Development of the Porters batch discussed



Residents of the Porters neighborhood had the opportunity on Sunday to say what type of development they want for a vacant lot the Town of Gainesville owns in Porters at 405 SW Fifth Ave. for over 40 years.

A vacant lot owned by the city in Porters, as well as another in the Pleasant

The street community should be developed as affordable housing.

Residents of Porters expressed their views at a workshop on Sunday that attracted more than 25 people who had the opportunity to see the rendering of housing types by the artists. Residents also expressed what they thought was most desirable in life in Porters, reviewed a design and build poster, charts of affordability levels based on monthly housing costs for renting or owning and voted on their preferences using sticky dots – green for yes and red for no. They were also asked about their housing history – living in Gainesville or living in the community of Porters.

Another such workshop took place in Porters on Wednesday.

Project managers and staff from the Gainesville Community Reinvestment Zone were on hand to discuss the project and gather information from residents on what they would like the project to involve.

Investigation workshops on the Pleasant Street Project will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 414 NW Fifth Ave.

Janie Williams, 82, who attended the Porters’ workshop on Sunday and was born and raised in the Porters neighborhood, said she was considering a development of single-family homes where families with children can sit on their own. porch and watch their kids playing outside. Williams said she liked the ideas presented at the workshop, but her concern was that residents were “not respected” by those who listened to their concerns and visions at the start of the conversation about the landscaping. vacant in Porters.

Williams, a retired educator, said the city was “putting the cart before the horse. She also said that the most important consideration is that the development is affordable.

Shelby Taylor, communications director for the city of Gainesville, said affordable housing means looking at the pricing grid and the affordability of gauges, looking at the current situation – renting and owning in the neighborhood.

Chelsea Bakaitis, ARC Project Manager, said workshop neighbors will have the opportunity to meet the GAI Consultants Inc. design team and learn how a new housing project is built and evolves in the city ​​development process.

Wes Schaffer, urban designer for GAI Consultants, Inc., said the workshops are a fact-finding mission. He said residents’ comments would be compiled and taken into consideration.

The information gathered will inform conceptual designs and development priorities. Schaffer said validation workshops will be held to ask the community if they agree or disagree and why. Residents will have the opportunity to say whether the information they provided has been interpreted correctly, and based on their comments, the plan could be revised accordingly and another validation workshop could be organized.

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