Heartwood Neighborhood at 1717 SE 8th Avenue

Location: 1717 SE 8th Avenue

Status: In Progress

Start Date: 2008

Estimated Completion Date: 2019

Available Funding: $1.3 Million

Former CRA District: Eastside

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 the neighborhood was named “Heartwood” and the vision was created: to build a 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.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in October of 2017 and phase 1 construction is currently underway. The lots at Heartwood are expected to be available for purchase in early 2019.

More information is available on the Heartwood website.

Milestones Accomplished

  • Community-based Master Plan process complete
  • 100% Master Plan approved
  • Site work underway

Contact Information

Daniel Gil

CRA Project Manager



Last Updated On: April 4, 2019