Remaining Seminary Lane Residents Moving Out
For more than 30 years, the sounds of life have come from the Seminary Lane neighborhood in Northwest Gainesville. Now the subsidized housing complex resembles a ghost town.
The property's contract with Housing and Urban Development expired on May 29th, forcing residents to find another place to call home.
32-year-old Janet Lewis moved to Seminary Lane six years ago. Now she is one of the last remaining residents.
She said the reality of Seminary Lane's closure didn't set in until windows were boarded up one by one as neighbors left.
"It's been pretty, pretty sad to see everybody go their own separate ways," said Lewis. "And not knowing the next time you get to see them. Might be a month later or two months down the road before you can see any of them."
Officials with the Gainesville Florida Housing Corporation, Inc. said they hope to have a plan to rebuild in the coming year. Residents like Lewis said those plans won't capture the sense of community that existed at seminary lane for more than 30 years.
Residents who have not moved out by June 1 will receive a ten-day notice to leave. The Gainesville Housing Authority and City of Gainesville will also be part of discussions to come up with a development plan once Seminary Lane is demolished.
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