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Golden Corral proposed at current Folks site
A request has been submitted to the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board to build an 11,000-square-foot Golden Corral restaurant on the property that currently contains a 5,219-square-foot Folks restaurant “that will be demolished.”

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. June 14

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

A Golden Corral may replace the Folks restaurant on Browns Bridge Road, and it would be twice the size of the current building. 

A request that goes before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board in June would facilitate demolition of the builing that houses Folks. A variance request was submitted by Bryan Day with Day Design Group for changes to parking space and setback requirements on the property at the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and Pearl Nix Parkway.

The request stated it would allow for a new, 11,000-square-foot Golden Corral restaurant on the property that currently contains a 5,219 square foot Folks restaurant “that will be demolished.”

“Basically there are two parts to the variance request,” said Matt Tate, city planning manager. “They are requesting a front yard building setback, because they want to tear down the existing building and replace it with a new building. So the existing building is just over 5,000 square feet in size and the new building is almost twice the size.”

Tate said when a building is torn down to be replaced with another, the new building has to meet the “setback” — or distance the building is set back from a street, flood plain, etc. — of the prior building.

Because the Golden Corral would be much bigger than the existing restaurant, a variance is required.

“In terms of the placement of it, it will be very similar to the Folks restaurant that’s currently there,” Tate said. “So the building will be larger, but it won’t encroach any closer than the existing building does.”

The second part of the variance request, Tate said, refers to the parking on the property. Because the new building will be built back into the parking lot area, fewer parking spaces will be available.

“But the way that’s always operated, they have shared parking with the shopping center,” he said. “So most of their parking will be provided by the shopping center. ... That’s typical of shopping centers.”

Variances can be granted in cases of “hardship,” and in this case, the hardship is based on the property’s size, shape and “odd” corner lot configuration.

Attempts to reach Day were unsuccessful Tuesday, and a worker who answered the phone at Folks said she was unaware of the coming changes.

The request will be considered at the Planning and Appeals Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 14. All meetings are held in the Municipal Courtroom of the Gainesville Justice Center in the Public Safety Complex at 701 Queen City Parkway.

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