CANCELED: Wednesday, August 18 workshop at Pleasant Street due to risk of COVID

You’re invited to a community workshop to discuss and design affordable homes in Porters and Pleasant Street communities.

We are hosting community workshops to discuss new homes in Porters and Pleasant Street communities. Let's grow our neighborhood together.

Who we are

The Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) is a department of the City of Gainesville. Our mission is to invest in previously underserved areas of Gainesville. We are guided by a 10-year plan and the goals include improving the quality of life for our neighbors and supporting our local economy. We do this through:
  • Renewing our urban areas
  • Supporting small, local, and diverse businesses

What we are working on

We are building new homes in the Porters 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 three ways to get involved in this project
1. Participate in a community workshop
Use the form below to RSVP for the open house workshops you wish to attend. The workshops are open so you are welcome to come and go as you please!
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2. Contact the Team
Contact the project manager to learn about the project and share your voice. You may contact us by email, text, or phone. We want to hear from you!
Chelsea Bakaitis, Project Manager
Office (352) 393-8201
Mobile (352) 647-6671
Email BakaitisCH@cityofgainesville.org
3. Sign-up for email updates.
Fill out the form below to receive occasional email updates regarding the project progress.
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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

Project Photos

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