State Approves Sale of Former Prison For Use as Homeless Center
Published November 20th, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- After nearly a decade of missteps, the city of Gainesville is now poised to establish its 'one-stop homeless center' at the site of a former prison.
On Tuesday, the Florida Cabinet unanimously approved the sale of the former Gainesville Correctional Institution to the city for $1.4 million.
The sale means city leaders can now begin the process of choosing an agency to run the planned homeless center, which will be based out of the former prison.
But because the GCI is located more than 3.5 miles away from downtown -- where much of the city's homeless population currently sleeps -- some homeless residents have criticized the city's choice of location.
City officials, however, say there are already two bus routes available to transport the homeless to GCI, and are currently exploring the possibility of adding more.
City commissioners will now begin reviewing proposals from the two agencies that applied to run the center, and are expected to make their choice next month.
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