Springhills would wipe out future commercial growth

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 11:11 p.m.

The Springhills development, if approved by our county commissioners, would severely damage economic revitalization of Gainesville's east side.

According to the Alachua County manager, "The new (Springhills plan) will also absorb or capture over 20 years worth of commercial use allowable countywide in the future, resulting in the limiting of commercial expansion in other areas of the county and/or city."

Not only would the proposed expansion plan choke NW 39th Avenue back up I-75 in both directions and destroy Millhopper Road's scenic value but it would also ruin the chances of getting decent shopping to the east side for at least two decades!

This is not just an "edge city," it is a retail vacuum. No wonder the Gainesville City Commission unanimously recommended against adoption.

Let your county commissioners (bocc@alachuacounty.us) know that you do not want to have to ride the bus or pay higher gasoline costs to rust belt developers for the privilege of shopping near I-75. Gainesville is one of the 10 most livable cities in America. Why trash this?

Dean W. Gabriel,


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