In cooperation with  Family Dollar Stores, Inc., Orlando-based  Stephens Barrios Development, LLC completed construction of an 8,320 square foot retail store on 23rd Northeast Avenue.  The store, which opened in April 2012, brings employment and value-oriented retail to the neighborhood.

The collaborative effort between the City of Gainesville staff and the developer, helped to preserve a 58-inch-diameter heritage live oak tree and enhance the building exterior. With the active involvement of both Earline Luhrman, the city’s urban forestry inspector, and Scott Wright, a senior planner, the city staff and developer were able to work through creative solutions to preserve the beautiful oak tree and meet the requirements of the tenant.
The building exterior was also outfitted with decorative features to enhance the aesthetics of the NE 23rd Avenue corridor.

The site layout and landscaping were designed by Barrios Engineering, LLC, Orlando, and building plans were modified by LIS Engineering and Architecture LLC, Oviedo, with additional elements for meeting local codes.   General contractor for the project was Pioneer Construction Services, Inc., Orlando. Pioneer Construction Services has worked with Stephens Barrios Development to complete several Family Dollar Stores in central and north central Florida.  Family Dollar Stores Inc., is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina and operates over 8,000 stores throughout the United States.

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