Bo Diddley Community Plaza Gets Facelift
It's getting a facelift to win a popularity contest.
The north end of Bo Diddley Community Plaza could look very different soon.
Waterfall displays, new bathrooms, new bus stops, cafes and a new stage could soon adorn an aging and tired community plaza.
One of the main questions regarding the plaza is the homeless population and with the opening of the Empowerment Center coming on May 1st, the hope is this will give downtown a fresh start.
"I think people are ready for a change on the plaza," said Sarah Vidal-Finn with the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.
"It's really about activation. It's about bringing more activity throughout the day, through a greater part of the year. And making it dynamic so it's changing all the time," said architect Patrick Ballasch.
Right now, the price tag of this venture is estimated at $1.5 million.
That price could rise leading up to the beginning of the construction process in fall of 2014.
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