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These two midtown housing developments get first OK
Construction crews frame a portion of The Enclave along Pine Street. The redevelopment project is bordered by MLK Jr. Boulevard and Pine, Davis and Willis streets.

Update, March 3: Two housing projects in midtown Gainesville on Wills Street and Davis Street were unanimously approved by the Gainesville City Council Tuesday, March 3.

Update, Feb. 11: Two midtown Gainesville housing projects were given an initial OK Tuesday, Feb. 11, by the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

Original story: 

Midtown Gainesville could be getting some new residential options, and the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will hear two proposals at its meeting Tuesday.

The Gainesville City Council will vote on the developments at a later time.

Wills Street townhomes

Seven new townhome-style apartments could be built at 890, 892 and 898 Wills Street, neighboring the Enclave townhomes and using a similar design to that development. The Enclave, which was completed in 2017, includes 45 three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhomes that are each at least 1,500 square feet large.

The 0.4-acre property would be rezoned from general business to residential for the seven new townhomes. The property currently has a parking lot and three church buildings that would be demolished if the townhomes are built.

The city’s planning staff is recommending approval of the project. 

Davis Street homes

Around the corner from the Wills Street development, the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation is requesting to build five single-family homes to be known as the “Davis Street Cottages.”

The five Davis Street cottages would range from 1,150 to 1,500 square feet in size with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The foundation, which was established by the city of Gainesville in 1970, is governed by a seven-member board appointed by the mayor and City Council. Its goal is “to eliminate slums, combat community deterioration, secure adequate housing, purchase land and/or develop land, and improve the living conditions” in the city, according to the project application.

The foundation purchased the land at 617, 635, 641 and 645 Davis St. in June 2017 with the goal of building affordable housing.

Davis Street will be reopened to provide access to Queen City Parkway, and the Davis Street cul-de-sac will be removed to become part of the proposed development.

City staff is recommending approval of the project.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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