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heart·wood n. the older, harder central wood of a tree that is denser, more durable and provides the strength and support for the tree to grow tall.

Heartwood: Past, Present, and Future

Heartwood is a neighborhood immersed in nature and inspired by history. Part of a unique and vibrant community, Heartwood seeks to connect the neighborhood within the fabric of the existing community.
Heartwood is a new neighborhood located at the site of the former Kennedy Homes apartment complex at 1717 SE 8th Avenue. Kennedy Homes was built in 1968 and was in operation until 2003 when it was damaged by a fire and closed down. In 2007, the City of Gainesville purchased the property and cleared the property, and in 2008 tasked the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, now the Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA) with redeveloping the site.
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Press conference at the former Kennedy Homes Apartment Complex, 2007
After many years of community engagement and planning, the new neighborhood was named “Heartwood” and the vision was created: to build a mixed-income community characterized by high-quality housing, top-level urban design, “green” features, and community connectedness. The new neighborhood would not only inspire growth but would also elevate the standards for subsequent development in the area.
Heartwood Groundbreaking, 2017
In 2021, the vision for Heartwood will become a reality. The neighborhood offers 11 home models at a variety of price points. 11 of the 34 lots will be available to qualified buyers with Dreams2Reality financing, a program created specifically for Heartwood by the City of Gainesville’s Department of Housing and Community Development. This partnership will enable a truly mixed-income community that 34 lucky neighbors will call home.
Heartwood will offer many of the amenities that residents of East Gainesville have come to know and love. Tree-lined walking paths, old-growth oak trees, and beautiful wetlands will be just outside your door. In addition to these outdoor amenities, Heartwood is walking distance to Joseph Williams Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and the TB McPherson Recreation Complex, one mile from downtown Gainesville and Depot Park, and less than three miles from the University of Florida and Innovation Square. The neighborhood is also minutes from Newnan’s Lake, Morningside Nature Center, and Boulware Springs Park, and is easily accessible from I-75 via Williston Road.

A unique mix of nature, culture, and community — Heartwood will be the ideal place to call home.

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