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Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

Dadisman leaves planning board

POSTED: August 13, 2014 1:14 a.m.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

Medical Arts wants to connect the properties it owns there, including The Longstreet Clinic building, to pave the way for potential future expansion.

But planning officials said they need more details about the proposal before proceeding.

The portion of Broad Street in question includes a raised pedestrian walkway, private access driveways, 16 on-street parking spaces and part of a public water line.

Planning staff said the city’s public works and fire departments oppose abandoning the Broad Street right-of-way, citing concerns about maintaining existing infrastructure and a need to keep the thruway open for emergency response teams.

The planning board will now hear the request at its Oct. 14 meeting.

In other business, Tuesday marked Chairman Dean Dadisman’s last day on the planning board.

Dadisman is moving to South Carolina to be closer to family.

City Council has not yet appointed a replacement, though officials said they would likely do so in the coming weeks.


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