to be used as a dirt overflow parking lot. 

A drive around downtown and you will quickly notice that, there are a lot of vacant buildings and vacant lots in the downtown district.

There is also no clear plan or budget for a new city hall or even a location. 

Please sign this petition to help save Clearwater's City Hall from the wrecking ball and make our elected officials realize that we would like to keep using it as Our City Hall.

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