Seminary Lane redevelopment project discussed at Gainesville City Plan Board meeting

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When the subsidized housing at Seminary Lane was torn down in 2009, the idea was that more affordable housing would be built on that site.

Now, after 10 years of the site being vacant, a developer purchased the property with plans to build students apartments and 10 to 12 affordable housing units, but some Gainesville residents say that's not enough.

The plan for the 6-acre property is to build a 5-story student housing complex with more than 350 units, along with parking garages, a new community and cultural development center, and 10 to 12 affordable homes, which will be sold for about 22,000 dollars each.

Those houses will also be deed-restricted to ensure that they'll remain as affordable housing.

One Gainesville resident said that was not a high enough percentage of the overall project.

"The amount of units that are being offered as affordable comes to a whopping 3.6%. That's kind of a low bar for bringing affordable housing," said the resident at the Gainesville City Plan Board meeting.

The developer has also submitted an application for an additional story and more density on the property. That request is scheduled to be heard at the plan board's next meeting on September 26.