CLEARWATER, Fla. – The public is invited to continue the conversation on the proposed North Greenwood Community Redevelopment Area by attending a second community workshop on April 19 at the North Greenwood Recreation Center gymnasium, at 900 N. Dr. MLK Jr. Ave., from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
At this workshop, there will be a presentation on the results of small group work conducted during the February community meeting, where more than 100 people provided their assessments of community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, also known as a SWOT activity.
Participants will also learn about vacant properties and housing development opportunities in North Greenwood. Small groups will then work together on a mapping activity to mark locations meaningful to the neighborhood including landmarks, districts, pathways, boundaries, and connections such as shopping areas, community centers, libraries, and housing.
Refreshments will be offered and activities for kids ages 5 and up will be available.
“It was heartening to have such an outstanding turnout at the first workshop and to see so many people engaging in discussions and sharing stories about their community. It is important to maintain this momentum in the coming workshops to ensure this plan speaks to residents, businesses, and other North Greenwood stakeholders, ”said Clearwater Planning and Development Director Gina Clayton.
The effort to create the Northwood Greenwood Community Redevelopment Area began as a grassroots, community-driven effort led by the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition to address needs in the North Greenwood area. In 2019, the organization made a proposal to the city to establish a Community Redevelopment Area.
In 2020, the city prepared a Finding of Necessity study that determined conditions in the North Greenwood neighborhood and nearby neighborhoods warranted the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area.
The study obtained approval in 2021 from the Clearwater City Council and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, paving the way for the creation of a plan that is anticipated to go before Clearwater City Council during two public meetings in fall 2022.
Planning efforts are being led by a steering committee made up of residents, businesses, and other North Greenwood community members, to help the city guide the process.
A website dedicated to providing information and gathering input from the public has been launched. To learn more and sign up for North Greenwood Community Redevelopment Agency Plan updates, visit ngreenwoodcra.com.