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QuikTrip goes before planning board this week with this request
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QuikTrip is asking Gainesville to abandon this portion of Gordon Avenue, which juts off Jesse Jewell Parkway, so it can build a convenience store off Jesse Jewell and Queen City Parkway. - photo by Jeff Gill

QuikTrip’s push to build a convenience store at Jesse Jewell and Queen City parkways goes before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The company is requesting that the city abandon a portion of Gordon Avenue, which juts off Jesse Jewell just north of Queen City, to enable the project on property where a century-old historic home was torn down in 2017.

The Gainesville property is currently zoned to allow for the convenience store.

A deserted motel and abandoned office/paint store site also would be demolished as part of the redevelopment, Matt Tate, deputy director of the city’s Community & Economic Development department, has said.

“The site would also be lowered to the elevation of Jesse Jewell Parkway,” he said.

Access to the QuikTrip is proposed from Jesse Jewell, Queen City, East Avenue and the remaining portion of Gordon Avenue, Tate said.

In a July email, Mike Thornbrugh, QuikTrip spokesman, confirmed efforts to build on the site, creating what would be the chain’s third location in Gainesville. Other stores are off West Ridge Road and Jesse Jewell Parkway.

Thornbrugh wouldn’t speculate on a timeline if the project gets approved.

“One step at a time,” he said in an email.

The planning board can only recommend approval or denial. The final decision would rest with the Gainesville City Council, which is set to hear the request Sept. 17.

City planning staff is OK with the road abandonment request “based on the development access plan and the results of the traffic impact study,” a city document states.

One other condition: QT must build a “Welcome to the City of Gainesville” sign at the corner of Jesse Jewell and Queen City.

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These are renderings of the QuikTrip convenience store planned off Jesse Jewell and Queen City parkways in Gainesville.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

What: Proposed road abandonment for QuikTrip convenience store

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway