Cornerstone Redevelopment

Location: 2153 SE Hawthorne Road
Key Partners: Santa Fe College CIED, City of Gainesville, local residents and businesses
Available Funding: $1,500,000 TBD


The Cornerstone redevelopment will transform the 13.6 acre campus around the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) on East Hawthorne Road. GTEC is a 30,000 sq. ft. business incubator, owned by the City and managed by Santa Fe College. Established in 2000, GTEC was the first technology company incubator in the City.

The CRA is leading the design of a commercial-focused mixed-use development with up to ten buildings, aiming to retain GTEC graduates in East Gainesville and attract new businesses to the area. CRA staff is working on a holistic redevelopment approach for the transformation of the site, including branding, business recruitment and physical development efforts. In 2016 Merieux NutriSciences, an international food testing company, announced their plans to relocate to a new facility on the Cornerstone Campus.

Milestones Accomplished:
  • Master plan complete and adopted, 3/2015
  • Developer solicitation and selection completed, 4/2014
  • Implementation strategy and prioritization underway
  • Physical improvements underway
  • Branding, marketing and business recruitment underway
Next Steps: Partner with developers and potential tenants to construct the first building on site. Implement site and infrastructure improvements. Develop branding and marketing strategies.

Contact Information

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Last updated on March 6, 2018