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Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

POSTED: July 17, 2014 12:24 a.m.

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

Workers said it would take two to three weeks to knock down the walls, tear out the insides and remove the debris from the property.

Plans to build a new 42,000-square-foot grocery store and an accompanying 12-pump fueling station proved controversial in recent months.

Residents of neighborhoods near the shopping center turned out at City Council meetings to voice their opposition to the redevelopment. They held protests and worked with business owners there to fight the project.

City Council approved a rezoning needed for the redevelopment to proceed.

What company will operate the grocery store has been the source of speculation.

Residents made no effort to hide their objection to the rumored prospect that Wal-Mart might be moving in.

But the developer, Polestar LLC, repeatedly declined to announce the tenant.

Representatives with Polestar told The Times this week an announcement would likely be coming “very soon.”

Meanwhile, part of the Lanier Commons shopping center on Browns Bridge Road also is being demolished.

Polestar is redeveloping this site for another grocery store and gas station, and an announcement on the tenant also is expected soon.


lou2: July 17, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Protection of residential neighborhoods means nothing to the city council.

Barkley: July 17, 2014 8:19 p.m.

While people legitimately differ on their support or non-support of this project; what we all should be gravely concerned about is the "fast track" that was employed that made it a "fait accompli" by the council before most of us knew about this Polestar project. Thereby it diminished the opportunity for any constructive input by Gainesville's citizen's.

Bob Hamrick noted at the council meeting that he did not receive one favorable comment from his constituents regarding this Thompson Bridge project. This project is located in Mr. Hamrick's ward.

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