Clark Butler Boulevard to Connect Community and Commerce, and Create OpportunityOctober 19th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Yesterday, Greater Gainesville leaders in business, government, education and more gathered to commemorate the dedication of Clark Butler Boulevard. Speakers included Butler Enterprises President Deborah Butler, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Susan Davenport as well as its immediate past Board Chairman Mitch Glaeser; Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy; Congressman Ted Yoho, and representatives from the office of Congresswoman Corinne Brown and the offices of Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson.
Comments from all speakers focused on Clark Butler’s vision, and the milestone project’s significance in terms of job creation, economic activity and transportation capacity. While bolstering economic activity and creating more than 3,500 jobs, the stretch of road will increase transportation capacity by moving the region closer to having a parallel north/south corridor to Interstate-75.
Speakers acknowledged Clark Butler’s vision and the unprecedented public-private partnerships that have helped the project succeed and led to the ranking of the missing piece of SW 62nd Boulevard—from SW 43rd St. to SW 20th Avenue—by the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) as its No. 1 one transportation priority in the newly adopted Long Range Transportation Plan.
Butler Plaza’s expansion also will greatly enhance the retail experience available to shoppers in North Central Florida and surrounding regions. Growing from more than 80 to over 150 stores, and from 1 million to 1.8 million square feet, the combined Butler projects—Butler Plaza, Butler North and Butler Town Center—will provide an enhanced shopping experience and merchandise selection currently not available in a single location in the entire North Central Florida market.