Commissioners Meet to Discuss Future of Empowerment Center
Gainesville City Commissioners and Alachua County Commissioners came together today to discuss the future of the Empowerment Center.
Formerly known as the Gainesville Correctional Institution, the Empowerment Center would house needy people in the city of Gainesville.
Commissioners talked about future funding and the potential governance of the Empowerment Center.
Business owners are anxious to see the facility open, saying the homeless are continuing to drive their customers away.
"The patience is running thin with alot of the businesses that have been suffering through this and it's causing an economic hardship to them," said downtown business owner Ken McGurn.
The city granted $1,000,000 for construction funds.
But both commissions have requested state and federal funding for roof repairs, kitchen renovation and equipment.
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