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Gainesville commission will vote on borrowing for renovations tonight

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The Gainesville City Commission will vote on funding arsenic contamination remediation in a developing Gainesville park at its meeting tonight. The remediation of Depot Park is already underway through funding from other sources, but with this action, the city would borrow about $1.6 million to complete the project. City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins says the contamination was first caused by industrial activity on the Depot Park land prior to its purchase.

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If the contamination is cleared, Hawkins says Depot Park will be developed into a recreational center and house the Cade Museum for Innovation and Invention.  He says commissioners will also look in to borrowing about $4 million for renovations to the Gainesville Police Department.

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Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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