City Commission Approves Changes to Butler Plaza Expansion Project
Published May 30th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Plans for a major renovation and expansion to Gainesville's Butler Plaza cleared their final hurdle Wednesday night.
In a special meeting, the Gainesville City Commission approved a series of land-use and rezoning changes to Butler Plaza's planned mixed-use redevelopment project.
The plan was initially approved by the commission last year, but had to be approved yet again after developers made a series of changes to the original plan.
One of those changes was moving the location of the proposed town center farther east, closer to the intersection of Archer Road and Southwest 34th Street.
"By bringing the town center forward, to the 'front door' or the 'gateway' here on Archer Road, it creates that attraction and gets people into the project," said Gerry Dedenbach, a representative for Butler Enterprises, during a presentation at Wednesday night's meeting.
While Butler representatives were quick to point out the beneficial aspects of the project, the changes did not sit well with everyone.
Commissioner Thomas Hawkins said the developer's request to increase the average block size in one portion of the project would put pedestrians at risk.
In the end, the revised plans were approved by a vote of 6-to-1, with Hawkins as the lone vote in dissent.
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