CLEARWATER — When the three-month window closed Monday for proposals to construct on the downtown waterfront, metropolis officers launched solely the 5 bidders’ names.
Particulars of what they proposed, and the way a lot they’re providing for the land, are confidential till a workers committee makes suggestions to the Metropolis Council or on Might 12, 30 days after bidding closed — whichever comes first.
The town requested for residential, resort and retail initiatives on three bluff websites: a 1.4-acre lot on the nook of Cleveland Avenue and Osceola Avenue that housed the now-demolished Harborview Heart; the two.6-acre vacant Metropolis Corridor on Osceola Avenue; and an adjoining 1.2-acre Pierce Avenue lot.
The three properties border the city-owned 22-acre waterfront the place officers count on to interrupt floor in Might on Imagine Clearwater, a $64 million park with an amphitheater and cover over 4,000 seats, garden, backyard, path, playground and plaza.
The park transformation and the imaginative and prescient for the encompassing three websites make up the town’s most aggressive effort in a long time to deliver folks and companies to its struggling downtown.
Metropolis officers might choose one grasp developer or rent a number of corporations. The sale or lease of the Harborview web site and Metropolis Corridor (however not the Pierce Avenue lot) requires voter approval.
Right here’s what we all know in regards to the firms that submitted bids:
Daniels Ikajevs is one in every of downtown’s largest particular person landlords as proprietor of the bottom ground retail within the Water’s Edge apartment, storefronts on the five hundred block of Cleveland Avenue and a tower that homes Metropolis Corridor and different tenants. In 2019, Ikajevs opened The Ring Workspaces in his One Clearwater Tower, a co-working space centered on health.
He’s now a part of the Elevate Clearwater group targeted on renewable power alternatives on the bluff and tax incentives from the Alternative Zone that features the waterfront.
Elevate’s lead companion Sixty West is a Missouri-based agency that has raised over $1 billion of tax fairness for housing, retail and resort initiatives nationwide. The group additionally consists of Opp Zone Capital, a non-public fairness agency co-founded by Clearwater resident Edmon Rakipi.
Elevate’s group additionally consists of Renewable Vitality Alternate options and KD Keller, led by Ken Stoltenberg, who has constructed a number of initiatives in Tampa’s Channel District.
Ikajevs and Rakipi declined to offer specifics about Elevate’s plan for the bluff till the proposals grow to be public.
Nonetheless, their group submitted an informal concept to the city last year. For the Harborview web site, the 2020 idea included a 162-room, music-themed resort with ground-floor retail, a pool, occasion area and photo voltaic panels. The idea additionally included a 225-room resort and apartment venture with ground-floor retail for the previous Metropolis Corridor web site and a 240-unit multifamily venture with retail focused towards a grocery retailer for the Pierce Avenue parcel.
Workplace America Group
This boutique actual property firm is led by Miami builders Ricardo Hernandez, Reinaldo Padron and Isaac Peckel.
Hernandez mentioned he bid on simply one of many three bluff websites, the 1.2-acre Pierce Avenue lot, and is proposing flats with ground-floor retail and facilities for the general public.
Hernandez has 25 years of expertise within the trade and can be a multi-disciplinary actual property professional for ONE Industrial Actual Property.
The Lake Value Seashore Neighborhood Redevelopment Company final yr awarded Workplace America Group a bid to construct a $30 million mixed-use venture with 127 items, 7,500 sq. ft of retail and 30,000 sq. ft of public inexperienced area referred to as Deco Inexperienced. Hernandez mentioned the agency additionally has three extra initiatives pending between Miami and Boston.
Workplace America Group labored with the Martin Architectural Group, Andres Montero Panorama Structure and T&G Constructors on its Clearwater proposal.
“The bluff properties are superb,” Hernandez mentioned. “Superb location, superb views, superb facilities within the space, it’s very near the seaside and I feel in the event that they select the appropriate venture, they’ll get plenty of exercise in downtown.”
Metropolis Heart Growth Group
Craig Govan, who leads Metropolis Heart Growth Group, declined to debate specifics of what he’s envisioning for the downtown waterfront till the town makes the proposals public.
However on Wednesday, Toronto-based NAK Design Methods introduced on Fb it labored with Orlando’s Eleven18 Structure on the design for Govan’s bluff proposal: “a mixture of new resort, retail and eating area together with 200-plus workforce multifamily items throughout the three websites.”
Now a Jupiter resident, Govan grew up on Lengthy Bow Lane in Clearwater. After graduating from the College of Florida’s Faculty of Constructing Building, he returned to Clearwater and ran a realty and property administration firm from 1985 to 1992.
After acquiring a grasp’s diploma from the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise in 1994, he has led the event of a collection of master-planned enterprise parks, residential and large field developments throughout Florida.
He’s a part of a gaggle constructing the $100 million Apopka Metropolis Heart, which is slated to incorporate multi-family and retail elements on 35 acres. The group accomplished a 110-room Hilton Backyard Inn for the venture in July.
Church of Scientology
It’s unclear whether or not the Church of Scientology needs to construct on one, two or all three bluff websites. Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw didn’t reply to 2 emails or a cellphone message looking for remark.
Nonetheless, the church has pursued the 1.2-acre Pierce Avenue parcel for years. In early 2017, when the Clearwater Marine Aquarium owned the vacant lot, metropolis officers talked publicly about shopping for the land to incorporate it within the waterfront redevelopment plan.
In March 2017, Scientology chief David Miscavige met with council members and provided to spend $50 million to revitalize downtown by recruiting high-end retail to empty storefronts, renovating Cleveland Avenue facades and constructing an leisure advanced with actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise.
Miscavige’s provide hinged on the town permitting Scientology to purchase the Pierce Avenue lot. When the town provided the aquarium $4.25 million for the parcel, Miscavige offered the aquarium $15 million.
Miscavige mentioned he wanted the lot to construct a swimming pool and different facilities for parishioners staying within the church’s adjoining Oak Cove spiritual retreat.
In April 2017, the council voted unanimously to buy the Pierce Street lot from the aquarium for $4.25 million. Miscavige then reduce all communication with the town.
Over the subsequent three years, limited liability companies tied to Scientology bought nearly 100 commercial properties within walking distance of the downtown waterfront, where the city was planning its Imagine Clearwater park transformation.
Right this moment, greater than half of the 100 storefronts and much sit vacant.
In a gathering with metropolis supervisor Invoice Horne in January 2020, Miscavige reiterated his want to accumulate the Pierce Avenue lot to construct a swimming pool and different facilities for church members.
This West Palm Seashore firm describes itself as a non-public fairness actual property and know-how agency with a concentrate on self-storage amenities. Firm representatives, together with CEO Benjamin Macfarland, didn’t reply to a number of cellphone calls and an electronic mail requesting remark.
SROA Capital, which operates the Storage Leases of America and Storage Zone self-storage manufacturers, has 170 self-storage amenities and $1 billion in property throughout america, based on a information launch.
Nonetheless, it’s unclear what different firms are concerned in its proposal to construct on Clearwater’s bluff.
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