Power District Redevelopment Plan
Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency
17.7 acres / 7.2 hectares
Repurposing industrial places is a critical part of planning for the revitalization of cities. Former industrial sites have particular challenges, such as aging infrastructure, poor connectivity to surrounding areas and real or perceived environmental issues. These site, however, also have special opportunities, including large, adaptable buildings and very often prime locations within cities.
The idea of the Power District began when the City of Gainesville, Florida decided to relocate 17 acres of electrical utilities facilities, adjacent to an active power plant, out of downtown to a new location outside the city. With this land, the City of Gainesville plans spark redevelopment and connect Downtown to the City’s future signature civic space, Depot Park.
The Power District is envisioned as a new destination in the City with mixed use development, increased density and new public space. The Power District Redevelopment Plan aims to achieve this while preserving the distinct industrial character of the area, focusing on creating space for local businesses and startups, and metering the pace of development with a parcel-level strategy that will allow for small scale and incremental redevelopment. Old buildings will be repurposed and new buildings will infill around new plazas and a preserved community garden.
In this way, the City of Gainesville intends to grow in place, create new economic opportunities and establish a new international model for how the needs of urban density can be balanced with the finer grained character of existing communities.