GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Cleanup of contaminated water and soil at the 130 acre Cabot - Koppers site in Northwest Gainesville continues more than 25 years later. The site was declared a Superfund in 1984 by the EPA.
The focus is on the sites future for the people who live in the neighborhood and for Urban and Regional Planning students at the University of Florida. Professor Ruth Steiner's students have come up with their vision for the site's future based on the zoning requirements and realistic constraints of the rehabilitated area.
Steiner says EPA project manager Scott Miller reached out to her so the university can collaborate ideas with the city.
On Tuesday night, students presented their development ideas to an audience at Stephen Foster Elementary School. Many who were in attendance are long term residents of the neighborhood.
Of the 3 ideas, one is a financially conservative option without major changes in development. The second idea, Foster Square, includes commercial development mixed with green spaces and residential areas. The idea is similar to Tioga Town Center between Gainesville and Newberry. Another idea focuses on Art and Music while the last is an energy efficient vision for the neighborhood.
But redevelopment will have to wait until the site is cleaned up. The next Five Year Review by the EPA on the remediation progress scheduled for 2021.