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Gainesville awards funds for redevelopment
Office building set to replace downtown car wash
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A car wash on the corner of E.E. Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways is expected to come down tomorrow, following a decision by the Gainesville City Council.

The council voted Tuesday morning to grant funds meant for redevelopment projects to attorney Mike Weaver for the demolition of the car wash.

Weaver plans to build a 10,800-square-foot office building in its place. And he told the council this morning he will start the redevelopment project immediately.

“You’re going to see your tax dollars at work quickly,” Weaver said.

The council granted Weaver $71,000 to redevelop the parcel, which sits at a prominent intersection in the city. Weaver said the total project will cost $3 million.

The money the council granted came from a special redevelopment fund the city has been collecting funds for since 2006. The funds are meant to help developers who plan to redevelop blighted areas of the city’s Midtown and downtown districts.

Weaver is the first to be promised the funds, and he will receive the money as soon as he receives a certificate of occupancy on the new building.

The money is specifically slated for the demolition of the current car wash, the construction of a sidewalk around the property, landscaping and lighting on the site.

It comes with the condition that Weaver begin the work within 90 days of approval.