Celebration Pointe: Gainesville’s Retail Lifestyle Center

A study at Nielson revealed that 62 percent of millennials prefer to live in “walkable, urban-style, mixed-use communities proximate to their workplaces and to restaurants, shopping and transit.” Celebration Pointe is currently under construction in Gainesville, and will be conducive for this desired millennial lifestyle. The retail lifestyle center will contain residential, business, and entertainment areas.

Gainesville’s SHD Development, Miami’s 1220G, and Atlanta’s RaCo Real Estate Advisors will lead the Celebration Pointe project. The project will be comprised of garden-style apartments, town homes, and flats. In addition, the community area will include Bass Pro Shops, a Hotel Indigo, a movie theater, and 60,000 square feet of corporate space for Info Tech. 

RaCo Principal Ralph Conti describes the development as “a suburban site with a variety of urban components that will be dense and highly walkable.” Conti also explains the difficulties in mixed-use projects such as parking separation, shared common areas and the required 24-hour security. “It takes an army of people working together to pull off one of these projects.” Despite these difficulties, Celebration Pointe is planned to open in 2016, giving Gainesville an exciting new area to look forward to!

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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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