Friday, February 8, 2013
After Angelo Proestopoulos shared his experiences trying to start a business in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District, he says the Loft opens this weekend.
Angelo Proestopoulos is a new business owner trying to open in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District. He sunk about $70,000 into creating "The Loft," a Miami-style club in the space of the former Atrium martini bar, he said in a Letter to the Editor on Clearwater Patch. And after a meeting with city officials recently, he says the Loft opens this weekend. "...We did what they asked so we can open," Proestopoulos said in an email. "We will be doing soft open this weekend." Bill Horne, city manager, said in a comment posted with Proestopoulos' Letter to the Editor that the Jan. 28 meeting was to get the project back on track. "For all concerned, Angelo used unlicensed contractors to get his building ready for occupancy and use. …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Lokey Building, one of the city's oldest structures, is being torn this week as part of plans to renovate the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater.
The rafters snapped like match sticks. The painted white brick crumbled like a card house. And the must of nearly 100 years filtered into the air along Clearwater's Cleveland Street as crews worked to demolish the Lokey Building, one of city's oldest structures, as part of renovation plans for the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday. Osceola Avenue between Cleveland and Pierce streets is closed this week for the demolition of the Pat Lokey building, which has stood in downtown Clearwater for 98 years. The 1914 structure was originally going to be part of the Capitol's upcoming year-long renovation. Plans included incorporating the building and converting it into a grand lobby, concession areas, and restrooms for the theatre, which would then be …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The Downtown Clearwater Evening Farmers Market opens Friday, Jan. 4 and is expected to be open the first Friday each month.
When Bob Fernandez started the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market 18 years ago it was the only one around. Over time, other markets have sprung up in cities throughout the Tampa Bay area. "It just caught on a little more," Fernandez said. Now, farmers market fans can add another day to shop in Clearwater's outdoor ambiance. Organizers of the Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market which meets Wednesdays, are expanding the market to include the first Friday each month starting Jan. 4. "We thought there was a need for it," said Fernandez, market manager. "People were asking." The market will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. through May 3 in the 500 block of Cleveland Street. If it works well they will try the additional day during the fall, Fernandez …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Looking for something to do Friday? Check out a longboard contest followed by a concert and fireworks on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
Looking for something to do Friday? Check out a longboard contest followed by a concert and fireworks on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. More than 100 contestants plan to be part of the Snow Man Slide Jam longboard contest from noon to 6 p.m. near Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue, according to the event's Facebook page. After that, Florida rockers Molly Hatchet perform as part of the Blast Friday street festival which also features a fireworks display. Related coverage:
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Snow Man Slide Jam longboard competition is set from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 near Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater.
A downhill longboarding competition is set to takeover part of Cleveland Street Friday. More than 100 contestants plan to be part of the Snow Man Slide Jam longboard contest from noon to 6 p.m. near Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue, according to the event's Facebook page. Cleveland Street from Osceola Avenue to the waterfront will be closed for the competition which features different downhill events including an obstacle course and slalom. Nearly 100 longboarders took to the street to celebrate "Go Longboard Day" in July, prompting a police response. The event was not permitted by the city and the street was open creating a safety hazard as participants skated while cars drove to Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure at the Harborview Center…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday's ceremonial groundbreaking kicked off a 10-month construction project to expand and renovate Clearwater's Capitol Theatre.
One of the oldest movie theaters in the state is set to go under a 10-month renovation. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday kicked off construction to expand and rehabilitate the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. Mayor George N. Cretekos called it a community project and harkened to the venue’s early days of popularity when a 1921 advertisement offered “clean and unique” performances. “We are so excited about what this project means,” Cretekos said to about 100 people crowding around the front of the venue along Cleveland Street. “We’re all going to come back to what is going to be a wonderful opening.” *** The Capitol Theatre, built in 1921, is one of the oldest operating theaters in Florida. Sen. John Taylor had the movie house …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Construction on the expanded and renovated structure officially begins with a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Clearwater.
After planning and re-planning, construction is set to break ground on an expanded and renovated Capitol Theatre on Tuesday. In recent months, Clearwater city leaders rescinded the historic designation on the building and the two adjacent ones planned as part of the construction project. Leaders also vacated the alley behind the building. This will effectively close off the alley that connects Osceola and Fort Harrison Avenues. It also increases the footprint of the land available for development. The Lokey Building, which was most recently the office for the Chamber of Commerce building and one time space of the Clearwater Sun, will be destroyed as part of the construction of the renovated Capitol Theatre. Plans initially included …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Check out some of the latest sculptures on tour as part of the outdoor art on display along Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
Check out some of the latest sculptures on tour as part of the Sculpture 360: Season V outdoor exhibit along Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The art is on display in the medians from the 400 to 600 blocks of Cleveland Street through October 2013. "Tulip," by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, of Clearwater, is a colorful, sinewy sculpture. "Inter-Dimensional Species" by Claudia Jane Klein, of Lake Worth is a more than 10-foot-tall aluminum sculpture valued at $30,000. "Synaptic Sinew V" by Bilhenry Walker, of Milwaukee is an 11-foot-tall aluminum and steel sculpture, painted cherry red for display downtown. It is valued at $45,000. Related coverage:
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Capitol Beer House, which features 32 taps and more in bottles, recently opened on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
It seems Tony Starova is trying to reignite downtown Clearwater one empty storefront at a time. No sooner had the Green Organix restaurant closed on Cleveland Street that Starova was looking to expand his business ventures. He has operated Tony's Pizzeria downtown for years and now, Capitol Beer House, a craft and specialty beer bar, is open next to it on the 400 block of Cleveland Street. The beer bar features 32 taps and more in bottles. A grand opening celebration this week featured music from the Black Honkeys and a few hundred fans. "(Downtown's) coming up," Starova said. "You just have to believe."