Community Redevelopment Area Design Studio

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Community Redevelopment Area Design Studio

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Community Redevelopment Area Design Studio


Ocala (Fla.)


A sign for the Community Redevelopment Area Design Studio, located at the Ocala Union Station at 531 Northeast First Avenue in Ocala, Florida, in 2014. The Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability in Ocala has designated Ocala Union Station as a redevelopment area and hosts weekly lectures, presentations, and design exercises.

Built in 1917, the Ocala Union Station was not the pioneer depot for Ocala's booming phosphorus mining, citrus cultivation, and Silver Springs tourism. Ocala was a developing city for transportation long before Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) crossed lines and created Union Station. According to the Historic Ocala website, Ocala had achieved its population, well-developed system of transportation, and prosperous economy by 1895, well before the arrival of the Ocala Union Station,

Periodic recessions, however, from 1890 to 1920 took an especially hard toll on Florida. U.S. Census data shows that the Marion County population fell from 26,941 in 1910 to 23,968 in 1920—an 11 percent drop. As the Ocala Union Station grew as a result of tourism, trade, and the Florida Land Boom, it helped reverse the trend. Census data from 1930 shows 29,578 people living in Marion County, which houses the station to this day.


Mercado, Carlos R.


Original color digital image by Carlos R. Mercado, March 12, 2014.

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Central Florida Railroad Depots Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Ocala Union Station, Ocala, Florida

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Originally created by Carlos R. Mercado.

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Copyright to this resource is held by Carlos R. Mercado and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Dr. Connie L. Lester's American Economic History Undergraduate Class, Spring 2014


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External Reference

McCarthy, Kevin, and Ernest Jernigan. Ocala. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2001.
Mulligan, Michael. Railroad Depots of Central Florida. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2008.
Turner, Gregg M. A Journey into Florida Railroad History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.
Turner, Gregg M. A Short History of Florida Railroads. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2003.
Murdock, R. Ken. Outline History of Central Florida Railroads. Winter Garden, Fla: Central Florida Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, 1997.
"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 25: The Railways of Central Florida." RICHES of Central Florida.


Community Redevelopment Area Design Studio

Open Wednesday
10:00am to Noon

or by appointment

Established by the City of Ocala the design studio features ideas, projects, and initiatives, underway within Ocala's planned redevelopment areas.

Promotion sustainable design the studio serves as a resource to visitors, investors, design and construction professionals.

Visit us for a guest lecture, a presentation, or to participate in a community design exercise.

For more information:

Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability
151 SE Osceola Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 629-8311






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