The City of Gainesville plans to demolish a building located in Cofrin Nature Park, which is located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave., within the next month.
Cofrin Nature Park was acquired in 2003 from the Cofrin family, who owned the property for more than 40 years. The family wanted to see the site protected, and open to the public as a park. When the property was acquired, it contained a 4,440 square foot, two-story house formerly used as the Cofrin residence. At the time, the city pursued using the facility for restroom access and potential indoor nature classes. Evaluation of the structure has revealed that its use for these purposes is not feasible. The engineering analysis stated that building renovations to bring it up to code would need to be taken before renovation could be considered. Additionally, the structure was deemed to have no significant architectural or historical value, and thus is proposed for demolition.