Five-story Home2 Suites hotel to replace Bambi Motel on SW 13th St.

A five-story Home2 Suites by Hilton is planned to replace the one-story Bambi Motel at 2119 SW 13th St. in Gainesville, shown here on Friday.

Joe Byrnes/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

A five-story Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel will be replacing the one-story Bambi Motel at 2119 SW 13th St. The new building will feature 95-100 guest rooms, according to the plans submitted to the city of Gainesville.

The property was acquired by Impact Properties, a Tampa-based real estate company, said Vice President Shirin Kanji. Kanji said it is the perfect location for a new hotel because of its proximity to the University of Florida and nearby hospitals.

The hotel is designed as an extended-stay hotel with apartment-style suites, but it will cater to all guests regardless of their stay time.

Engineering firm Eng, Denman & Associates Inc. is heading the project, and construction will begin in about three to four weeks as soon as the final permits are obtained, engineer Sergio Reyes said. Kanji said the new hotel will open in 2015.


CordaRoy's is planning to move in August from its location at 5310 NW Eighth Ave. to the Westgate Regency Plaza, owner Byron Young said. The new location will be bigger, feature a showroom and hopefully attract more students, he said.

Moving into the former TitleTown Textbook space, CordaRoy's corporate office will expand to 8,000 square feet at Westgate from its current 1,600-square-foot location.

The new space will be undergoing renovation soon, Young said.

Young said a 2,200-square-foot showroom, designed by Magnum X Design Build, will showcase its Sleepers, or foam-filled chairs and sofas that convert into beds. The showroom is a new concept for the company, he said, and if successful, he hopes to create others like it around the country.


Community Bank & Trust of Florida has opened a new office across from the University of Florida campus at 1802 W. University Ave. in Roberts' Stadium Club.

The new banking office is part of an expansion plan for the bank's branch network and is the 10th location to open in the Alachua, Marion and Sumter county areas. The bank's first Gainesville location is at 6120 NW First Place.

The branch will hold a grand opening May 15.


Gainesville Running and Walking, a locally owned and operated exercise store, is moving to Butler Plaza in May.

The store will join GatorTec and Sprint at 3600 Archer Road as the third building to be renovated to create the "Shoppes at Butler," Deborah Butler, president of Butler Enterprises, said in a news release.

Gainesville Running and Walking, now in Tioga Town Center in Jonesville, is owned by the Carrillo family, who founded it in 2008. The store's workers are known as "shoe professionals," trained to fit a person for the right footwear for running and walking, according to its website.


City College has opened a second campus at its original location on Southwest 13th Street. Executive Director Doug Goodwin said the college tried to sell the building after moving into its new location at 7001 NW Fourth Blvd., but the offers weren't good enough.

Instead of selling the property, the private college began a $150,000 remodeling project in October. Students began occupying the renovated building, which now houses the veterinary technician program, on April 2.

Goodwin said additional programs will be offered at the 13th Street location within the next year.

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