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Construction could start on mixed-use downtown Gainesville building in early 2018
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Construction of a $12 million, 60,000-square-foot mixed-use development off Jesse Jewell Parkway and Main Street could begin early next year.

A Friday groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled at the site, said Brian Daniel, president of Carroll Daniel Construction in Gainesville.

“I don’t think we’ll actually start turning dirt until the first of the year,” he said Tuesday.

Carroll Daniel Construction and Knight Commercial Real Estate were selected by Gainesville in May to develop three mixed-use projects with a combined investment of $53 million on city-owned downtown property.

Carroll Daniel’s building will be anchored by the company and its 150 employees. Daniel has said the company has outgrown its headquarters at 921 Athens St. and will occupy about 23,000 square feet at the new building.

“It’s incredible to see how much activity is going on right now in this community,” Daniel said at the May 2 announcement of the downtown project.

“This community has put years of thought and planning into the redevelopment of its downtown and midtown districts. It’s great to see that vision coming alive so quickly.”

“We’re looking forward to being downtown,” Daniel said last week. “It’s an exciting time.”

Knight Commercial Real Estate will invest another $16 million in a project with 15,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurants on the south side of the downtown square — dubbed Parkside on the Square — with some 40 condominiums for sale with prices starting in the $300,000 price range.

“We plan to start the residential condominium pre-sales early next year and begin construction in early spring with completion in spring 2019,” said Tim Knight of Knight Commercial last week.

Since the announcement earlier this year, “we have been hard at work on our due diligence checklist” related to the project, including surveys, construction engineering, building design and materials selection.

“There are literally thousands of details to work through in order to build a high-quality, mixed-use project like this downtown,” Knight said.

Without citing specific tenants, he added, “We are very pleased with where we are on retail pre-leasing. It looks like we will be able to bring a variety of new restaurants and retailers to the square.”

To accommodate the additional traffic that Parkside is expected to generate, Gainesville is looking to expand the city-owned parking deck off Main Street by two more levels.

City officials have said the expansion could take about eight months to complete.

Knight’s company also will invest $25 million on a lot at Jesse Jewell and Maple Street. The project includes 30,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space with about 150 market-rate apartments for rent above.

Concerning that project, “we are also making great progress in due diligence and are on track to break ground on that project late next year,” Knight said.

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