USGBC Florida's Heart of Florida Region is pleased to present this timely and informative education program. Seating is limited, so sign up now. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
This program will start with a brief overview of the diverse work done by the CRA, followed by an in-depth exploration of the Power District, a 17-acre redevelopment initiative of the CRA. The Power District represents an industrial brownfield area uniquely located next to the GRU Kelly Power Plant, the forthcoming Depot Park, the emerging arts community along South Main Street, and is less than a quarter-mile southeast of downtown Gainesville.
In 2013, the CRA led the formation of a stakeholder-based Power District Redevelopment Plan that outlined a flexible and scalable context sensitive approach that will allow the Power District to be implemented in phases based on market conditions, demands and investment opportunities. The plan focuses on laying out a development strategy and framework that will serve as a platform for repurposing existing distressed urban land into an economic development opportunity for the community while creating a signature destination to complement the surrounding land uses.
Creative sustainable design and low impact development treatments will be utilized throughout the Power District’s development to explore energy and resource management while also mitigating stormwater impacts to the Sweetwater Branch Creek Watershed that the Power District sits within. Opportunities for one-of-kind innovative “green building” technologies will be explored during development projects to tell the unique story of energy and the concepts related to the “Power District”.
Andrew Meeker, RLA
Project Manager with the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
Andrew Meeker is a registered landscape architect with more than a decade of public and private sector experience. From managing the CRA’s $6 million budget to overseeing multiple community initiatives, Andrew integrates his process-oriented approach to achieving feasible results.
In his current role as project manager for the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, Andrew led the creation and subsequent implementation strategy of the Power District redevelopment plan (a vision to redevelop 17-acres of former industrial land) and the Innovation Square Parking Analysis and Strategy (a planned five million sf tech-oriented mixed-use development bridging the University of Florida and the city of Gainesville).
Previously, Meeker served as a Senior Landscape Architect for the Parks & Recreation Department as well as the Public Works Department for the City of Greenville, SC. His work included acting as an in-house designer and liaison for several private/public projects, and project manager for multiple planning and construction projects. A few of many career highlights include founding Bikeville (the City of Greenville’s bicycle-friendly community initiative) and working on various residential and commercial planning and design projects in Florida, Georgia and Colorado. In 2002, Meeker received his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. He is a registered landscape architect (RLA) in the State of South Carolina and a league certified cycling instructor (LCI) with the League of the American Bicyclists.
Contact Iris Meeker or Lee Cooke with any questions about this program.
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