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Planning board OKs subdivision access despite Kubota objection
New road would provide way into 16-lot subdivision
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Frank Norton, CEO of the Gainesville-based real estate firm The Norton Agency

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An application for a proposed senior assisted-living facility at the New Holland Market in Gainesville has been withdrawn, according to city planning officials.

Caddis Acquisition Partners, LLC, had initially asked the planning board to amend the existing Planned Unit Development zoning on a 9.5-acre tract so that the senior home could be developed.

A “surprise” objection from Kubota Manufacturing on Tuesday was not enough to change the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s support for the construction of a road off Goetz Circle to access an undeveloped 16-lot subdivision.

Kubota has a facility nearby and owns adjacent properties, as well.

A company representative said Kubota has interest in expanding in the area and that it’s industry was incompatible with planned housing that has such a close access point, describing it as an “inherent conflict.”

City officials gave the go-ahead to the proposed subdivision, located in the White Sulphur Road area, in 2010.

The development has been delayed, in part, because an initial access point from Ramsey Road is not actually feasible due to sloping terrain and an existing stream.

Frank Norton, CEO of the Gainesville-based real estate firm The Norton Agency, said changing the access point has enormous environmental benefits.

Access is now proposed from Goetz Circle and the planning board OK’d a request for the city to annex .89 acres to make this happen.

“It is a surprise that Kubota is against this …” Norton said, adding that the company’s real solution lies in purchasing the land for itself.

In other business

An application for a proposed senior assisted-living facility at the New Holland Market in Gainesville has been withdrawn, according to city planning officials.

Caddis Acquisition Partners, LLC, had initially asked the planning board to amend the existing planned unit development zoning on a 9.5-acre tract so that the senior home could be developed.

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