Heartwood groundbreaking

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) It's been 14 years since the fire at Kennedy Homes Apartments, and 10 years since it was all torn down. Now, the City of Gainesville has finally broken ground for the new Heartwood community located in the heart of east Gainesville off of Southeast Eighth Avenue.

City Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos says this is huge for the area.

"This part of Gainesville is in the C.R.A.’s push to look east and to not only work east, but to play and live east. With the Cornerstone project opened up in the G-tech it's just another piece to what's happening in east Gainesville,” said Adrian Hayes-Santos, City Commissioner.

The property is owned by the City of Gainesville and is being redeveloped by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.

C.R.A. manager Michael Beard says it's about time something like this happened in east Gainesville.

"It's a 15.1 acre piece of land and we plan on giving it a modern look, with traditional clean lines, and clean elements,” said Michael Beard, C.R.A. Manager.

Heartwood will consists of 34 single family detached residential sites. Hayes-Santos says there's already over 400 people on the waiting list wanting to move in.

"I think that shows how much of a pent up demand there is for good quality housing in east Gainesville,” said Hayes-Santos.

"This project right here is a game changer… this coupled with Cornerstone right down the street which is a commercial complex of 10 new buildings coming to east Gainesville.. will give you a chance for that live where you work,” said Beard.

Beard says construction will begin later this month and lots are expected to be available for purchase in January 2018.