REAL ESTATE

Butler Town Center ‘dream team’ named

BY Katherine Boccaccio

A Gainesville, Florida, mixed-use project now features a strategically assembled team to lead the property to its planned fall 2018 opening.

According to Butler Enterprises president Deborah Butler, the team of local, national and international design and construction professionals will work with Butler to create a world-class retail and residential core for Gainesville.

The team consists of:

• CMH Architects, Birmingham, Alabama, which will design the retail complex;

• Humphreys & Partners Architects, Dallas, which will design the residential towers;

• SWA Group, Sausalito, California, which will create the hardscape and landscaping design;

• CHW, Gainesville, Florida, which will oversee the civil engineering;

• Contemporary Management Concepts, Alachua, Florida, which will provide full service marketing, consulting and financial expertise to the residential towers;

• J. Raymond Construction, Longwood, Florida, which will serve as the construction manager to build the infrastructure and the 365 by Whole Foods; and

• Hoar Construction, Birmingham, Alabama, which will serve as the Town Center construction manager.

"Butler Town Center will create an entirely new neighborhood in the midst of an already operating property with our Butler Plaza and Butler North retail centers,” said Deborah Butler. “I can't underestimate the complexity of this development — I needed the best of the best to implement my vision for this phase of the Butler property.”

Preliminary site work already is under way at Butler Town Center, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held in early fall. The project will showcase new-to-market shops, restaurants and entertainment in a mixed-use format anchored by the first 365 by Whole Foods announced for the State of Florida, two residential towers and a newly renovated Regal Cinema. Butler Town Center will be the capstone of a multi-center expansion that is taking place at Butler (which includes the iconic Butler Plaza), expanding the complex from 1 million sq. ft. to nearly 2 million sq. ft. on 267 acres.

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