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420-acre research community planned for Alachua

Courtesy of The Capitolist

BY KAREN MURPHY

San Felasco Research Ventures is developing a new mixed-use 420-acre Research Community within the City of Alachua.

Anchored by Momentum Labs, the development will be adjacent to Progress Park and is designed to be a home to a major research community for science and technology companies.

According to a release by the company, the new development is strategically located neighboring Sid Martin Biotech — a life sciences, biomedical research, medicine, and chemical sciences incubator. Plans call for the development to include research and development facilities, commercial space, and advanced manufacturing, as well as a residential community.

“The project aims to create a holistic community to support existing City of Alachua citizens and provide future residents with the opportunity to live within the community where they work, enjoy miles of adjacent nature trails, numerous sports facilities, and adjacent community recreation amenities throughout the City of Alachua,” said the development company.

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“The addition of this project within Alachua will strengthen research and business activity in our biotechnology sector. With the combination of this new project and existing assets, our region is poised to become the epicenter of science, research, and technology in the State of Florida,” said City of Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper.

Concept Companies will act as master-developer for the research community in close collaboration with The Roberts Companies.

The release said, “The two companies have been leaders throughout the region as strategic development partners for facilities utilized by the biotech community and, through this monumental collaboration, are building expanded momentum for science and technology incubation and growth in the region. Concept Companies, both on its own and as part of San Felasco Research Ventures, is developing the key infrastructure to serve these important economic sectors that ultimately help people live better lives while expanding the employment opportunities in the community.”

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor working with the City of Alachua on several critical projects in the region, including Copeland Park and Foundation Park,” said Brian Crawford, founder, owner and CEO, Concept Companies and Manager, San Felasco Research Ventures.

“Together with Concept Companies, we are proud to have created a tremendous partnership with Alachua that will continue to generate exceptional results for the city’s residents and the region,” said Austen Roberts, President, The Roberts Companies.

  • Hopefully it won’t be partnered with UF or Alachua County and will provide some tax relief for the rest of us.

  • Hopefully no gain of function virology labs… 🙄
    Alachua has done a great job of attracting some excellent businesses.

    • Agree about virology labs but attracting excellent businesses…purely subjective and with the upcoming utility rate increases, I’m sure Gainesville will be shedding more businesses than grooming. Unless you count the nonprofits that are only able to operate with government handouts.

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