Subdivision by creeks sought

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 1:26 a.m.
A Boca Raton investor wants to build a subdivision on nearly a quarter of a 930-acre northwest Gainesville tract - land once proposed to become the largest single development in the city's history.
Arthur Weiss wants to build a 418-lot subdivision called Krystle Pines in the 8100 block of NW 43rd Street, between the Blues Creek and Turkey Creek Forest neighborhoods.
The 215-acre subdivision would include a clubhouse, a pool and a recreation area. It would be built in seven phases.
The city's Development Review Board will consider preliminary site plans for Krystle Pines tonight, beginning a lengthy approval process for the subdivision that could take a year or longer.
Weiss bought the property at U.S. 441 and NW 43rd Street in the 1970s.
In the early 1990s, he proposed turning the land into Greenways of Gainesville, a controversial development that would have included nearly 2,000 homes, apartments and assisted living facilities, in addition to hundreds of thousands of square feet of shops, offices, business parks, a school, a fire station, trails and recreation facilities.
The City Commission denied the plan in October 2000 amidst concerns that it posed an environmental threat to Blues and Turkey creeks, both of which have their headwaters on the Greenways site.
Six months later, most of the Greenways site was nominated as a candidate for Alachua County Forever, a conservation program that allows the county to buy environmentally sensitive land from private owners.
However, Weiss and his attorney did not respond to the county's inquiries about participating in the program, according to county officials.
Weiss and the engineer overseeing Krystle Pines could not be reached for comment.

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