More shuttles? Maybe, with the Atlanta Botanical Garden project from Gainesville


He said the attraction had to set up shuttles to allow parking for some events.

“Running a shuttle around the neighborhood and the community is not good for the institution or the people of Gainesville,” said Fix.

To carry out the project, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens at 1911 Sweetbay Drive are seeking to annex and rezone some 38 acres around the site. Applications are expected to be submitted to the Gainesville Planning and Appeal Board on Tuesday, November 9.

The garden, which opened in 2015, is set on 168 acres donated by the late founders of The Times, Charles and Lessie Smithgall. The garden includes trails, an amphitheater, a children’s garden, a gift shop, a visitor center and a pond.

Specifically, the garden seeks to dezone nearly 21 acres of Roper Hill Road, Lakehill Drive and Cleveland Highway and annex 17 acres of Barrett Street, Gary Street, Lakehill Drive and Randall Street.

“The intention is to add property to the existing Atlanta Botanical Garden for future expansion,” says a planning document from Gainesville. “The planned expansions will be phased in based on funding needs and opportunities. “

The new parking spaces could be open by October 2022, Fix said.

The planning board’s decision will serve as a recommendation for denial or approval. Gainesville City Council would make the final decision at a later date.


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