BOCC to address sports center, scenic highway

As the Alachua Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) sets up authorization for future meetings with adjacent counties, it will tackle a full agenda at the April 27 meeting.

A sports events center project update will possibly lead to the board’s approval of moving forward on a predevelopment agreement.

Officials hope the facility planned for Celebration Pointe will grow into a regional and out-of-state draw for sports teams. The staff could be directed to continue to engage with the development team on the design to maximize the sports events potential and allow for the use of energy management funds for the commissioning of building systems in support of sustainability goals for operations and utility performance.

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The agenda also includes an update on community redevelopment funds for the Gainesville area, including grant awardees Working Food and Rebuilding Together North Central Florida.

The two $50,000 grants are for professional services related to employment opportunities, food systems, the built environment, and residential energy efficiency for low-income and elderly populations in Gainesville and the surrounding area. The grant term ends on July 1. The recommended action is to accept the presentation and amend Working Food’s agreement to extend the term through December 31, 2021.

And the board will hold a public hearing to consider the designation of Tuscawilla Road as a Scenic Road Corridor. If approved, it will cost $400 for the Alachua Public Works department to place the signage scenic road guidelines.

The complete agenda and link to background documents is available online.

The public may attend and participate in this meeting virtually or in-person. Both will have opportunity to offer public comment. To submit comments call 1-800-876-7516 or email Callers should state their names and limit comments to two minutes.

Citizens may attend the meeting virtually through Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and the county’s video on demand website.

In-person attendees are required to wear facial coverings at all times. Public seating will be made available up to the capacity that permits adequate social distancing.

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