Opinions Mixed on Bo Diddley Plaza Redesign Plan
Published April 17th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's one of the signature areas of downtown Gainesville, but new plans to redevelop the north portion of Bo Diddley Plaza are not sitting well with everyone.
While many agree the plaza is overdue for a facelift, opinions are split on what the end result should look like.
Linda McGurn has been involved in many downtown redevelopment projects over the last two decades, including Sun Center and Union Street Station, and says the city's current architectural plans for the plaza do not mesh with many of the existing structures around it.
While she supports redeveloping the plaza, McGurn fears the city may be settling on a more modern design that may not stand the test of time.
"We should not let running up against deadlines or time force us to accept something that will most likely be torn down in 5 or 10 years," said McGurn. "We can afford to do something right, and make something beautiful."
Construction on the new plaza could start as early as this fall, although any changes to the design plans may delay that.
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