A New Brownfield Site in Gainesville
An empty commercial site is open for business and looking for tenants.
A brownfield site could bring new jobs to Gainesville.
Phoenix Commercial Park was created by a battery plant that used to be on the property.
Now the property is cleaned up and Alachua County Commissioners voted last week to make it a brownfield site which would attract new green businesses to the area with tax incentives.
“If they could get this whole park back into operation, that would be good,” said Clifford Hudson a security guard at Phoenix Commercial Park.
Hudson patrols empty buildings and says he hopes that it will change.
Officials say that designating the land as a brownfield site is a way to redevelop the site and encourage tenant by offering financial incentives.
The officials have one potential tenant, Planar Energy Devices, and Orlando-based battery manufacturer.
The CEO of the company hopes to move sometime this summer and plans to create 200 jobs in the area.
This will be the county's first brownfield site. The City of Gainesville has two, Depot Park and the lot where “University Corners” was supposed to be built on the corner of 13th Street and University Avenue.
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