Gainesville - Duval Heights Neighborhood
Duval Area Neighborhood is located in East Gainesville,
close to the city’s downtown area. With nearly 4,000 residents, the neighborhood
contains about 5 percent of the city’s population.
of the Duval neighborhood are active in their community,
participating with the East Gainesville Development Task
Force Neighborhood Coalition to preserve and improve the
quality of life and the economic prosperity of the East
Gainesville area. The neighborhood also has an active
Crime Watch group and many residents serve on city boards
as well as the city commission.
Heights is currently proposed as Gainesville’s fourth redevelopment
district. DEP’s Northeast District is actively seeking to provide
the neighborhood with technical assistance for infrastructure
improvement, educational needs, recreational development and outreach.
and steep ditches are problematic throughout the neighborhood. The
department is coordinating with the St. Johns River Water Management
District to identify potential funding for a community-wide master
plan for drainage improvement. While looking for opportunities
to improve and beautify parks and open space, district personnel are
providing scientific expertise on a wetland of concern.
Writing Assistance - The
DEP recently responded to community needs by providing technical assistance on
a community grant to solve neighborhood flooding problems.
Donations - On Thursday, October 10, DEP delivered computer donations to the Northeast
Gainesville Duval Area Front Porch Florida Community.
This delivery is the first of a large contribution of more than 50
computers donated by DEP to the community.
The Gardenia Gardens Neighborhood
Network Program, located in the Front Porch community, received computers for
use in an after school program that serves over 40 children from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Programs that provide adults and seniors computer training will also
“When the DEP heard that we
needed computers for an after-school computer training center they set out to
find some for us,” says Juanita Miles-Hamilton the community’s liaison.“These computers will help to enhance the technological
skills for the residents of the community.”
The DEP began working with the neighborhood after they were designated the community as a “Florida
Front Porch Community.” With
this designation the DEP and 19 other state agencies have been assisting the
neighborhood to meet goals developed by the community to revitalize their
Duval Heights Priority Project - Residents
of the Duval Heights community identified the following goals as
priorities for neighborhood revitalization:
the need for increased services and educational instruction for the
youth in the neighborhood through job training and employment and
employment programs, after-school computer training centers, youth
recreational programs, tutorial programs, and self-discipline and
and work with 20 neighborhood families with school-aged children in need
of intense case management and social services.
and Neighborhood Security
crime throughout the Duval neighborhood:
police patrol, visibility and enforcement
drug prevention and rehabilitation programs
community involvement programs and neighborhood crime watch
a community/police substation
Service and Neighborhood Organizations -
services available to elderly residents and residents needing home repairs.
Provide community support and neighborhood services by working with the East
Gainesville Development Corporation and community partners. Address
efforts on the provision of incentives, ancillary services and economic
infrastructure to attract businesses in the neighborhood, create
job-training opportunities, and encourage efforts that seek to empower low
and moderate-income families to attain economic stability. Stop
deterioration, stabilize property values, improve and upgrade the visual
appearance ad encourage redevelopment investments in the area.