Commission reschedules vote on NW 8th Ave. to night session

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:38 p.m.

The Gainesville City Commission has rescheduled the Northwest Eighth Avenue road project discussion and vote to 7 p.m. today.

The unanimous decision was made after close to 50 minutes of discussion among commissioners and members of the public. At one point, Commissioner Susan Bottcher said she favored keeping the item in the afternoon session because it had been fully "vetted" already and the evening agenda was crowded.

Commissioner Todd Chase made a motion to postpone the item until after Mayor-elect Ed Braddy takes office, but it did not gain traction.

The future road project has sparked public interest and debate over a plan to reduce travel lanes from two to one in each direction on a stretch from just east of Northwest 34th Street to just west of Northwest 23rd Street. That would accommodate in-street bicycle lanes and a median.

The evening session is expected to be lengthy. A developer's request to change prior approvals for the proposed University Corners project, including increasing the building height from 8 stories and 95 feet to 10 stories and 110 feet, is among the items scheduled for the evening.

The evening meeting typically begins around 6 p.m.

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