Butler's new mall will create yet another mess

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:09 a.m.
What were local legislators and county commissioners thinking when they began to approve the pleas of Clark Butler to expand the width of a road to connect Butler Plaza and his proposed new mall?
There will be more concrete-box store construction, more asphalt parking lots which become abandoned or of little interest to the original investors over time, and we'll all get stuck having to drive by the whole mess.
Job opportunities lie in the eye of the beholder. When Butler gets his long-term goal of his new mall, as he probably will, what will happen to the original mess his investments have left behind at the corner of 34th Street and Archer Road? Will there be empty stores? Who knows?
One thing I do know is that any more paving of Alachua County needs to be done over existing roadways in need of repair, not just for one family's economic gain, selfishness and lack of vision.
Jeff Sterling, Micanopy

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