City Hopes Eyesore Will Turn Into Big Bucks For Area
The City of Gainesville is taking the notion of one man's trash is another man's treasure to a whole new level.
Gainesville's Community Redevelopment Agency has been working in four areas of town to take empty lots that have either been abandoned by people or businesses and turned them into an economic boost for the area.
Right now in Northeast Gainesville the City is working with private contractors to rebuild a site into a restaurant on Hawthorne Road.
Four people are making their case for the site and once the selection is made, the new business will rent the space from the City.
In addition to getting a new business in the area, the partnership between the public and private sectors helps beautify Gainesville.
Construction on the exterior of the Hawthorne Café will be completed in July.
From there, the City will wait until a bid has been award to complete construction on the kitchen.
The Community Redevelopment Agency says one of the best things about this partnership is they are able to put people in the struggling construction industry to work as well.
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