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Gainesville retail center inches closer
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A proposed Gainesville retail center inched closer to reality Tuesday as Gainesville City Council members heard a report recommending the annexation of 68 acres near Interstate 985 off Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways for the development.

The center — which would include some 400,000 square feet of commercial space, 200,000 square feet of nearby office space and about 300 multifamily residential units — was requested by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises.

The city’s Planning and Appeals Board, which makes recommendations on annexations to City Council, unanimously endorsed the proposal during its May 8 meeting.

The development is slated to be anchored by a 123,000-square-foot store, which will likely be occupied by Kroger by February 2014. Previous city planning documents included Kroger as the name of the store, but a more recent document is more generic.

The council will make the final decision on the annexation request in June.

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