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Application withdrawn for Lakeshore Drive commercial development
A retail, restaurant and office complex was proposed at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, but the developer has withdrawn the application. - photo by Megan Reed

The Gainesville City Council has approved the withdrawal of an application for a commercial development at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Dawsonville Highway.

The application was withdrawn without prejudice, so the applicant, REB Land Development LLC, can reapply for a new development for the property at any time.

The property, which is across the street from Lakeshore Mall, is currently home to the Gainesville Masonic Lodge, which had planned to relocate. A 10,000-square-foot building with retail and restaurants, as well as a 3,500-square-foot quick-service restaurant with a drive-thru, were proposed for the 2.74-acre site.

However, residents of the Lakeshore Heights subdivision spoke out against the development at a July 10 planning and appeals board meeting, saying they were worried about the traffic that often comes along with commercial development.

In an email to Gainesville’s planning manager Matt Tate sent on Wednesday, Aug. 1, developer Rock Baker said that “it seems this is not going our way.” In the email, he asked that the request be withdrawn without prejudice.