The former Oak Park Executive Center, 2002 NW 13th Street. (Courtesy of City of Gainesville)
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Abandoned NW 13th Street Building Slated For Remodel

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A deserted and vandalized building a few blocks north of Gainesville High School could soon undergo a commercial remodeling.

The interior of the former Oak Park Executive Center, 2002 NW 13th Street. (Courtesy of City of Gainesville)

The City of Gainesville has deemed dangerous the 4-story building at 2002 NW 13th Street. A company called American East Hospitality, LLC applied for a building permit this week that would involve a $2 million demolition and renovation, then creating “72 unit suites.”

A sign out front still describes it as the Oak Park Executive Center but in the half-decade since it became abandoned, it has built up quite a sum of city code violation fines.

“These code violations include a dangerous, unsecured and open building, as well as the property not being maintained, meaning they haven’t mowed the grass,” Skinner said. “They are currently accruing a $1000-per-day fine, and that fine is at approximately $511,000.”

Representatives for the owner listed in county property records, Gainesville Alz Inn LLC — based in Venice, Fla. — did not return a phone message. The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office shows the property is about $36,000 behind on its taxes over the past two years.

The city building inspection department is working to review the remodeling plan from American East Hospitality.

The former Oak Park Executive Center, 2002 NW 13th Street. (Courtesy of City of Gainesville)

About Kaylin Bailey

Kaylin is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by emailing news@wuft.org or calling 352-392-6397.

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