The Grand Central District was formed in 2001 and received designation as a Main Street community by both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Main Street program. The Grand Central District Association office is housed within the creative co-working spaces at Clear Labs.
More than 1,500 communities across the country have adopted the Main Street Approach, which is one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation, combining historic preservation and economic development in local revitalization initiatives.
The Main Street Four-Point Approach is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets – from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.
The “Central Avenue Tomorrow Plan” provides a vision for the District and was adopted by St. Petersburg City Council, December 1999.The Plan details the revitalization of the Grand Central District and addresses Urban Design, Transportation & Mobility, Streetscape Design, Land Use & Zoning, Architectural Design and Marketing.