After, literally, years of effort, final approval to open Alachua Street is here. Alachua
doesn’t look like much now, but considering the impact of an opening and the plans dependant upon this added access, this is the single key to a working CRA, development of the surrounding property and management of traffic during events on Centre. It also allows for an added rationale to stabilize the waterfront and change Front Street to a “one way” street, leading traffic away from the port at the Centre/Front intersection.
Thinking about the waterfront and marina, the recent purchase of an added area north of the current marina, took an opening of Alachua into consideration and adds even more logic to the change. Eventually, the marina will move and expand northward, moving larger slips away from the disaster of a mud flat and negligent marina placement years ago….a cost we’ve been covering with tax dollars.