From Tackle Box to area 'gateway'


The old site of The Tackle Box bait shop, which sits on a triangle of land between E. University Avenue and Hawthorne Road, will be torn down and turned into a landscaped ''gateway'' to that side of town.

AARON DAYE/Gainesville Guardian
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 2:44 p.m.
The city of Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency recently bought a more than 50-year-old building in east Gainesville with plans to convert it from an eyesore into an eye-catching neighborhood sign, according to an official with the agency.
That building is the former Tackle Box site at SE 15th Street and Hawthorne Road. It will be turned into a gateway later this year, said Matt Dubé, a CRA project coordinator.
"A gateway is a physical structure or landscaping built to indicate to people passing by that they are transitioning into a new neighborhood," he said.
The CRA paid $170,000 for the property, and has budgeted $200,000 for the completion of the project.
The agency decided to buy the property because it had been on the market for several years, and due to the limited parking surrounding the building, as well as other issues, it was not attracting attention from private business owners, Dubé said.
"The CRA felt that it could be turned into something to increase the beauty and the fortunes of the area," he said.
The official wording of the gateway won't be known until feedback is received from the East Gainesville Redevelopment Advisory Board.
Judy Daemer, whose father built the original Tackle Box in 1953, and who is the owner of the business today, said she has mixed feelings about the building being demolished.
The business moved to its present location at Newnan's Lake off Hawthorne Road about three years ago and put the old site up for sale.
"It is one of those things," she said. "Of course, I have sentimental feelings about the building. But in the big picture, if no business is going to operate there, something to beautify the area, such as a gateway, is perfect."

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