Tuesday, September 6, 2011
McKibbon-Robison Announces the Opening of The Gardens of Gainesville

McKibbon-Robison announces the opening of The Gardens of Gainesville, a neighborhood community located at Wessell and Piedmont Roads.

McKibbon-Robison bought the in-town community a year ago and has been working on improving infrastructure and amenities of the 36-homesite neighborhood since the purchase.

“We are excited about the City of Gainesville’s future and have invested several million dollars on multiple projects in the city limits over the last three years during the height of the recession,” said Gainesville native Steve McKibbon of McKibbon-Robison. “We will continue to invest in the City which is well run, has great schools and a bright future with the development of Midtown and Downtown.”

McKibbon-Robison paid for the installation of sidewalks, repairing of damaged streets and completion of paving of neighborhood streets which saved the City of Gainesville approximately $100,000.

“I believe The Gardens is a good example of a quality infill residential neighborhood,” City of Gainesville Community Development Director Rusty Ligon said.  “The developers have gone to great lengths to protect the unique natural character of the property and to preserve the integrity of the surrounding in-town neighborhood.  Plus, The Gardens will include some exceptional amenities including sidewalks and a swimming pool with pavilion.” 

Plans for the neighborhood began more than six years ago but never got off the ground. The City of Gainesville would not issue building permits for the neighborhood until strong ownership took control of the property.

“It was important for us to complete this neighborhood and complete it properly,” McKibbon said. “I grew up around the corner on Dixon Drive and my parents still live there. This area has always meant a lot to me. The Gardens is a beautiful area for homes and we were excited about having the opportunity finish it.”

In addition to paving and adding sidewalks, overgrown homesites and the entrance to the neighborhood were cleared, street lights and gas lights at the entrance were installed, landscape was added to traffic islands and a homeowners’ association was established. Construction was recently completed on a community area with a swimming pool and community pavilion for residents.

The revitalization of The Gardens has caught the attention of nearby neighbors who had seen the property deteriorate over time but have watched it come back to life in the past year.

“I am thrilled to see the redevelopment and revival of The Gardens just across the street from my longtime home on Wessell Drive,” Doug Carter said. “The new owners are well-respected and have a true heart for Gainesville. This in-town neighborhood will certainly be a high-quality addition to Gainesville.”

A website for The Gardens, www.gainesvillegardens.com , has been developed to provide information on the neighborhood and homesite prices. It contains a secure homeowner’s section for regular updates from the homeowners association on activities in the neighborhood. The website features an interactive map that allows visitors to click on an available homesite to view a photograph along with the size and cost of the property.

New homes in the neighborhoods will be approximately 2,500-3,000 square feet and priced under $400,000. The homesite prices for the remainder of 2011 will average $60,000.