Neighbors Say Hello to New UF President's Mansion and Goodbye to Trees
GAINESVILLE- It is known as tree city USA, but that’s a difficult title to maintain when developing the area many call Gainesville.
Construction plans at the University of Florida are transforming the backyards of more than a just a few people.
Last Sunday the University of Florida hosted a meeting with the Golfview neighborhood association about plans to build the new president’s mansion near the back of the community.
Neighbors who attended the packed meeting say they walked away excited about the new addition but didn’t realize just how much was going to be taken away.
The sound of nature tucked away from the busy streets and campus just blocks away is what keeps the residents of Golfview happy.
Golfview Resident, Margaret Tolbert says there are plenty of things to like about the wooded area behind the neighborhood,
“It’s a world famous running trail, I can see olympians go past my fence and I use it myself, and it’s just a little natural conduit.”
Tree clearing began Wednesday as discussed in a community meeting with University officials.
UF Spokesperson, Janine Sikes says discretion was used when removing the trees, “It required quite a bit of cleanup ultimately about 30 trees were removed, very small trees none of them were heritage trees.”
In addition to this new construction, the current president’s mansion just a short drive away will be getting some much needed renovation.
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