The Florida Redevelopment Association has honored the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency with two awards based on its work on Innovation Square–the President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and the Out of the Box Award.
The President’s Award was based on the ambitious scope of Innovation Square, its accomplishments, and its potential.
The Out of the Box Award underscores the multifaceted approach that major stakeholders – including the CRA, City of Gainesville, Shands at UF, the University of Florida, and GRU – have devoted to planning and developing the mixed-use research district.
Innovation Square is transforming 12 blocks connecting downtown and the University of Florida into a “live, work and play” neighborhood.
“The level of coordination really sets Gainesville and Innovation Square apart from other communities,” says CRA Director Kelly Fisher.
“Whether it is building a road, developing a building or attracting and growing a company, there is collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders. We are building lasting partnerships that are yielding major results.”
Work on Innovation Square has included:
- Overhauling the zoning code to allow for flexibility and clarit
- Coordinating infrastructure improvements across multiple agencies and with the private sector.
- Bringing UF, the city and the business to the table to achieve shared goals of job creation, investment and high quality redevelopment.
“It’s an exciting time for Gainesville, and we’re thrilled that the FRA has recognized these efforts,” Fisher says.