The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board unanimously approved a go-kart course addition to the Gainesville Bowling Center on Tuesday.
The course would be added as an outdoor commercial recreational center to the Gainesville Bowling Center, which also includes laser tag and an arcade.
The 2.4 acres are on the southwest side of the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and Green Crest Drive.
Two people spoke against the go-kart addition, cousins of business owner Debbie Lunsford-Love. They complained the addition of the go-kart course would lead to more traffic and crime in the area.
Lunsford-Love said the vandalism in the neighborhood and the additional cars parked on Green Crest Drive were not due to the entertainment center’s presence in the neighborhood.
The company was asking for a special use exception for the property, which is zoned light industrial. The go-karts would occupy an unused portion of the front parking lot area. It’s expected to include a building for customers to access the recreational area, to store the go-karts and to provide additional lighting.
The board voted unanimously in favor of Lunsford-Love in granting the special use request
Gainesville planning staff recommended approval based on five conditions, including an electric track, limiting outside noise, planting evergreen buffer trees and limiting the operating hours compared with the hours of the bowling center.
The request now goes to the Gainesville City Council for final approval.