This is what the Florida Community Design Center is all about:
“Roberta Lopez said the reconstruction of the [historic Archer] gymnasium into a community center began in 2002 after she was elected to the city commission.
“Lopez asked the commission for the key to the gymnasium, which she had noticed was boarded up despite the red brick being in good condition.
“When I opened the door, all I could see at that time was the potential for the building to be utilized as a community center,” she said. “It had a stage and a lot of open space. And while it was dirty, I didn’t see any of that.”
The next day, Lopez went to the Florida Community Design Center and told them what she had in mind.
“I walked out with an architect, a UF professor, and a grad student who helped me to come up with a plan,” she said. “From there, it’s history, but it took a lot of hard work and sacrificing.”
For the full story: visit https://www.gainesville.com/news/20180422/archer-community-center-awarded-historic-status