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Gainesville Welcomes “Tech City”

Tucked in Alachua county off of U.S. 441, a design for a new kind of city is in the works, according to the Gainesville Sun.

Rich Blaser, CEO of Infinite Energy, and Mitch Glaeser, CEO of the Emory Group Companies, are transforming their vision for the San Felasco Tech City into reality.

Tech City will consist of 60,000 square feet of mixed work space, living space, and recreational areas. Glaeser and his team are staying up to date with millennial trends. They’ll focus on environmental care, minimalist design, and recreational room.

The two are looking to develop a new home for growing businesses and startups in the community, including Glaeser’s own Emory Group of Companies.

The design is still in its early stages of development. However, Glaeser expects to pull permits next month and anticipates a start date in August. The team is working with the University of Florida School of Architecture to design some of the area’s key highlights.

“The San Felasco Tech City is really about being a better community,” Glaeser said in an interview with the Gainesville Sun.

The San Felasco Tech City’s inspiration board includes Native American architecture, treehouses, tiny homes, and repetitive design and shade.

Tiny homes should be cheaper than traditional homes, Glaeser said. In addition, they also plan to create an option for employees to receive vouchers to live in the tech city making housing more affordable.

Glaeser also wants to meet with representatives from UF, Santa Fe College and Alachua County Public Schools. He hopes to discuss the possibility of feeder programs and other benefits.