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Public money to aid building of restaurants, residential property in downtown Gainesville
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The parking lot by Gainesville Square, which will be the site of a new mixed-use development, in Gainesville, on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. - photo by David Barnes
Millions of dollars in public financing is set to change the face and character of downtown Gainesville, likely bringing chain restaurants to storefronts that have been locally owned and residents to what is almost entirely a commercial district. “I look for that to happen,” Councilman George Wangemann said. “I view this whole thing kind of as a public-private partnership.”