Community Cultural Center Proposal Presented to Rotary Club of Clearwater
(l-r) Erin Woodward and Michele Rowland Propose a Clearwater Cultural Center
Replace the Harborview Center in downtown Clearwater with a Community Cultural Center, was the proposal by Michelle Rowland and Erin Woodward at a recent Wednesday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater at the Belleair Country Club.
James McArthur introduced Michelle Rowland and Erin Woodward of Clearwater Renaissance Foundation, Inc.
The following was excerpted from their printed material: Imagine a vastly redeveloped Coachman Park and Harborview Center. Picture an art museum beautifully appointed with exhibits and treasures from around the world offering cultural programs for visitors of all ages. Envision a hands-on children’s activity center bustling with eager young minds ready to explore the marine-themed adventure center to complement the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Picture a hotel, charming and inviting in its design with a roof top restaurant that allows its guests a breathtaking view of our famed beaches and beautiful sunsets. Finally, visualize an expanded Coachman Park with a fountain, ideal for community festivals, boat shows, garden parties, art shows or just enjoying a picnic lunch with friends and family. Welcome to the proposed new Clearwater Cultural Center.
The speakers’ energies were contagious as they presented an enthusiastic trip into downtown Clearwater as it might appear in the not-too-distant future!
An impressive list of specialists have agreed to bring the Cultural Center to reality if the City referendum goes to a vote and is approved. The Specialists include, Construction Consultant, Design/Builder, Civil Engineer, Landscape Architect, and Geotechnical Engineer.
The Clearwater Renaissance Foundation Inc. has hired Hunden Strategic Partners to perform a feasibility study on the project. If their findings are favorable, they will recommend that the project is viable. With the recommendation in place, the Foundation will begin the City process to request a city-wide referendum vote in March 2010.
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