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Retail and restaurants may go up at Dawsonville Highway, Lakeshore Drive intersection
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A retail, restaurant and office complex was proposed at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, but the developer has withdrawn the application. - photo by Megan Reed

A retail, restaurant and office complex might be built at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Dawsonville Highway, the current site of the Gainesville Masonic Lodge across the street from Lakeshore Mall.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will consider the proposal at their Tuesday, July 10 meeting.

The Gainesville Masonic Lodge, which was built in 1962, would be demolished and Masonic Lodge members would relocate to a new facility.

The proposal for the 2.74-acre site includes a 3,500-square-foot quick service restaurant with a drive-thru and an approximately 10,000-square-foot retail and restaurant building.

The property would be rezoned from residential to general business. It is near the Lakeshore Heights subdivision and a multi-tenant gas station building.

City planning staff is recommending approval of the request, including restrictions on access points to only Dawsonville Highway and Lakeshore Drive, as well as a buffer between the property and a neighboring residence.

The planning board’s recommendation will then go to the City Council for a public hearing on Aug. 7.

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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