Presbyterian Student Center to be remade into retail space

 Exciting news for Gainesville! On University Avenue, directly across from the University of Florida, there is soon to be new retail and restaurant space. There are plans for rooftop and outdoor dining as well. Gainesville commercial real estate will most definitely benefit from the addition of this new shopping center.

By Anthony Clark | The Gainesville Sun

The Presbyterian and Disciples of Christ Student Center across from the University of Florida campus is slated for redevelopment as a restaurant and retail center called U14 with up to seven suites.

Officials with the Presbyterian Synod of South Atlantic, which owns the property at 1402 W. University Ave., could not be reached for comment. The student center’s website shows no events scheduled there after 2010, while Presbyterian churches in town have held college student services.

The 35-year-old Burrito Brothers Taco Co. restaurant moved to the back of the building in 2006 before its location at 16 NW 13th St. was demolished as part of the now dormant University Corners development project.

“Burrito Brothers is an institution in Gainesville. We’re doing everything possible to make sure they stay and hopefully expand their presence in the building,” said Nick Banks of the Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group.

Front Street started marketing the project this week and Banks said it already has six national restaurants that are “extremely interested.”

Plans call for closing in the covered porch facing University Avenue and expanding the building back toward Northwest First Avenue. The plan includes a rooftop deck and 6,000 square feet of outdoor dining space. The developer, which has a contract to buy the property, held a design contest for UF architecture students for ideas. It is expected to be complete in summer 2013.

The developer is a partnership of Keith Crutcher and David Selznick. Crutcher owns Gainesville Real Estate Management Company with properties that include the UF Plaza, home of Copper Monkey, Pita Pit and Munchies 420, among others. Selznick is a UF grad with a Chicago real estate investment firm.

 

 

Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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