WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED: Pleasant Street workshop rescheduled to Monday, October 24 from 6 to 8pm.

Porters Quarters Workshop (scroll down for Pleasant Street Workshop)

You’re invited to a workshop Thursday, November 3, 2022 to visualize affordable residential and community space on a City-Owned lot in Porters Quarters!

The lot being developed is located at 405 SW 5th Avenue. Initial community discussions were held November 2021. The upcoming workshop will discuss:
  • Porters Quarters community values
  • a conceptual vision and site design
  • how to move development forward in an equitable way

Workshop Details:

When:
6 to 8pm
Thursday
November 3, 2022
Who is invited?
Past & present residents and visitors Porters Quarters neighborhood.

Pleasant Street Workshop (scroll up for Porters Quarters Workshop)

You’re invited to a workshop Monday, October 24, 2022 to visualize affordable residential and community space on a City-Owned lot in Pleasant Street!

The project area is 414 NW 5th Ave. Initial community discussions were held November 2021. The upcoming workshop will discuss:
  • Pleasant Street community values
  • a conceptual vision and site design
  • how to move development forward in an equitable way

Workshop Details:

When:
6 to 8pm
Monday
October 24, 2022
Who is invited?
Past & present residents and visitors Pleasant Street & Fifth Avenue neighborhoods.

For questions or comments, contact GCRA Project Manager Chelsea Bakaitis at bakaitisch@cityofgainesville.org or 352-674-6671

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We're presenting two conceptual development ideas, one for 405 SW 5th Ave and the other for 414 NW 5th Ave. These ideas build off public workshops from 2021. Click the buttons below to view each presentation and answer a few questions about the ideas.

Who we are

The Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) and Housing and Community Development (HCD) are departments of the City of Gainesville. The GCRA's mission is to invest in previously underserved areas of Gainesville. Similarly, HCD works to revitalize neighborhoods and increase affordable housing opportunities for both owners and renters.

What we are working on

We are proposing to build new affordable homes and commercial space in the Porters Quarters and Pleasant Street neighborhoods. Our aim is to build homes that:
  • Meet the needs of Porters and Pleasant Street communities
  • Prevent the displacement of existing neighbors

How to get involved

We invite our neighbors to collaborate with us on this project. We would like to hear from current and prospective neighbors from these two communities. There are two ways to get involved in this project.
1. Contact the Team
Contact the project manager by email, text, or phone to learn about the project and share your voice. We want to hear from you!
Chelsea Bakaitis, Project Manager
Office (352) 393-8201
Mobile (352) 647-6671
Email BakaitisCH@cityofgainesville.org
2. Sign-up for email updates.
Fill out the form below to receive updates about upcoming project events and opportunities to collaborate.
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The Project Locations

Learn about the property and location of the GCRA's redevelopment sites (click the aerial image to access the property survey).

More resources

Dig deeper by accessing these reports, articles, and videos (check back for changes).

Read the Public Engagement Plan
Read the UF-Gainesville Porters Report

The Sites

Learn about the property and location of the GCRA's redevelopment sites (click the aerial image to access the property survey).

Porters

Size: 0.297 acres
Owner: City of Gainesville
Zoning: Public Services and Operations (PS)
Annexed: 1869

Pleasant Street

Size: 0.386 acres
Owner: City of Gainesville
Zoning: Urban 6 (U6)
Annexed: 1869

Project Resources

Access resources to deepen your project knowledge and participation.

Read the Public Engagement Plan
Read the UF-Gainesville Porters Report
Read the UF-Gainesville Porters Report
Image of Wall Street in New York City
Wall Street isn’t to blame for the chaotic housing market
Vox
Image of new housing in rural Idaho.
Building a Home in the U.S. Has Never Been More Expensive
Bloomberg
Housing in the U.S. is made with flimsy material
Why So Many American Homes Are Flimsy
Cheddar
Hannibal Square is a Community Land Trust
Land Trust Creates Living Opportunities in Winter Park Area
Spectrum News 13
University of Florida developed a "narrative" about the Porters neighborhood, intended to acknowledge the unique cultural character of this place.
Neighborhoods as Community Assets: The Porters Community
City of Gainesville
Image of people marching in protest against gentrification.
Gentrification Explained
The Urban Displacement Project