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Lanier Plaza developer eyes 2nd makeover
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Polestar LLC, a subsidiary of Tennessee-based developer Hutton, caused a stir in recent weeks with its plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road. But the controversy surrounding that project, which dozens of residents vocally opposed at Gainesville planning board and City Council meetings, is unlikely to be recreated when Polestar moves ahead with redeveloping the Lanier Commons shopping center at Browns Bridge and McEver roads. Polestar has proposed tearing down a portion of the shopping center that once housed a Food Lion, building in its place a new 42,000-square-foot grocery store and pharmacy, plus a 12-pump fueling station.