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The places in midtown Gainesville that can stay but city leaders want no more of, in one map
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Bradford Street near the southern end of Gainesville's midtown area. - photo by Scott Rogers

These 30 types of places will no longer be allowed in midtown Gainesville.

  • Automated or non-automated car washes
  • Coin-laundry facilities

  • Dollar-type stores or thrift stores

  • Community donation boxes

  • Gas stations

  • Group homes, homeless shelters, rooming house or crisis centers

  • Industrial uses causing the emission of noise, vibration, smoke, dust, gas, fumes and odors

  • Industrial uses with outdoor storage

  • Jail/correctional facility

  • Kennels

  • Liquor stores

  • Marine sales or repair stores

  • Massage parlors

  • Mini-warehouses including climate controlled self-service storage facilities

  • Motels or extended stay lodging

  • Motor vehicle sales or service

  • Pawn shops

  • Psychics, fortune tellers, clairvoyants and the like

  • Salvage yard

  • Sanitation uses including the storage of trash cans, dumpsters and porta potties

  • Sawmill

  • Sexually-oriented adult uses

  • Tattoo parlors

  • Taxi-cab or limousine services

  • Tobacco or vaping stores

  • Truck stops

  • Vehicle emission testing facility

  • Veterinarian or animal hospitals with outdoor kennels

  • Wireless telecommunication facility or cell towers excluding co-location

  • Wrecked motor vehicle compound

The specific district where the new rules are in effect is called the Midtown Overlay Zone and is bounded by E.E. Butler Parkway, Jesse Jewell Parkway, Queen City Parkway and the railroad.

The Gainesville City Council voted Nov. 6 to ban any new establishments that fall under these categories.

The businesses and nonprofits on this map of midtown will not have to close their doors, but new ones like them will not be allowed under the new ordinance.


The new rules are part of the city’s plans for midtown as a new business center. City officials want to spruce up the area, shifting it from an industrial center to a gathering place with possibly a hotel, more residences and more retail options.

Midtown Gainesville is characterized by industrial developments and some small businesses, but the addition of The Enclave housing development and the city’s purchase of land on the southern end of the Jesse Jewell Parkway pedestrian bridge could help spur change.

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