Mom's Kitchen Torn Down, No Definite Plans
As construction crews blow through the walls of Mom's Kitchen, an onlooker sifts through the rubble and memories. His family had owned the restaurant for nearly forty years. George Young says, "So many things took place in there, as I was sharing with the community. We used to feed the football team." The restaurant served as a staple for the community on fifth avenue for four decades until the Young family put it up for sale. The city purchased the building for $165,000 in 2009 with plans to sell it, but the building has sat vacant ever since.
Young says he wants the city to finally do something with the land, and the Assistant City Manager of Gainesville Fred Murry tried to explain why it took almost five years for them to take down the building. Fred Murry says, "When we purchased the property, it was also probably the time that we were in an economic downturn, and so we really couldn't get any good offers for it."
City leaders hoped to sell the land to buyers who would revamp it...but with no promising bidders, they decided to change their strategy and renovate the area themselves. Murry says, "We're trying to put together some properties with Seminary Lane and do a complete revitalization. We're still back at it right now, and the economy's improved, and we think we've got some conceptual plans some people might be interested in."
As Young watches his restaurant come down, he says he's hopeful future plans will make the area safer adn inviting. He says, "There's a lot of things that have taken place in there that we're gonna miss, but yet, we are in expectation of something better taking place."
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