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ALACHUA ‒ After 10 years in the making, the City of Alachua’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is finally breaking ground o a major project that will significantly change the city’s downtown. The project aims to add 42 new parking spaces over a underground stormwater retention basin as well as underground utilities serving nearby businesses.

The project comes after numerous property owners in the project’s vicinity donated land, and the CRA purchased a shuttered daycare facility. The project is the largest by the CRA since the reconstruction of Northwest 142nd Terrance and Northwest 150th Terrace near City Hall and the tennis courts

Funding for the project came from a $150,000 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development as well as funds from the City of Alachua’s general fund and the CRA tax increment financing funds. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Alachua.

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