I selected downtown St. Pete for my growing business in late 2007, but the condition of Crislip is an embarrassment when my clients and potential clients come to visit. It is important that we create the beautiful, welcoming environment that people expect from our city!
The building known as Crislip Arcade, located at the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, has been left vacant and neglected for more than two years.
Boarded up windows violate city council’s directive that windows be fixed, and the graffiti and stenciled ‘No Loitering’ signs are an eyesore. While the old awning has been removed, temporary boards have been installed in its place. The once charming mosaic entrances have been reduced to restrooms for the homeless.
This depressed area of downtown is a deterrent for visitors to other local businesses. We respectfully encourage the Crislip Arcade owners and the City of St. Petersburg to address the condition of the property in a timely manner.
Please sign the petition as we try to improve our city.
Read more about the arcade:
Out with the old… – St. Petersburg Times, June 17, 2006
Retro arcade in downtown changes hands again – St. Petersburg Times, July 23, 2008
Central businesses sound off – Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 29, 2008