Live Oak —
The Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency is spearheading two development projects in downtown Live Oak which are undergoing landscaping, according to CRA Director Tim Williams. Here’s a brief update of what is happening with Heritage Trail and the vacant lots that run parallel to Howard and Warren streets.
The redevelopment at the former site of two buildings has been in the works for quite some time, following a sinkhole that ultimately led to the demolition of those buildings. Since then, the sinkhole has been remediated and redevelopment of the lot is underway.
“The CRA Board separated the project into phases and Phase 1 is almost ready for bidding,” said CRA Director Tim Williams. “Our consulting engineers are gathering the last information necessary to finalize the plans. We recently increased the scope of work to potentially include the installation of conduit under the proposed improvements according to Florida Power and Lights engineered plans so that utilities can be routed underground in the future, without tearing up the new roads.”
According to Williams, Suwannee County Parks and Recreation recently planted large live oak trees on the vacant lots.
“Because we will be removing the river rock and concrete underlying the streets adjacent to the downtown sinkhole lots, installing landscaping and grass there at a later date would be complicated by the construction, so SCPR took on an expedited landscaping project there now,” Williams said. “The installation of a decorative fence may lag a bit behind as materials need to be ordered and the other work must be completed first.”
Williams said SCPR has been instrumental in managing this project.
“Without their assistance and support we would not have remained on schedule. Providing we remain on schedule, I believe the lots will be used for the Live Oak July Fourth Festival,” Williams said.
The area is also the future home of the farmers market that is already on Fridays from 12-6 p.m. at John H. Hale Community Park on Duval Street.