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Oct 25, 2015

Editorial: Economic hope for Hawthorne

Few places in Alachua County need an economic shot in the arm more than Hawthorne...So it’s no surprise that city officials and residents have greeted the Plum Creek Timber Company’s development plan with enthusiasm. This year, the company separated nearly 1,400 acres it owns near Hawthorne out of its bigger plan for eastern Alachua County. Plum Creek is instead working to have the city of Hawthorne annex the land for a jobs center that could be ready to develop by 2017.

The wider Plum Creek plan has faced intense controversy, but the Hawthorne portion seemed to offer an opportunity for agreement...Yet county commissioners are now laying the groundwork for a possible challenge to Plum Creek’s Hawthorne plan.

Photo credit: Erica Brough, The Gainesville Sun, The Gainesville Sun, October 25, 2015. (Read entire article)

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