Heartwood Neighborhood at 1717 SE 8th Avenue

Location:  1717 SE 8th Avenue

Start Date:  2008

Key Partners:  Department of Housing and Community Development

Estimated Completion Date:  2022-2023

Available Funding:  $1.3 Million

Heartwood Neighborhood at 1717 SE 8th Avenue
Heartwood Neighborhood at 1717 SE 8th Avenue
Heartwood Neighborhood at 1717 SE 8th Avenue


One very important redevelopment project linked to the Southeast Gainesville Renaissance Initiative (SEGRI) is the redevelopment of the former Kennedy Homes property. In 2007, the City of Gainesville purchased and cleared the property, and designated the CRA as an agent for the City in formulating the plans to redevelop the site. After years of community engagement, the neighborhood was named “Heartwood” and the vision was created: to build a mixed-income community characterized by high-quality housing, top-level urban design, “green” features, and community connectedness.

Located within walking distance to local schools and in close proximity to downtown and the University of Florida, this new residential community will offer 34 new homes, tree-lined streets, and walking trails.

Phase 1 site construction and the model home construction is complete. 11 home model options are offered at a variety of sizes and price points. Keller Williams/Team Dynamo is the realtor for the sale of the homes. Information on how to buy a home and available models is available at heartwoodgnv.com.


Milestones Accomplished

  • Community-based Master Plan process complete
  • 100% Master Plan approved
  • Site work complete
  • Model Home Complete
  • Request for Qualifications for Homebuilders approved by City Commission on 8/6/2020
  • Model Home Construction Complete
  • Dreams2Reality Homebuyers Selected

Contact Information

GCRA Project Manager



Last Updated On: 11/19/2021